The five of us are thrilled to join (and rejoin) the 2009-2010 board of directors. We’re very excited about guiding Students for Free Culture over the next year—there’s plenty of awesome stuff in store.
You’ll hear more from us over the coming days about what we’ll be doing to re-energize SFC and the Free Culture movement. For now, we want to take the opportunity to (re)introduce ourselves:
Kevin Driscoll completed a Master’s degree in Comparative Media Studies at MIT last semester where he was a member of the MIT Free Culture chapter and part of the YouTomb research project. Kevin is concerned with encouraging everyday creativity and highlighting unexpected uses of consumer technologies by young people – especially in resistance to systemic oppression. In the fall, he will continue graduate work at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC. You can see his digital traces on his superfeed.
Ben Moskowitz co-founded the SFC@Berkeley chapter of Students for Free Culture and created a seminar on the cultural dimensions of piracy. He also co-organized the Free Culture 2008 Conference and the Open Video Conference in NYC. He is currently a student of Mandarin language at NYU SCPS and serves as General Coordinator of the Open Video Alliance, promoting openness in online video. See http://openvideoconference.org for more. Ben wants to see SFC become a force on campuses all over the world—let’s make it happen!
Kevin Donovan is a rising junior at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, majoring in Science, Technology & International Affairs with a certificate in International Development. He started the Georgetown chapter of SFC and has worked on technology policy issues at the World Bank’s infoDev program and is currently working on an OpenCourseWare pilot program. He writes about technology policy at Techdirt, his personal blog, and on Twitter.While in South Africa recently Kevin had the chance to go sandboarding, which is easily the coolest sport ever devised.
Christina Ducruet graduated from Brown University in May 2008 with a degree in Modern Culture and Media. While an undergrad, she founded the Brown chapter of Students for Free Culture in reaction to the RIAA lawsuits that hit 20+ campuses in Spring 2007. She’s been involved with SFC ever since, creating resources and organizing campaigns to rally people to the Free Culture movement. Christina is excited and honored to serve on the SFC Board for a second term and thinks the best is yet to come for SFC. She currently lives and works in Connecticut.
Parker Higgins is entering his senior year at New York University’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study. He is the president of the NYU chapter of Students for Free Culture. Stemming from his previous work with the Participatory Culture Foundation, creators of the Miro HD video player, he runs the occasionally updated internet TV channels Free Culture TV and Yes We’re Open. The channels feature freely-licensed FC-related content and highlight emerging issues for the community. This summer he is volunteering for Creative Commons.
So, what’s next?
You can review the notes of the first 09/10 board meeting here.
The nominations page contains each candidates’ thoughts on SFC and its future. Here is where the five of us agree that our time should be focused:
- Ensuring that the Open University Campaign is a success, potentially through a stand-alone site or committee-based action;
- Collaborating with other organizations and establishing SFC as a key public voice on free culture issues;
- Planning the next Free Culture conference; and
- Making involvement in SFC as user-friendly and accessible to new members and chapters.
Of course, SFC’s strength lies in the awesome people and projects of its local chapters. Chapter leaders can expect to hear from us shortly as we work to bring everyone up to speed with our plans to revitalize SFC. In the meantime, we want to hear from you—what do you think is necessary to keep SFC going strong through this year and beyond? What’s next for SFC? How can we improve? Sound off in the comments.