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April 13, 2006

Press Contact: Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 471-7330

WCIT-Related Workshop: The Future of Open Source Peer Production Models, May 2

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What:The Future of Open Source Peer Production Models Workshop
When:Tues., May 2; 8:15 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
Who:The workshop is free but registration is required (go to http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/events/osworkshop/)
Where:The University of Texas School of Law

AUSTIN, Texas—On May 2, in conjunction with the historic World Congress on Information Technology 2006, UT will host an open source workshop, "The Future of Open Source Peer Production Models: Business and Legal Frontiers." Law school professors Ronald Mann, R. Anthony Reese, and Oren Bracha are scheduled to speak as are prominent members of UT-Austin's McCombs School of Business and the School of Information.

The workshop will cover topics essential to the future of technological development and its impact on business and culture. Panelists will discuss "business value creation," peer-based production models for cultural content products, peer-based production models for research and development and marketing, the "Creative Commons" and the challenges of leadership and management in organizations using open source.

Open source issues are increasingly important to the world's economy. The Economist on March 16 wrote, "Every time internet users search on Google, shop at Amazon or trade on eBay, they rely on open-source software-products that are often built by volunteers and cost nothing to use. More than two-thirds of websites are hosted using Apache, an open-source product that trounces commercial rivals. Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia with around 2.6m entries in more than 120 languages, gets more visitors each day than the New York Times's site, yet is created entirely by the public. There is even an open-source initiative to develop drugs to treat diseases in poor countries."

The event will take place at the UT School of Law in the Connally Center for Justice Building (CCJ) in the Sheffield Room on Tuesday May 2, 2006. The event is free but will require registration. Go to http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/events/osworkshop/ Opening remarks begin at 8:30 am. The fifth and final panel discussion ends at 5:30 pm.

Along with UT-Austin speakers, business executives, professors, and an ethnomusicologist will present their findings and opinions on the future of open source issues.

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Registration information (including directions):
http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/events/osworkshop/