Free Culture Forum 2015
Citizen Rights' Observatory in the Digital Age

Working groups

Coordination meetings for action groups, open to the press and to anyone interested.
Be informed about and participate in the hot issues surrounding the struggle to defend the Internet and our rights in the digital age. Organisations that are already working together as a network will be attending these meetings.
We ask those wishing to attend to come previously informed about the issues to be addressed and the participating organisations.
The meetings will be in English, except for the session on Saturday from 15:00 to 16:15, which will be in Spanish.

Structure of the working groups’ meetings:

  • Update on the current state of affairs.
  • Activities of the invited groups related to the issues at hand (achievements and challenges).
  • Q&A from all of the participants (online participation via chat available – participation will be moderated and only relevant questions will be shared).
  • Tactical calendar and future actions.
  • Specific contributions in relation to municipal governments and local situations.

Internet as a battle field

October 30th

Coordinated by Xnet
Place: ConservasCalle Sant Pau 58, Barcelona

15:00 – 17:15
Legislation on copyright and intellectual property. Net Neutrality.

Language: English

Victories and resistance to the wild reforms on intellectual property laws driven by the culture industry lobby.
The daily struggle to defend Net Neutrality.
Development of the Save The Internet campaign and others.

Diego Naranjo / Maryant Fernández-Pérez, European Digital Rights – EDRi
Till Kreutzer, Initiative Against an Ancillary Copyright – IGEL
Gaelle Krikorian, asesora en Acceso al Conocimiento & Propiedad Intelectual
Estelle Massé, Access
Thomas Lohninger, Netzfreiheit
Rejo Zenger, Bits of Freedom
Jérémie Zimmermann, La Quadrature du Net


17:30 – 20:00
Freedom of expression & freedom of information.

Language: English

State of affairs in Europe with particular attention to the work of the coalition against Trade Secrets. Privatised law enforcement – the case of freedom of information, copyright and the “fight against terrorism”.

James Love, Knowledge Ecology International – KEI
Jeremy Malcolm, Electronic Frontier Foundation – EFF
Renata Avila, Human Rights and Intellectual Property Lawyer & Wikileaks, Courage Foundation, Creative Commons advisor and member of Web We Want
Diego Naranjo / Maryant Fernández-Pérez, European Digital Rights – EDRi
– Guests: Ali Nikouei, Baaroo Foundation


October 31st

Coordinated by Xnet
Place: La FarineraGran Via de les Corts Catalanes 837, Barcelona

15:00 – 16:15
Freedom of expression, freedom of information, freedom of action: state of affairs and coordination of struggles in the Spanish state #LeyesMordaza #LeyTorquemada.

Language: Spanish

Patricia Goicoechea, Rights International Spain RIS
David Fernández
Carlos Almeida on behalf of PDLI


*18:45 – 21:00

Internal working meeting
Parallel to the workshops on Saturday, this working meeting will bring together participants from the working groups to draft a charter which will serve as a strategic global framework for building a stronger international coordination structure.
An analysis of the current state of affairs will be offered, analysing the focal points where more pressure is needed, who are the key actors and what are the interests that drive them, and how to intervene at different levels: Europe, within the Spanish state and locally.

Spain’s Open Knowledge Foundation – General Assembly
The Free Culture Forum hosts this years’ Open Knowledge Spain’s General Assembly (Association for the open knowledge)

Fcforum 2015