I had the pleasure of being invited to the Second General Assembly of MAPPING (Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property and Internet Governance), which was held in Prague over three days at the end of October/start of November.
As with the First Assembly of MAPPING, I was invited by Oleksandr Pastukhov (University of Malta) to be a panellist on the half-day IP session of the conference. The MAPPING project’s main interests lie with privacy and surveillance (see full programme) and therefore the various IP speakers and panellists discussed the topic of “Intellectual Privacy: The Interplay between IP and Privacy”.
We heard some very interesting talks from Marcelin Olender (Google) on ISP and IP enforcement, Joris Van Hoboken (IVir/University of Amsterdam) on DRM and privacy, Elizabeth Banks (Foster Pepper LLC) on librarians as Guardian of Privacy and from Miquel Peguera (UOC/Stanford CIS) on IP and privacy problems with regards to linking.
The panel was then asked to reflect on the previous contributions and interact with the audience and the speakers. The format was very unusual and very relaxed as the chair, Bogdan Manolea (APTI), expertly managed to channel the different streams of interventions from the panel, the speakers and the audience. This lead to very lively, sometimes heated, exchanges about IP and privacy and also very IP-IP matters, such as the length of copyright. The fact that the meeting was held under the Chatham House Rule Plus probably also helped free expression.
In all, it was a very enjoyable and enriching experience, in an amazing setting, in an amazing city (I’ll try to up my game as a photographer to do it justice next time).