Theme Symposium

Computers and the Internet has lowered the cost of communication and the creation and distribution of information so much that many fundamental notions of organizations, economics and property have completely changed or require major upgrades. There is a new generation of youth across the globe which lead the charge into this changing world, modifying their basic behaviors to adapt to technology as it develops. Some businesses and artists have been able to keep up with these trends while other struggle and fail. The much slower to adapt legal system is being pushed to its limits with organizations on all sides of the issues trying very hard to adapt outdated laws. Most of the new behaviors and organizations creating value have a completely different notion property. Intellectual property, while key to the post-industrial revolution nature of the firm, is more of an encumbrance than an asset to the sharing oriented mode of creation now central to the Internet. This year, we will bring together the users, artists, businesses, policy makers and academics involved intentionally or beyond their control in this change to understand this new world and to try to adapt to it. 

(Joichi Ito)

A New Cultural Economy Symposium »

The 2008 Ars Electronica Symposium is curated by Joichi Ito (J) - Activist, Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist. Joichi Ito is the CEO of Creative Commons, a non-profit organization which provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their  creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. He is co-founder of and board member of Digital Garage in Japan. He is on the board of a number of non-profit organizations including WITNESS, The Mozilla Foundation and Global Voices. He has helped start or has been an angel investor in a number of Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Infoseek Japan, Flickr,, Technorati, Six Apart, Dopplr,Twitter, Socialtext, Kongregate and Rupture.

Theme Symposium

MISSION FUTURE @ Ars Electronica »

08.09. | 10:00-18:00

Kunstuniversität Linz / K2

The second FutureTour alias MISSION FUTURE @ Ars Electronica will be scrutinizing private-sector early adopters who are already successfully implementing the vision of a sharing economy.