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Odeon Petrobras, in Rio, will hold an important section of CulturaDigital.Br International Festival: the keynote sessions with representatives of prominent institutions and projects related to digital culture. The host for this activities is the Minister of Culture (2003-2008) and singer Gilberto Gil, who is also the ambassador of the Festival. All the presentations will be  broadcasted live here on this website.

We are glad to announce our confirmed guests: Yochai Benkler, professor at Harvard’s Law School; Kenneth Goldsmith, founder of Ubuweb; and Hugues Sweeney from National Film Board of Canada.

The Festival currently awaits for the confirmation of other guests. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Yochai Benkler

    Yochai Benkler

    Yochai Benkler is Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard, and co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Since the 1990s he has played a part in characterizing the role of information commons and decentralized collaboration to innovation and information production in the networked society. His books include The Wealth of Networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom.

  • Michel Bauwens

    Michel Bauwens

    Michel Bauwens is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He has co-produced the 3-hour TV documentary Technocalyps with Frank Theys, and co-edited the two-volume book on anthropology of digital society with Salvino Salvaggio. He is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group.

  • Helloísa Buarque de Holanda

    Heloísa Buarque de Hollanda

    Essayist and researcher, graduated in Classic Literature at PUC-RJ, with a doctorate in Brazilian Literature at UFRJ and post-doctorate in Sociology of Culture at Columbia University (New York). Her research field focuses on the relation between culture and development, poetry, gender and ethnic relations, marginalized cultures and digital culture.

  • Kenneth Goldsmith_2

    Kenneth Goldsmith

    Kenneth Goldsmith, poet and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, created Ubuweb in 1996, inicially as a repository of poetry. The website made sucess and the founder was forced to improve it, with audio and video besides the texts. Today, the website is a giant digital archive.

  • Hugues Sweeney

    Hugues Sweeney

    From 2000 to 2007, he worked as head of Radio-Canada's Bande à part multi-platform project (web, radio and television) before going on to head programming at Espace Musique from 2007 to 2009. He has since joined the National Film Board of Canada, where his work includes developing interactive productions anchored in the great traditions of animation and documentary.

  • Paulo Coelho

    Paulo Coelho (conference call)

    Writer and member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. Before devoting himself to literature, he worked as director and writer for theater, journalist and composer. In 1988 he published The Alchemist, the best selling Brazilian books of all time. One of the greatest writers of the country, is in favor of "piracy" or copyleft. In his blog, all his books can be downloaded for free. For him, "a consistent idea does not need protection. The rest is greed or ignorance”.

  • Phillippe Aigrain

    Phillippe Aigrain

    Philippe Aigrain is CEO of Sopinspace, Society for Public Information Spaces, which develops free software and provides services for democratic processes and collaborative work over the Internet. He is also one of the founders of La Quadrature du Net, a citizen group defending fundamental rights and freedoms in the digital sphere and promoting policy proposals for the the digital era.


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