IOCT Salon  

Thursday 6th December, 5.30 - 7pm

Bill Thompson, 'Open Publishing and Closed Minds'

According to the Open Knowledge Foundation, 'a piece of knowledge is open if you are free to use, reuse, and redistribute it'. This sounds simple enough, but underneath the slogan lie hard decisions about ownership, authority and, inevitably, cost. Those who live by writing may not wish their work to be freely available, while publishers of academic journals argue that changes to the current subscription model will threaten the ability of researchers to share knowledge.

Join Bill Thompson to discuss the nature of knowledge in the network society.

About Bill:

New media pioneer Bill Thompson is a journalist, commentator and technology critic based in Cambridge, England. He has been working in, on and around the Internet since 1984.

Bill Thompson - photo by matlock, , released under creative commons license Attribution-Non-Commercial 2.0 Generic
Photo by Matlock released under Creative Commons license

He currently has a weekly column which appears in the technology section of the BBC News website, and contributes to other publications both on and off-line, including The Guardian, The Register and The New Statesman. He writes a monthly column for new net users for BBC WebWise, and a technology column for Focus magazine

Bill appears weekly on 'Digital Planet' (formerly called 'Go Digital') on the BBC World Service and occasionally on other BBC radio and television programmes.

Bill is the editor and systems administrator for the Working 4 an MP website.

He is a visiting lecturer at City University where he teaches Online Journalism in the Journalism Department, and an external editor for

Links: - Bill Thompson's home on the web

Working 4 an MP

The Open Knowledge Foundation


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The IOCT Salon was managed by Chris Joseph during his position as Digital Writer in Residence at the Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University from 2006-2008. This residency was funded by Arts Council England: East Midlands.

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