16 Nov


Wow, we haven’t updated in a while, and that’s my bad!

Some upcoming events:

  • Monday, November 29 — Right when we get back from break, we’re hosting a talk/meeting with Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the social news site Reddit. Neat!
  • Wednesday, December 2 — Co-hosting a talk with the ISP with Jonathan Zittrain (aka JZ) of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society

That’s it for now, but the week after Thanksgiving is going to be busy! Exciting stuff.

Also, organization has started on the 2011 Free Culture Conference. The conference is February 19-20 at NYU. If you want to help out with conference planning, join the conf11 mailing list and introduce yourself!


12 Apr

Meme Week @ Yale — Memefactory, Moot, & More!

Memes. The cultural baubles that ornament the Internet. Large cats who want cheeseburgers. A kid who wanted so very hard to be a Jedi. Even a video of poor David after visiting the dentist’s office.

Why do these spread? Why are they so popular? If Kanye interrupts Taylor Swift, is it really that much of a FAIL? Well, Students for Free Culture is hosting two events to help you understand the culture that resides on the Internet.

That’s right. Welcome to Meme Week.


Wednesday, April 14

7pm – Davies Auditorium

Three gentlemen and three projectors take the audience on a fast-paced and whirlwind tour of internet memes, famous pieces of internet media and tons of youTube footage. The modus is not depth, but breadth, and occasional audience participation. The show will discuss internet phenomenon including but not limited to: LOLCats, Advice Dog, Boxxy, Star Wars Kid, David After Dentist, FAILs, WINs, and more. You can think of it as somewhere between a lecture, vaudeville and Double Dare.

Check this video out for a sneak peak!

Master’s Tea with moot

Friday, April 16

5pm – Calhoun College

moot, the creator of the popular imageboard 4chan (click at your own risk), was Time Magazine’s “Most Influential Person” in the year 2009. He was the winner (by far) of the online poll. But wait, who is this guy and how is that possible? Well, those questions just go to show you the power and influence that the forum he created has over internet culture (lolcats? Rick rolling? pedobear? all came from 4chan), the real world (Anonymous’ war against Scientology? 4chan), and the internet in general. His real name is supposedly “Christopher Poole,” though nobody really knows for sure.

Woo woo!

PS. Be on the lookout for some of our, uh, special posters around campus.

28 Feb

Yale and Gmail: Update

Just got word that Yale has delayed their Gmail/Gapps initiative, and the administration will open up to the community for arguments and concerns. With a lot of help from some professors in the CS department, our collective actions and coverage apparently made them realize they have more to think about than they originally realized.

Once again, we’re not saying we’re against Google or this switch to Gmail. There are a lot if potential issues, however, and a lot of questions raised that we feel need to be brought up and addressed by the powers that be.

Cool! Hopefully I can give you a more substantive update soon.

25 Feb

Wireside Chat: Success!

Yale Students for Free Culture held a successful live screening of the Wireside Chat with Lawrence Lessig. We want to thank the folks who braved the rain to come watch with us (and enjoy BAR pizza).

It was kind of an exciting time: We got not one but TWO questions in to the Q&A session with Lessig!

The talk will be available to stream and/or download at the Open Video Alliance website soon.

24 Feb

Thursday: Wireside Chat with Lawrence Lessig

Wireside Chat with Lawrence Lessig: Fair Use, Politics, and Online Video

Yale Students for Free Culture and the Information Society Project at YLS are hosting a live screening of a global webcast of a talk by Lawrence Lessig, put on by the Open Video Alliance and Harvard’s Berkman Center. It’s happening Thursday, February 25th from 6:00 to 7:30 EST, live from Cambridge, MA.

The screening will take place in William L. Harkness (WLH) Hall, room 116. It’ll start fairly promptly at 6pm (so try and get there a bit early), and we’ll have our own talk down/discussion afterwards. And there will be food. Yums.

Once again:
Thursday, February 25
WLH 116


The Lessig:
Lawrence Lessig is a professor at Harvard Law School. He helped found Creative Commons as well as the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford. He also wrote the books “Free Culture,” “Remix,” and “Code.” He also founded Change Congress, an activist group outspoken about publicly funded elections. He’s one of the most lucid speakers I’ve ever heard (and has a black belt in Powerpoint kung-fu).

The Talk:
This is a talk about copyright in a digital age, and the role (and importance) of a doctrine like “fair use.” Fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, and is essential for commentary, criticism, news reporting, remix, research, teaching and scholarship with video. As a medium, online video will be most powerful when it is fluid, like a conversation. Like the rest of the internet, online video must be designed to encourage creative expression and political participation, not just passive consumption.

The lecture will last 45 minutes and will be followed by an interactive Q & A. The event will be moderated by Elizabeth Stark, lecturer here at Yale (“IP in the Digital Age,” “Intro to Law and Technology”) and fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Questions can be submitted using the hashtag #wireside.

For more information, or to find out about screenings in other locations, visit the Open Video Alliance at http://openvideoalliance.org/event/lessig/.

Did I mention there’d be food? Hope to see you there!