Governing Knowledge Commons

Friday, June 27, 3-5 p.m. CEST
Via Boggio 65/a, Torino (first floor)
Public seminar
Webcast live

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Prof. Brett Frischmann (Yeshiva University & Trustee of the Nexa Center for Internet & Society (DAUIN)) will discuss Governing Knowledge Commons, which will be published by Oxford University Press in July 2014.

"Knowledge commons" describes the institutionalized community governance of the sharing and, in some cases, creation, of information, science, knowledge, data, and other types of intellectual and cultural resources. It is the subject of enormous recent interest and enthusiasm with respect to policymaking about innovation, creative production, and intellectual property. Taking that enthusiasm as its starting point, Governing Knowledge Commons argues that policymaking should be based on evidence and a deeper understanding of what makes commons institutions work. It offers a systematic way to study knowledge commons, borrowing and building on Elinor Ostrom's Nobel Prize-winning research on natural resource commons. It proposes a framework for studying knowledge commons that is adapted to the unique attributes of knowledge and information, describing the framework in detail and explaining how to put it into context both with respect to commons research and with respect to innovation and information policy. Eleven detailed case studies apply and discuss the framework exploring knowledge commons across a wide variety of scientific and cultural domains.

This seminar is organized in cooperation with the Joint Research Activity on "Governance, Regulation and Standards" of the EINS European Network of Excellence in Internet Science .


Brett Frischmann is Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, where he teaches intellectual property and Internet law. He is currently the Director of Cardozo's IP and Information Law Program, an Affiliated Scholar of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and an Affiliated Faculty Member of The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University. In March 2012, he published Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources, with Oxford University Press. In July 2012 Prof. Frischmann presented this book during a seminar at the Nexa Center. He received a BA in Astrophysics from Columbia University, an MS in Earth Resources Engineering from Columbia University, and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. After clerking for the Honorable Fred I. Parker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practicing at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC, he joined the Loyola University, Chicago law faculty in 2002. In June 2013 Prof. Frischmann held the short course "Law and economics of shared infrastructure" at the Politecnico di Torino, organized by the Doctoral School of the Politecnico di Torino and the Nexa Center for Internet & Society.

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