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|[Nettime-nl] First Monday conferentie in Heelen, 4-6 november 2001|
http://www.infonomics.nl/newdefinitions/ FM1 New Definitions: Value, Community, Space First Monday & International Institute of Infonomics November 4-6, 2001 Heerlen/Maastricht, the Netherlands The impact on society of the technologies of "digitisation" is universal and ubiquitous, affecting everything. But how does this digitisation change our basic concepts about society? FM 1 New Definitions will bring together some of the world's leading thinkers and doers in various fields-from anthropology to law, economics to information technology-to ask: What, if anything, is new about the way we redefine our understanding of these concepts? This conference is uniquely designed to contrast opinions from different disciplines in sessions linked by common themes: Value, Community, Space. A special Crosstalk session each day brings together participants from the different themes in debate, to elicit a broader understanding of the issues that face us. The conference will be held in the historic region of Heerlen/Maastricht in the Netherlands. FM 1 New Definitions is being organised by First Monday - the peer-reviewed journal of the Internet, and the International Institute of Infonomics, a new venture of the University of Maastricht and Hogeschool Zuyd sponsored by the European Commission. The issues The impact on society of the technologies of "digitisation" has transcended the limits of any single discipline. It is universal and ubiquitous, affecting everything. This leads us to ask whether-and how-digitisation affects our basic concepts about society. Basic concepts such as value, community, law, space-these cut across boundaries of scientific discipline, and they cross the lines between policy-makers, business and academia. Do these concepts change with the impact of new information and communication technologies? If so, how much, and what are these changes? The questions This conference will bring together the world's leading thinkers and doers in various fields-from anthropology to law, economics to information technology-to ask: What, if anything, is new about the way we redefine our understanding of these concepts? How do we adjust our notions of value, given the rise of non-monetary activities of production and consumption such as in the world of free software? How do we measure value, without prices? What is the meaning of money, with the emergence of new electronic currencies and payment systems? What do we think of community, when the scope of this word seems both broader and narrower than ever before? How are communities being built and how are they held together, with ties that now seem so intangible? What happens when trust and reputation are of increasing importance to form social networks, but your identity is so hard to prove? What happens to law and order, when the borders that used to define jurisdiction disappear? Have our notions of space changed-and how does navigating through cyberspace relate to working one's way through brickspace? What role does space-geographical, economic-play in deciding the impact of digitization? Space can be trancended through new media to increase freedom and democracy-but is a new space emerging that increases inequality? The format This conference is uniquely designed to contrast opinions from different disciplines in sessions linked by common themes: Value, Community, Space. A special Crosstalk session each day brings together participants from the different themes in debate, to elicit a broader understanding of the issues that face us. Who will speak This conference emerges from First Monday's reputation as a source of quality ideas and research on digitisation and society. Beginning with keynote presentations from two of First Monday's well-known editorial board members, this conference draws on First Monday's long list of authors, some of the foremost thinkers in their fields. Who should attend This conference will offer insights into issues that are critical to economic, social and technological development in Europe as well as worldwide. It will appeal to everyone concerned with the emerging understanding of digitization and its impact on society, policy and business. We expect as participants academics, corporate officers, government policy makers, thinkers and activists from around the world. FM1 New Definitions: Value Community Space will have an innovative format of keynote presentations, inter-disciplinary panels and speakers as well as Crosstalk, a debate cutting across conference themes and sessions. Keynote presentations Esther Dyson, Consulting Editor, First Monday Anthony Rutkowski, Network Solutions Inc. Speakers Steve Cisler, Contributing Editor, First Monday Wilfred Dolfsma, International Institute of Infonomics Paul Duguid, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center Kasper Edwards, Technical University Denmark Andreas Harsono, Institute for Studies of Freeflow of Information, Jakarta Leo van Hove, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Bernardo Huberman, Hewlett-Packard Sand Hill Labs Bernt Hugenholtz, Institute for Information Law, Amsterdam University Christopher Kelty, Rice University, Houston Bonnie Nardi, Agilent Technologies Inc Bruce Perens, Open Source evangelist, Hewlett-Packard, David Post, Temple University School of Law Howard Rheingold, author, "The Virtual Community" Richard Rogers, University of Amsterdam Richard Wiggins, Michigan State University Organisers Edward Valauskas, Chief Editor, First Monday Luc Soete, Director, International Institute of Infonomics Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, International & Managing Editor, First Monday / Programme Leader, International Institute of Infonomics The organising institutions This conference is jointly organised by First Monday and the International Institute of Infonomics. First Monday is the peer-reviewed journal of the Internet. Originally started in May 1996 as an experiment in academic electronic publishing by Munksgaard International, Copenhagen, First Monday has since become independent, and completely international. First Monday has in its five years of existence attracted papers from world-reknown scholars, while also providing a platform for young researchers and thinkers from every discipline. It now has a readership in 160 countries-from Bhutan to Brazil-and receives over a million visits a month. It is available for free access at www.firstmonday.org To celebrate its successful first five years, First Monday is starting a conference series of which FM 1 New Definitions is the first. The second conference will be in August 2002, in Aarhus, Denmark. The International Institute of Infonomics was created last year by the University of Maastricht and Hogeschool Zuyd, to provide a multidisciplinary environment for the study of the digitisation of society. It brings together insights from a variety of fields, ranging from anthropology, linguistics, law, mathematics, to communication science, sociology, economics and business studies. The institute is involved in basic research as well as inputs into policy and business at the European and international level. It is initially funded in large part by the European Commission, and is involved in several EC projects. The institute web site is www.infonomics.nl For more information and sponsorship opportunities contact Conference Coordinator Kamini Aisola, email@example.com. ______________________________________________________ * Verspreid via nettime-nl. 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