Alek Tarkowski

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Date and place of birth: 1977, Warsaw, Poland

Living place: Warsaw, Poland

Theme: sociology

ECC Participation: publication

A doctor of sociology, Director of Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt: Polska a think tank fostering the digital dimension of public issues. Interested in the relationships between social processes, culture and intellectual property frameworks. Tarkowski is also interested in sociology of new media and new technologies. He analyzes remix culture and digital pop culture. Co-founder of the “Culture 2.0” project, which describes cultural transformations brought on by digital media. Together with Mirosław Filiciak, Tarkowski writes a column for the “Biweekly” Internet magazine.

”You can’t steal a legal download.”

Tarkowski also works for the government, serving as one of the experts on the Board of Strategic Advisors to the Prime Minister of Poland where he analyzes issues of digital societies. Co-authored the “Poland 2030. Development challenges” report.

Tarkowski is a proponent of open culture. He respects the authors’ intellectual property but seeks solutions which would allow its use in the name of creativity and developing lively, uninhibited culture. Tarkowski is one of the coordinators of the Polish section of Creative Commons, an organization promoting more flexible intellectual property frameworks. Creators using the Creative Commons can choose how they want their works licensed to others. And thus the famous “all rights reserved” is slowly but surely being replaced with “some rights reserved.”

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