17.10.2011 - UNESCO

First International Congress on Free Culture opens in Quito

UNESCO’s Quito Office, Radialistas Apasionadas y Apasionados and FLACSO-Ecuador are organizing the first International Congress on Free Culture in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 to 20 October 2011. This event is being held within the framework of the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Action Plan in Latin America and is one of the activities supported by UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP) in the Andean Region.

The Congress will be attended by government institutions, academia, civil society organizations as well as free culture and copy-left activists. Its purpose is to bring together different experiences and experts to feed public debate on ICT and access to information, education and culture.

The event will include international conferences, public debates, round tables and training courses. The international conferences will focus on the on-going discussions about open access to education and culture, using and applying creative commons licenses, meaning and development of free software, and challenges for intellectual property rights.

The round tables will analyse different experiences and tools used in Latin America related to:

  • Open Educational Resources (OER) and Free & Open Source Software (FOSS);
  • governments and ICT public policies;
  • universities and digital repositories;
  • governance of Internet; and
  • telecentres and ICT public access centres.

There will also be two training courses, one on an e-government, human rights and citizens' participation multimedia guide for teachers, and a second one on the use of Greenstone for the development of digital libraries. The latter consists of an introductory course to Greenstone where participants will be requested to design an implementation plan to create a digital library. The training will be followed by an on-line course over a four-month period.

More information about the Congress, in Spanish, is available at: http://congresoculturalibre.org/inicio.

UNESCO’s Information for All Programme (IFAP) is an intergovernmental body created in 2000 to assist Member States in the formulation of national information policy frameworks. Through IFAP governments have pledged to harness the new opportunities of the information age to create equitable societies through better access to information.

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