Michael Carroll to speak as Keynote at EIFL GA 2012

25 Jun 2012

Michael Carroll photoProfessor Michael W. Carroll will be the keynote speaker at this year's EIFL General Assembly.

Michael Carroll is a Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University Washington College of Law.  His research and teaching specialties are intellectual property law and cyberlaw, focusing on the search for balance over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies. He is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc., a global organization that provides standardized legal and technical tools that enable legal sharing of cultural, educational, scientific and other copyrighted works.

Professor Carroll is also recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. He has written white papers and has given numerous presentations to university faculty, administrators, and staff around the country on this issue.  In addition, he serves on the National Research Council's Board on Research Data and Information, is an Academic Fellow of the Center for Democracy and Technology and is a member of the Advisory Board to Public Knowledge.

Professor Carroll's GA presentation will focus on the promise of access for development as the open access movement enters its second decade. His presentation will address the challenges and opportunities for contributing to development that the open access movement faces.

This year, the EIFL GA will be held in Yerevan, Armenia.  It will be hosted by the American University of Armenia with financial support from the Ministry of Culture of Armenia. Yerevan is the World Book Capital 2012, and the EIFL GA is incorporated into the official programme of celebrations.To read more about the 2012 EIFL GA, its programme and other information go to www.eifl.net/eifl-2012-general-assembly.