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BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series | Peter. B Kaufman, “Our Commons, Our Moment: The Fight to Free Knowledge”

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Many of the problems we face as a country and even as a world today – the health pandemic, the economic crisis, political violence of the kind we saw in Washington in January – are the result of our severe information disorder. We swim in a sea of lies. How did that come about? What can be done about it? Might it be time to think anew about our rights to knowledge, our approach to the public sphere, our concepts of information and the public good? MIT Open Learning’s Peter B. Kaufman addresses these questions in a new book, publishing on February 23, and he hopes to spark a discussion for all of us about a new progressive agenda for change. Edward Snowden writes, “Kaufman’s call for a new Enlightenment couldn’t be more timely, or more necessary. His polemic against those who purport to own knowledge shows that knowledge is freedom and can belong to all or to none. The choice is ours.” Please come join a presentation about The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge.
Peter B. Kaufman, a documentary filmmaker, writer, and teacher, works at MIT Open Learning and the Knowledge Futures Group. He is the founder and executive producer of Intelligent Television and the Google-funded Intelligent Channel on YouTube. He has served as Associate Director of Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning;, as co-chair, with the BFI’s Paul Gerhardt, of the U.K. government’s JISC Film & Sound Think Tank; as an expert consultant on access strategies for the Library of Congress Division of Motion Pictures, Broadcast, and Recorded Sound;, and as co-chair, with WGBH’s Karen Cariani, of the Copyright Committee of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

The BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series features local practitioners, bringing real world experience and practical legal knowledge to Berkeley Law students. This event is reserved for current UC Berkeley law students, faculty, and staff. All statements and remarks are off-the-record; they cannot be quoted or reproduced without the speaker’s permission.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. This event is open to current Berkeley Law students, Berkeley Law affiliates and BCLT law firm sponsors.



Tuesday, February 23, 2021
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Event Category:


Berkeley Center for Law & Technology


Online – Zoom

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