François Pellegrini


François Pellegrini is professor in informatics at Université Bordeaux 1, and researcher at LaBRI and Inria Bordeaux Sud-Ouest. He is the chairman of Aquinetic, a nonprofit that promotes and operates a regional pole of scientific, technical and industrial know-how for open and free innovation in Aquitaine. He is since long the vice-president of ABUL, the free software promotion association of Bordeaux, which is involved in major free software projects such as AbulEdu, an integrated digital environment for schools, and the Libre Software Meeting. He co-founded this event, launched on July 2000 at ENSEIRB, and presided the program committee of the first three editions.

François Pellegrini is active on various issues regarding informatics and society, and advises several European and French MPs. He worked for Michel Rocard on the European directive on software patentability, for which he was heard by the Legal Committee of the European Parliament. He was heard, at Assemblée Nationale and Sénat, by the rapporteurs of bills DADVSI and HADOPI.

He authored a report on electronic voting in the context of French Senate elections of 2006. He is regularly commissioned as an expert on free software and software technologies by Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. As an amateur of scientific vulgarization, he participates in many events and debates and he presented, for three years, a weekly Internet chronicle on TV7, the local television channel of the Bordeaux area. Together with Sébastien Canevet, he wrote a book on software law (including free software licenses), to appear on November 2013.

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Meshed Society and Freedom to Innovate

Innovation, Open Source and Open Standards vs Copyright and Patent systems Emerging: Open Data as ultimate economical and political model The industrial revolution was perfected in the 20th century. By establishing businesses at the natural focal points of the marketplace – manufacture, distribution, communication, finance – huge profits became available by controlling those focal points. Legislation regulated the acquisition of those control points with tools like copyrights and patents, and legislative processes engaged the winners and losers of the battles to control them. But in the 21st century, the internet is incrementally eliminating the control-point-based economy with a meshed, peer economy, where every citizen can be a creator, consumer, aggregator or repurposer. This track considers how the freedom to innovate in the modern, meshed society is being threatened by the legacy tools that regulated the control-point society and what steps we can take to freshly create the freedom to innovate.


Meshed Society and Freedom to Innovate

Track: Meshed Society and Freedom to Innovate

The track will start with a 45 minutes dialogue exploring the reasons why the freedom to innovate is threatened and the approaches to protecting and refreshing it – open source, open standards, open data.

The track will continue with a panel of speakers providing each 25 minutes talks on respectively:

  • lockdown of software and hardware, a barrier to innovation
  • open source, the way forward to autonomous communities
  • open standards against lock-in for ICT systems
  • open data towards an new, open society

It will conclude with a Q & A session on practical next steps.

Organization: Aquinetic


Twitter: @FrPellegrini

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