The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School has celebrated its 10th year with a conference called “The Future of the Internet” on May 15-16.

Here are the relevant links:

From the program, which I’m still exploring, I picked this paper: Open Access: Problems of Collective Action and Promises of Civic Engagement

Coming from a law school, the paper touches on legislative implications and provides a couple of interesting real-life cases. It can provide some interesting inputs to the preparations for the ICT-KM’s Planning for the Future GPGs strategy and the debate started with the September 2007 online consultation (summary of the forum) and the Workshop on Opening Access to CGIAR Research and Knowledge.

What’s in it and is it worth reading it?

From the Introduction:

This article seeks first to address why academic researchers have not yet adopted open access tools in large numbers. Part II situates open access with respect to the traditional purposes of publishing — increasing a work’s accessibility, publicity, and trustworthiness — and contrasts its vibrancy in fulfilling these functions with the increasingly noncompetitive and stagnant market for traditional scholarly publishing. Part III strikes up a conversation with researchers and publishers by responding to the primary concerns fueling academic
resistance to open access and explaining how a shift away from subscription journal-based publishing might affect knowledge-sharing in universities. Part IV contextualizes this conversation with respect to recent institutional advocacy and legislative attempts to ensure public access to publicly funded research. Finally, Part V offers some provisional normative conclusions as to how we can most effectively use the law in conjunction with institutional advocacy to create open regimes of scholarly publishing.