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Invitation to “Owning the Future” symposium with IIT Delhi

Posted by egovindia on August 6, 2006

From: “Venkatesh Hariharan” <>

To: “Venkatappa Kumaraswamy” <>
CC: “Rupal Juneja” <>
Date: Sun, 06 Aug 2006 17:21:18 +0530

Dear Mr. Kumaraswamy,

I would like to invite you to a symposium titled, "Owning the Future:
Ideas and their role in the digital age." This symposium is jointly
organized by IIT Delhi and Red Hat and will be held at Delhi on 24th
25th August 2006. This event is supported by the Software Freedom Law
Center, Confederation of Indian Industry and Creative Commons India.

In this symposium, we will seek to examine the notion of intellectual
"property," the emerging philosophy of "copyleft," and "Free and Open
Source Software," -- issues that we believe will have a significant
impact on the 21st century. This is an *invitee only* symposium that
will bring together 150 technologists, policy makers, legal experts and
leaders from the open source community to examine whether our current
policies on copyrights, patents etc promote or hinder innovation. 

This is the second such symposium organized by Red Hat. The first was
held in Raleigh, along with the University of North Carolina, Raleigh.
The details of the NC event are at:

Some of the confirmed speakers for this event are:

1) Shri. Prithviraj Chauhan, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's
2) Dr. Sam Pitroda, Chairman of the National Knowledge Commission (via
3) Dr. Vijay Kumar, Academic Director of MIT
4) Dr. DB Phatak of IIT Bombay
5) Prof. Anil Gupta, IIM Ahmadabad
6) Eben Moglen, Software Freedom Law Center
7) James Boyle, Center for Public Domain
8) Jim Wales, founder of Wikipedia
9) Paul Jones, founder of ibiblio
10) Madhukar Sinha, Registrar of Copyrights, Ministry of Human
11) Lawrence Liang, Alternative Law Forum
12) Parbir Purkayastha, CPIM
13) Justice Yatindra Singh, Allahabad High Court
14) Vandana Shiva, Navadanya
15) Subbaiah Arunachalam, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation
16) Danese Cooper, Intel
17) Nishith Desai, Nishith Desai and Associates
18) Michael Tiemann, President Open Source Initiative and VP, Red Hat
19) Dr. VK Gupta, Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, National
Institute of Science Communications & Information Resources 

As you can see, this is a world class line-up of speakers. The draft
agenda and session abstracts are attached. I hope that you can
join us for this symposium.



Venkatesh (Venky) Hariharan
Head-Open Source Affairs
Red Hat India Pvt. Ltd
1st Floor, C-Wing
Fortune 2000
Bandra Kurla Complex
Bandra (East)
Mumbai-400 051
Tel No. +91 22 39878888
Mobile. +91 93242-23263
Fax No. +91 22 39878899
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Owning_the_Future_Agenda_v2.1.pdf (233k)

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