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ORG is hiring!

The Open Rights Group is hiring an addition to their fantastic team. From the announcement:

Thanks to a generous grant from the Open Society Institute, we’re
seeking to expand our campaigning team. We’re looking for an
experienced and committed digital rights campaigner to amplify our
work on issues around copyright reform and copyright infringement,
taking the concerns of ORG and its supporters to Europe and beyond.

The right candidate will be a self-starter, someone who can set their
own goals, delegate and prioritise and who has the ability to initiate
and successfully execute projects. It’s an exciting opportunity to be
part of a small, committed team working to protect civil liberties and
consumer rights in the digital age.

If you’re interested in applying, please read this job description
for further details about the position. CVs and covering letters
should be sent in .pdf format to michael [AT] openrightsgroup.org by
midnight on Sunday 11 May. Interviews will take place in central
London in the period 14-16 May.


Job description

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What I’ve been surfing for 29th February 2008 through 12th March 2008

These are my links for 29th February 2008 through 12th March 2008:

  • Spam from Gmail doubled last month | InfoWorld | News | 2008-03-11 | By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service - “”It’s only a matter of time before [CAPTCHAs] are comprehensively defeated,” said Paul Wood, senior analyst at MessageLabs.”
  • Abandoning patents - when to do it (IP Thinktank Blog) - Bucknell gives some thoughts on when to cut out of the patent application process…
  • Report from the JISC/OPSI Power of Information Review forum - SCA has released the report from the joint JISC / OPSI event in January.
  • Eduserv unveils OpenAthens - “The launch builds on the successful and widely adopted Athens service[1], and enables Institutions to gain secure access to Shibboleth protected, UK Access Management Federation[2] resources and maintain access to Athens protected resources at low cost,
  • Design: Intellectual Property Donor Sticker Proves Your Unrealistic Arrogance After You’re Dead - Donating work to the public domain instead of organ donation upon death….
  • Trade and Censorship: The EU View - Net neutrality as an international trade issue…

International IP professorship in Germany

Via jobs.ac.uk

The holder of this tenure track position is expected to focus on trans-border protection of intellectual property rights and to co-operate with the other disciplines represented in the Cluster as well as with the junior research group on normative conditions of development aid policy. Applicants should have a strong record in international economic law and/or public international law.

Plutopia — EFF-Austin at SXSW

Today for those of you in Austin. These events are always fun, and this year looks really interesting. (FYI, I used to be on the EFF-Austin board…)

For those who still don’t have plans, EFF-Austin is co-sponsoring a SXSW party this Monday at Scholz Garten. This year’s shindig (titled Plutopia) includes music by Carl Stone, Intimate Stranger, and David Demaris; The Heather Gold Show, a talk by Bill McKibben, the Lance Van de Kamp Show featuring Maggie Duval, Omega Monster Patrol, along with a diverse set of artists, hackers, bots, and poets. Admission is $10 at the door, or you can get in free if you’re in sci-fi costume and/or you have a SXSW badge.

More information can be found here:

We also still have room for a few more volunteers to take tickets at the door. If you are able to help out, please let me know (matEMAIL REMOVEDffaustin.org) so I can put you on the guest list.

A2K3 in Geneva - 8-10 September 2008

Please save the date for the Yale Information Society Project’s (Yale ISP) third annual Access to Knowledge Conference (A2K3) on September 8-10, 2008. In a departure from precedent, please note that this year’s conference will take place in Geneva, Switzerland.

The location and timing will enable this year’s event to reach out to a significant new audience of international organizations and policy-makers, particularly those delegates preparing for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assembly a few weeks later.

This year’s conference will also benefit from the collaboration of several new partners in contributing to the conference program, which will feature three days of plenary panels, as well as workshops for smaller working groups.

As in past years, A2K3 will be free and open to the public, but advance registration will be required; more information will follow in due course. We hope you will mark your calendars and plan to join us in Geneva this September.

IP and feminist legal theory

An event I wish, but will be unable, to attend:

American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property; Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law; and Women and the Law Program present the Fifth Annual Symposium on IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections. The symposium explores the rich intersection of intellectual property law and feminist theory.

April 4, 2008


American University Washington College of Law

4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW * Washington, DC 20016

Room 528

This year’s symposium will feature presentations by Anita Allen, Rebecca Tushnet, Olufunmilayo Arewa, Séverine Dusollier, Kevin Collins, Ian Kerr, Laurence Rassel, Debora Halbert, Kevin Jerome Greene and Francesca Coppa.

A full listing of paper topics and commenters, webcast address, registration and travel information, and copies of published symposium papers from prior years is available at:

We encourage you to register at
if you plan to attend so that we may accurately gauge demand for the complimentary lunch we will serve to all attendees.

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