Internet Activa launches webinar for digital activists.
Internet Activa: A webinar for digital activists

“Digital rights and civil freedoms on the web, 12 basic lessons online" is the first online seminar, to be launched from September 2012 until February 2013. This webinar will give you the information, criteria and basic tools to understand key issues in our times. It will also give you  a glimpse of similar experiences in Latin America and will connect you with other fellow activists in the defense of an Open, Participative and Free Web.

When: From September 15th. 2012 to February 15th, 2013, cyberactivists will have a learning and support space online. You will be able to take free online lessons on civil freedom, digital rights, freedom of speech, crowdfunding for projects, among other topics.
Who: 17 expert activists, most of them from Latin America, will teach 12 online modules on
How: Video conferences and online forums on Internet Regulations and other key issues regarding the defense of an active, participative and free Web. 
Where: All materiales will be posted online at All parties may participate and propose remote additional remote webinar spaces. Free access and online use of the materials and contents published will be granted for bloggers, traditional media and social media, provided you use a CC By SA 2.5 Colombia License.
Intensity: 4 weekly hours for webinars and online forums. 6 monthly hours of personal work are also recommended.
Responsible: Fundación Karisma, sponsored by Google Colombia and supported by RedPaTodos.
Requirements: Access to a device with a web connection.

Support awareness on the legal environment of the Internet as it relates to digital rights and civil freedom
Knowing similar experiences related to digital and Internet rights in our region, and to connect with peers.
Learn about civil mechanisms for citizen participation in public policy involved designing the future of the Web in our environment
What is the first module of the inaugural course?
Internet, information society and participation mechanisms, by Michel Bauwens (Belgium) and Offray Luna (Colombia)
To learn more about the webinar and/or contact with the speakers please contact:
Andrea Bernal - 316 4814149 - or Pilar Sáenz -

Offray Luna

Internet for Survivors
This second lecture takes on the work of Nicholas Mendoza, considers the origins of the Web as a post-apocalyptic machine that would help sustain life, to support distributed and decentralized communication which could survive the nuclear holocaust of the 60's.  Legislative and consumer hazards are reviewed facing Internet and alternative challenges.
Offray Vladimir Luna, interested in cognitive issues, knowledge management, networks and Information Technologies. Free culture and free software activist. Computer and Mathematical Master in Education from Universidad Javeriana. Visiting professor and master tutor in the Universities Autónoma and Caldas. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Design and Building at the University of Caldas.

Michel Bauwens

An introduction to participatory and contributions-based peer production 

In this seminar, we will look into more detail into the characteristics of  the emerging commons-based peer production, how the productive forces of society are horizontalisation through a process of distribution.  The division of labor is moving to a system of distribution of tasks, which has many different characteristics, often the ‘opposite’ of the classic industrial models, but also to the increasing usage of distributed finance, distributed machinery, and other modalities that point out to an alternative mode of value creation. We will also look at the institutional framework, modes of governance, and the open business models that are used by these new players.

Michel Bauwens is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He has co-produced the 3-hour TV documentary Technocalypse with Frank Theys, and co-edited the two-volume book on anthropology of digital society with Salvino Salvaggio. Michel is currently Primavera Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and external expert at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (2008, 2012). Michel currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has taught at Payap University and Dhurakij Pandit University's International College. He is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group.In his first business career, Michel worked for USIA, British Petroleum, riverland Publications, Belgacom, and created two internet start-ups.

Fundación Karisma

Main Coordinator
Karisma Foundation is a Colombian non-profit, non governmental organization (NGO) founded in 2003 and located in Bogotá. Its mission is to support the spread and good use of Information and Comunication Technologies (ICT) in the Colombian society. Karisma has worked with educational institutions since the beginning, providing content and support on the use of ICTs in the learning process and developing a special interest fot the new open paradigm especially regarding the copyrigh challenges of digital technologies.

Karisma has gone beyond this initial objective and is now producing critic analysis, support and communication tools (like public forums, trainings, etc.) on ICT appropriation especially regarding educational, citizen and cultural matters. As part of the civil society Karisma’s works includes serving as a hub where public and private actors can join efforts in order to discuss, research, promote and enhance the understanding of the knowledge society and it´s capabilities.
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