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Sessions will last 90 minutes. Each session will start with the presentation of an edge case that highlights the issues related to the Net as a public good in that domain. The edge case presentation will last 20 minutes and the remaining 70 minutes will be devoted to broadening and generalizing the discussion. The session moderators will attempt to move the discussion in a way so that concrete issues related to policy development (organizational and governmental), research agenda (what is unknown and what needs to be known), and technological development (how can technologies be developed to help in the domain) will be outlined.

Since our group size is fairly small we will strive to include everyone in the discussion.

During each session, we'll work to record and otherwise document what we learn. In particular, we want to capture things like:

  • what was discussed?
  • what needs to be researched?
  • what do the discussions make us want to do?
  • who should we share this information with?
  • what things are urgent and critical?


Day One (Monday, July 30th) - Cumnock 220
Time Session
14:00-15:00 Registration & Informal Coffee

Grab your badge and information kit. Meet other participants and have a coffee with them. If you are running late, you can pick up the materials in any session.

15:00-15:15 Symposium Welcome ( Hecker, Lakhani, Maclay)

Colin, Frank and Karim set the stage for the symposium.

15:15-16:00 Self Introductions

One minute self-introductions from each participant. Please tell us who you are? What brought you here? And what you hope to get out of the symposium.

16:00-18:00 In What Sense is the Internet a Public Good? ( Searls, Gasser, Bessen)

In this session we will lay out the foundations of the Internet as a Public Good - from an economic, legal and social perspectives. Doc Searls will lead the disscussion with 10 minute overviews from Jim Bessen and Urs Gasser.

18:30 - Reception and Dinner - Williams Room, Spangler Hall

A time to get to know the other participants in an informal setting.

Day Two (Tuesday, July 31st) Cumnock 220
Time Session
08:30-08:45 Day Two Welcome

Colin and Karim to summarize discussion from the day before and lay out the plan for the remaining day.

08:45-10:15 Civil Society and the Net as a Public Good

Ellen Miller from the Sunlight Foundation will lead the discussion around the policy and technological issues in opening up access to political and governmental information.

10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 Science, Innovation and the Net as a Public Good

What are the challenges in doing "Science" as a Public Good. John Wilbanks from Science Commons will present the edge case. Email me for a copy of the presentation - jtw.

12:15-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Access, Infrastructure and the Net as Public Good

Robin Chase will present the edge case relating to mobile mesh networks. Mitchell Baker will discuss the Mozilla Manifesto and its implications for internet-based public goods creation and preservation.

15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-17:00 Symposium Wrapup (Hecker, Lakhani, Maclay)

We will focus on highlighting concrete ideas on doing meaningful work with the discussions. We will also discuss how to disseminate the output of this workshop to others and also if it make sense to continue meeting as a group.