Commons Startup Support Programme “La Comunificadora” launches in Barcelona

La Comunificadora is a programme from Barcelona Activa realised together with Platoniq, Foundation Goteo and the Free Knowledge Institute, and a large group of people and organisations working for the collaborative economy, free culture and commons movements. We seek to support collaborative economy projects that have a clear focus on the commons. Selected projects get a face-2-face training and mentoring programme supported by online platforms and several meetups to mature and make their projects more successful.

FKI assembles Legal Advisory Board to support the DiDIY Project

One of the research tracks of the Digital DIY (DiDIY) Project is the one (Work Package 6) on DiDIY Legal Issues, Rights and Responsibilities. We are happy to announce that, in order to assist us in that activity, the DiDIY Project has specifically set up a DiDIY Legal Advisory Board (LAB). This is a honorary body of lawyers, legal scholars and experts who can be consulted for review of legal aspects related to the Digital DIY project and subject matter.

Open Source Circular Economy Days

The OSCE Days have evolved in a powerful worldwide event, this year taking polace in more than 70 cities on all continents. The concept is powerful in that it reaches out to various different communities, strengthening relationships, understanding and forstering new collaborations. To name a few ccommunities or movements, it connects people from the Free Software movement (a.k.a. open source software),...

Digital Commons at the IASC Regional European Conference in Bern

Last week I had the pleasure to participate in the Regional European Conference in Bern, Switzerland, organised by the International Association of the Commons, the IASC. The main theme was "GLOBAL CONNECTIONS AND LOCAL RESPONSES", an adequate theme for many of the social movements and commons initiatives around the world. The natural resource and social commons were strongly represented, but some of the keynotes and sessions also pointed to the knowledge commons and digital commons.

The Things Network: 4x Commons for the Internet of Things

The Things Network is an initiative to build a distributed wireless data network for connecting "things" to the net, fully owned and controlled by its users. The Internet of Things (IoT) typically consists of electronic devices with sensors and actuators that transmit small bits of data to the net. The Things Network (TTN) uses a free spectrum radio technology called LoRaWAN, that is Long Range, using low bandwidth and low power. Their newly designed gateways by the TTN are low cost at 200 €, while Arduino UNO nodes go for 40 €.

The Commons Law Perspective, Open Hardware and Digital DIY

Photo of David Bollier by Joi Ito - originally posted to Flickr as David Bollier. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DavidBollierJI1.jpg#/media/File:DavidBollierJI1.jpgOn October 1st I had an interview with David Bollier. Given his decade long work on the commons, as researcher and activist, author of books like Viral Spiral and in particular his work on Laws and the Commons, I thought that his perspective would be meaningful for our research in the DiDIY project. In particular for our work on rights and responsibilities, but also more in general to the various workpackages that make up the project.

The Free Knowledge Institute participates in "Digital DIY" Project

Digital Do It Yourself (DiDIY) is a new socio-technological phenomenon, centered around digital devices that support, often through open online communities, the convergence of "atoms" and "bits".

The DiDIY Research Project, which addresses the Horizon 2020 call for a "Human-centric Digital Age", is studying how DiDIY and the increasing social adoption of ABC devices are:

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