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Marvin Ammori on Threats to Open Video

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

We are thrilled to announce that Marvin Ammori will be delivering an address at this year’s Open Video Conference. Marvin is a Legal Fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative and a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. He is an internationally recognized lawyer and expert in the areas of Internet law, media law, freedom of speech, and cybersecurity law.

Before joining the Open Technology Initiative, Marvin taught cyberlaw and international and domestic telecommunications at the University of Nebraska College of Law, where he helped found the space and telecommunications law program with the support of U.S. Strategic Command. He has also acted as counsel on some of the most important cases involving the future of the Internet. As Free Press‘s first lawyer in Washington, DC., he was the lead lawyer before the FCC on the Free Press-Comcast net neutrality case, which has been called a “model of the free-speech battles of the future” and which shaped several years of telecom lobbying in Washington, DC. Marvin is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Marvin’s legal writings focus on freedom of speech, security, and new technologies. His work has appeared in places such as the New York Times, Boston Review, and the Huffington Post, and he is a contributor to Balkinization, one of the leading blogs for legal commentary.

Marvin will address the threats to our essential communications infrastructure—especially online video.  Marvin will draw on his wealth of knowledge to help us examine the stakes involved in ensuring that video progresses as a democratic, participatory, and collaborative medium. He has been on the cutting edge of addressing legal issues in communication throughout his career and will be bringing his expertise to the questions that will shape the future of video on the Web.

Marvin will also be leading a session that will work towards developing a map that visualizes the many patterns, layers, processes, and structures of the open video ecosystem.

If you haven’t already, make sure you register today!

HTML5 progression at OVC: Open Media Developers

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

This year’s OVC will include an Open Media Developers conference track, convening a group of coders, engineers, and standards advocates working toward a more open video ecosystem.

If not for FFMpeg, VLC, Xiph, Blender, GStreamer and similar projects, publishing audio and video would be much more expensive, restrictive, and difficult.  Developers of these and other open source projects are building the foundations for our essential communications infrastructure.

Combine these foundational open video technologies with the recent developments in HTML5 & WebM, and video is poised to become a “first-class citizen” of the web. Browsers are within striking distance of offering limitless publication and distribution possibilities for audio and video content—a revolution of enormous scale, if you consider what’s been made possible by ordinary web pages with text and images.

The Open Video Conference is about building a future in which anyone can make and share video—and we are fortunate this year to convene the Open Media Developers working group for the architects of this future.

Previously, the Open Video Conference was host to the FOMS (Foundations of Open Media Software) developer workshop in the days following the main event. This year, the organizers of FOMS and OVC have decided to make this workshop a core part of the conference. The Open Media Developers track is comprised of the following sessions, all focused on developing next-generation video technologies:

In addition to these sessions, we’ll be very flexible on making more sessions and smaller breakouts to focus on particularly difficult challenges. And of course there will be time for coding, since we know that progress is only made when actual code is written.

If you are a developer in the space, we would really like to encourage you to join us. Travel support is available—please write and let us know what you’re working on in the open media landscape.

Jillian York of Electronic Frontier Foundation to Address OVC 2011

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

We are very pleased to to announce that Jillian York will be delivering an address at the 2011 Open Video Conference. Jillian is best known her for human rights activism, and currently serves as the Director of International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Prior to joining EFF, Jillian was the Project Coordinator for the OpenNet Initiative at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  There, she worked with volunteers and contractors around the world to carry out ONI testing for Internet filtering, blogged for ONI, conducted research, and coordinated  DDoS and Circumvention research.

Jillian also worked on the Herdict Web project, coordinating translation, blogging, and maintaining Herdict’s social media presence.

She is involved with Global Voices Online, where she sits on the Board of Directors and serves as an author on the Middle East/North Africa team, as well as Global Voices Advocacy.  She is also a member of the Committee to Protect Bloggers, co-founded Talk Morocco, and has written for a number of publications including The GuardianIndex on CensorshipBITCH magazine, SHIFTMagHuffington Post, and Al Jazeera English.

Jillian’s talk will take a hard look at how video is enabling activists around the world—and also the risks it carries.

Video has played a huge role across the Arab world, from Tunisia where—despite the blocking of nearly every available video-sharing site—it has been used for info-activism campaigns throughout the past decade to Syria, where in the absence of journalists, citizen reporters upload crude footage from camera phones, documenting protests and human rights abuses.

Yet the popularity of video amongst the region’s activists is not without concern. Privacy remains a crucial issue as documentarians must weigh the benefits of making their story heard against the risks of exposing individuals’ identities. Reliance on privately-owned video-sharing platforms also presents challenges, as users face the possibility that their video will be removed if in violation of the terms of service.”

We are thrilled to have Jillian join us at this year’s Open Video Conference. She will also be participating in discussions about visual privacy and an effort to design software to help make human rights activists anonymous.

Register now, and be on the lookout this week as we release the full conference schedule.