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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, k.aisola {AT} kaiaconsult.com.





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