COMMUNIA Conference 2010

We’ve received this from Juan Carlos De Martin:

The NEXA Center for Internet & Society ( at the Politecnico di Torino and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( at Harvard University are proud to announce that registration for the international conference “University and Cyberspace: Reshaping Knowledge Institutions for the Networked Age” is now open.

This multi-disciplinary conference – held within the context of COMMUNIA, the European thematic network on the digital public domain, – will focus on the ways in which the Internet affects universities as knowledge institutions. The discussions aim to outline changes and questions in order to maximize the benefits offered by these technological advances.

The conference will be held on 28-30 June 2010 on the main campus of Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy.

Please register at: <>. The event is free and open to both COMMUNIA members and the public at large.

The three-day conference will follow a matrix structure: along with “vertical” tracks on digital natives, information infrastructure (library evolution, open access, etc.) and spatial (both physical and virtual) infrastructure. Three “horizontal” plenary sessions are also scheduled, addressing the three core missions of universities: education, research and the civic role of universities within society.

Confirmed speakers include: Prof. Stefano Rodota (University of Rome), writer and futurologist Bruce Sterling, Prof. John Palfrey (Harvard Law School, author of “Born Digital”, one of the first studies on digital natives), Prof. Jef Huang (EPFL, architect), Prof. Terry Fisher (Harvard Law School). The final program will be made available by early June.

A generous contribution provided through institutional funding will enable the public-at-large to attend; however, space is limited and pre-registration is required (

For more information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the conference secretariat at: <[email protected]>.

We look forward to welcoming you in Torino!

Kind regards,

The “University & Cyberspace” Conference Organizing Committee
<[email protected]>

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