Auto Italia, London, 20 April 2013, 14:00 — 16:00
Alex Andrews, Alex Hern, Alex Vasudevan and Georgina Voss

Alex Hern, Alex Vasudevan and Georgina Voss join Alex Andrews to discuss contemporary trends in culture and intellectual property. How are developing technologies affecting the copyright regime, and how are difficulties in enforcing copyright leading to innovations in music, academia and computer games?

Alex Hern is Economics Reporter at the New Statesman – he also blogs there with a focus on online and technological trends.

Alex Vasudevan is a lecturer in cultural and historical geography at the University of Nottingham. His current research focuses on radical politics in Germany and the wider geographies of neo-liberal globalisation. He has published widely in journals such as Antipode, Cultural Geographies, Environment and Planning D, Public Culture and Social and Cultural Geography. He is currently working on a book for the RGS-IBG book series on the history of squatting in Berlin.

Georgina Voss‘s work focuses on industrial sociology; technology policy and cultures; and design practices. She is currently a Research Fellow at Brighton University, and holds visiting positions ar SPRU (Sussex University) and the Science and Technology Studies department, UCL. She was formerly Research Manager of Tinker London, and has acted as a consultant for organisations including BIS, MIT, the European Commission and NESTA. Drawing on her PhD, she is currently preparing her book for the Routledge Advances in Sociology series on how stigma shapes the industrial dynamics of the pornography industry.

Alex Andrews is a writer, digital activist, working programmer and academic. He is co-founder of the Creative Commons record label Records on Ribs, a project that seeks to explore notions of intellectual property, creativity and the commons in an Internet age. He has collaborated with Lucky PDF, teaching at their School of Global Art. He is webmaster and internet consultant for Auto Italia and the Immaterial Labour Isn’t Working project. He lives and works in London.