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    Digital Odyssey 2012

Friday June 8, 2012
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street Toronto Ontario
Directions and Parking 


Members $130 / Non Members $150
Register here 

Digital Odyssey is a one-day conference organized by The Ontario Library 
and Information Technology Association (OLITA 
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of research, learning, accessibility, and usability associated with 
technology in libraries.

This year's theme is *Liberation Technology.*

Liberation Technology as a field of study seeks to understand how 
information technology can be used to pursue a variety of social goods. 
This includes any technology that enables citizens to express opinions, 
deepen participation in society, and expand their freedoms.
With the intersection between social justice issues and technology 
making headlines, through the Arab Spring, Anonymous, and the Occupy 
movement, OLITA felt that focusing specifically on liberation technology 
would make a timely topic for this year's Digital Odyssey.

*Keynote: Kate Milberry, PhD University of Alberta
**The Knowledge Factory Hack: From Open Access to Anonymous ...or why 
information wants to be free *
 From the internet's inception and the birth of hacker culture at MIT's 
Artificial Intelligence lab, the big idea was that information could not 
be contained. Physical locks could not keep out the curious computer 
geeks who were designing the software that made computers sing, and 
digital locks were anathema to the web of code that would eventually 
interconnect them on a global scale. The ethos of openness, and the very 
political position that information must be free if society is to 
advance, was built into the technical infrastructure of the internet and 
emerged in the culture of the digital commons.
Today corporate, criminal and governmental forces are working to lock 
down the internet through cybersurveillance, cyberwarefare and 
legislation aimed at wresting control away from the user multitude 
reared on access to information. Intensifying over the last decade, this 
enclosure movement has been met with fierce opposition from computer 
geeks dedicated to the hacker ethic. Beginning as a self-referential 
subculture, the internet liberation movement has become increasingly 
internetworked, global and political, embracing free software hackers, 
tech activists and open access evangelists who understand that 
information is inextricably linked to human freedom, justice, equality 
and progress. Building and deploying technologies of liberation, tech 
activists and hacker allies from Indymedia, Anonymous, the Arab Spring 
and #ows are bringing the full force of the internet to bear against 
those who would subvert its democratic potential. Librarians, as 
historic gatekeepers of information, are key collaborators in this 
struggle, and have an important role to play in the unlocking of 
information, and its free passage over the open web.

    *Program *

Click here to access the updated program and abstracts for each session.