This October the UK government, as part of its presidency of the EU is holding a pan-European conference on how to consolidate regulation and control of intellectual property, copyright and technology.

Looking for creative alternatives, NODE.London is declaring this October an ‘Open Season’ on technology, media, culture, politics and art with a diverse and challenging series of events – building towards London-wide media arts events in March 2006.


WSFII (The World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures)

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2005, 11am – 6pm.
Limehouse Town Hall, 646 Commercial Road, London E14 7HA

This event brings together practitioners and projects from the front lines of information infrastructure development to map out connections between Free Networks, Open Hardware, Free Media and Culture, Open Maps/Geodata, Open Civic Information and Community Currencies.

Future Wireless (practical.discourse.creative / Cybersalon & Open Spectrum UK)

Tuesday 4th October, 12noon-10pm.
The Science Museum’s Dana Centre, 165 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington,
London SW7 5HE

A day of presentations, demonstrations, practical workshops, artistic
interventions and debates to illustrate and probe the nature, impact and potential of wireless Internet, mobile telecommunications and other radio-based technologies.

Open Congress (Creativity and the public domain)

Friday 7th Saturday 8th October 2005, 11am – 5pm.
Tate Britain, Millbank London SW1P 4RG

Open Congress explores how methods derived from Free / Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) production can be deployed by those working in the area of art, visual culture and cultural production in general.

Monday 10th
Cybersalon on Brazilian Open Source Software & CopyLeft
Parker Street
Nr. Drury Lane
London WC2

Gilberto Gil – Minister of Culture, Brazil
Claudio Prado – Digital Policy Coordinator, Ministry of Culture, Brazil
Dr. Richard Barbrook – Cybersalon and University of Westminster

This Cybersalon will discuss the Brazilian government’s open source software
project and its support for copyleft at the forthcoming WSIS conference on
18-19th November in Tunis, Tunisia. [WSIS is the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society