Important dates

  • First come, first served
    Lightning talk requests
  • February 22, 2012
    Call for presentations closes
  • February 29, 2012
    Schedule released
  • March 23
    Award nominations closes
  • March 29, 2012
    RDFC 2012

Keynote: Glyn Moody

Before and After SOPA

The actions around the Internet blackout on Wednesday 18 January are already being recognised as a watershed in digital activism. For the first time, key Internet companies came together with millions of Internet users to express their concern over the SOPA and PIPA legislation that is currently making its way through the US legislative system. But to understand why this confrontation happened, we need to look back not just at the last few years, but the last few centuries. Doing so will help digital activists to formulate a strategy for the future, when the forces behind SOPA/PIPA – and the equally troubling Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – try again and again to push through similar legislation and secret treaties, to the detriment of the Internet and all who use it.

About Glyn Moody

Glyn Moody is a technology writer. He is best known for his book Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution. It describes the evolution and significance of the free software and open source movements with many interviews of all the notable hackers.

Glyn Moody’s personal website is located at

Bio and image taken from Wikipedia.

Keynote: Alma Swan

Open Access in Europe: how is it progressing?

Open Access can progress on several fronts – the development of policy, technical enhancements that better enable it, and cultural shifts that accelerate its acceptance. In Europe over the past couple of years we’ve seen progress in all these areas, and the cultural shift in particular is rather hot news at the moment. I will provide an overview of what has been happening and point to some of the reasons why so that we can work out how to continue to capitalise on these things in the coming months.

About Alma Swan

Alma Swan is a consultant working in the field of scholarly communication. She is a director of Key Perspectives Ltd and Director of European Advocacy Programmes for SPARC and Convenor for Enabling Open Scholarship, the organisation of universities promoting the principles of open scholarship in the academic community. She holds honorary academic positions in the University of Southampton School of Electronics & Computer Science and the University of Warwick Business School.

Alma has BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Southampton and an MBA from Warwick Business School. She is a Fellow of the Society of Biology (UK) and a Chartered Biologist, is an elected member of the Governing Board of Euroscience (the European Association for the Promotion of Science & Technology) and is the former editor of its online magazine, The Euroscientist.

Bio and image taken from:

RDFC 2012 – The Schedule

We proudly present the schedule of the Reykjavik Digital Freedoms Conference 2012:

March 29, 2012

09:00 Coffee and registration
09:30 – 10:30 Keynote: Open Access in Europe: how is it progressing? – Alma Swan, SPARC Europe
10:30 – 10:50 Open access to scientific research data, Guðmundur Þórisson, University of Iceland
10:50 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 11:35 Iceland’s participation in OpenAIREplus – Sólveig Þorsteinsdóttir, National University Hospital
11:40 – 12:00 Open Access and the Research Funds at Rannís – Hallgrímur Jónasson, Rannís

12:00 – 13:00 Award Ceremony and Lunch

13:00 – 13:50 Lightning talks organized by Hakkavélin
14:00 – 15:00 Keynote: Before and After SOPA – Glyn Moody, freelance journalist
15:00 – 15:20 Accused of thievery by FTT – Dagþór S. Haraldsson
15:20 – 15:50 Coffee break (30 minutes)
15:50 – 16:10 The Full Potential of the Internet – Jonas Öberg
16:15 – 16:35 Ebooks and accessibility – Birkir Gunnarsson
16:40 – 17:00 Mining for freedom in the european institutions – Stefan Marsiske


The conference will take place in Bíó Paradís, Hverfisgata 54, 101 Reykajvik.

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Schedule Coming Soon

We have notified the speakers who got accepted and we are now in the process of putting the schedule together.

It takes a bit longer than we expected but it should get posted no later than on Saturday, March 3.

Hope to see you all at RDFC 2012!

Call for presentations closed

Call for presentations is closed

We are going through the proposals we received and we expect to inform those who sent in proposals whether their talks were accepted before Wednesday, February 29, around the same time we publish the schedule for the Reykjavik Digital Freedoms Conference 2012.

Call for presentations

FSFÍ (Icelandic Digital Freedoms Society) and call for presentations and award nominations for the fourth Reykjavik Digital Freedoms Conference which will be held on March 29, 2012.

The conference topics this year are:

  • Open Access to Scholarly Publications
    • Keynote: Alma Swan, executive co-director of SPARC Europe
  • Public Rights and Special Interests
    • Keynote: Glyn Moody, freelance journalist focusing on digital freedoms

Presentation submissions should fall under one or both of these topics. Each presenter will have 15-20 minutes for the presentation and 5-10 minutes for questions and answers. A projector is provided along with Internet access.

To ensure the participation of as many as possible it is requested that the presentations be held in English. All presentations will be recorded.

Those who wish to give a presentation are asked to send a title and description of the presentation, along with a short description of themselves and a photo (which is allowed to use freely) in email to: presentations[a]rdfc[.]is before Wednesday February 22, 2012.

Lightning talks

Those who work on various free projects also get a chance at the conference to introduce their projects by giving a lightning talk (the projects do not have to be relevant to the conference topics). Lightning talks can be at most 5 minutes in length.

It is possible to request a slot for a lightning talk both before and during the conference. The amount of lightning talk slots is limited and they will be allotted in the order of the requests. For that reason, interested participants are encouraged to request a slot sooner than later.

Interested participants are asked to send the topic of their lightning talk to: lightningtalks[a]rdfc[.]is

FSFÍ Freedoms Award

The FSFÍ Freedoms Award will be awarded for the third time at the conference. The award is a gratitude and encouragement to those who have contributed to digital freedoms in Iceland.

FSFÍ is looking for nominations of recipients for the third FSFÍ Freedoms Award. The recipient of the award will chosen with a closed vote.

Nominations should be sent, along with a description of the nominee’s contribution to digital freedoms, to: award[a]rdfc[.]is before March 15, 2012.

Previous recipients of the award are:

  • Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson for his unselfish work to advance free software
  • Áslaug Agnarsdóttir for her unselfish work to advance open access to scholarly publications


Icelandic Digital Freedom Society (FSFÍ) was founded in March, 2008. The goal of FSFÍ is to advocate, foster, and protect digital freedoms so that rights of Icelanders are maintained in a digital world. The focus of FSFÍ is that our technology, culture, communications and knowledge are free. is an Icelandic interest group for open access with a goal to get the government, universities, and public institutions, that support research and academic endavours, to form a policy around open access publications. The group also aims to get Icelandic universities to sign the Berlin Declaration from 2003.

Topics and keynotes set for the fourth conference

The topics for the fourth Reykjavík Digital Freedoms Conference are set. As usual there will be two main topics at the conference and at this conference it will be:

  • Open access, and
  • Public rights and special interests

We are also proud to be able to present two highly relevant keynotes:

Alma Swan from SPARC Europe will give a keynote on open access, and

Glyn Moody, a freelance journalist who covers digital freedoms and digital rights will give a keynote on public rights and special interest in cyberspace.

More information to come soon.

Today we launch the new Reykjavik Digital Freedoms Conference website at just in time for the fourth Reykjavik Digital Freedoms Conference.

On this website we will post news, the schedule, open for registration, provide background information, logos, images, and contact information for media and personal blogs.

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