The weekend I was at the Wizards of OS conference in Berlin. I was so engaged that I didn't find time to blog from there (and the »freifunk« wasn't very stable, but they told me it's the fault of the Deutsche Telekom).
It was a very interesting conference, met a lot of cool people. I spent most of the time with the people of the Free Software Foundation at their booth.
I met people from the »Bayrischer Rundfunk« (german public television station) and discussed about abolishing the GEZ and free content licensing of public television materials. I talked to a free radio activist about historical copyright issues and we ended up in discussing the kyoto protocol and uranium mining in Kongo. Had some discussions about politics in latin america with one guy coming from argentinia. That may give you a short impression about the variety of interesting people I met there.
On the conference topics, it had the theme »Free Software, free culture, free infrastructure«. An interesting panel I want to mention was the discussion about open frequencies. It was basically that only a small number of the frequency spectrum are available to the public at the moment, but wireless lan is already creating some interesting things (freifunk), so the conclusion was that more open frequencies might lead to much more interesting technology. There was a guy from colt telecom talking about the political issues of this subject and the old telecommunication lobby (for example the ITU). Another guy was from Indonesia and talked about projects they did with public wireless technology and their efforts to build own antennas.
Lawrence Lessig helt the keynote, he is definitely a good speaker, while it was far to much »popstar«-like to me (book-signing session afterwarts). His topic was the «Read-Write-Society«, and for one thing I can fully agree with him: It's time to fight DRM.