INNOVATE / ACTIVATE

I/A 2.0 Session Summary - Mapping the IP Activism Space

Lila Bailey (Berkeley Law), Andrew McDiarmid (CDT), Peter Maybarduk (Public Citizen), Taylor Gilliland (UAEM)

Participants in this session discussed how the individuals, organizations, and constituencies involved in IP activism can collaborate and build on each other’s work. The discussion began by identifying all of the different organizations represented at I/A 2.0, as well as those not present. Participants then split up into three groups focusing on a different aspect of the IP activism space: geographic, expertise, and working mode. The groups pinpointed a variety of US and international groups and individuals taking action as well as classifications for categorizing the work being done in the space:

Geographic Focus:
Latin America/south America
Middle East and Africa
US/Canada
Asia/Pacific
EU
Global Groups

Working Mode Group:
Policy/advocacy
Academic
Blog/Journalism/media
Grassroots
Litigation
Corporate
Funders
Networking and Convening
Data Collection

Expertise:
copyright
patent
open access
consumer
open knowledge/data
free and open source
Internet intermediaries

The goal of the session was to produce an understanding of the different players’ competencies and contributions to the IP activism space. In addition to highlighting the key players, it was discussed that we need to focus on events where IP activists can unite––forums where we can continue this discussion beyond I/A 2.0. The group formulated the idea that this emergent and growing community can work together to pull in grassroots groups whose missions may not be traditionally aligned with IP activism, but within the post-SOPA environment, they are ready to activate. It is critical that we figure out the reach of all of these groups, bring together organizations not traditionally focused on policy and also tie in traditional human rights organizations. The landscape is vast and growing; it’s time to make connections and help the public visualize the environment so near and dear to so many of us. The map created in the session will be digitized soon and available online.