Chat on Online Tech with Andy Oram of O'Reilly Media

Continent: North America

Some of us folks with New Yorkers for Fair Use have been planning an informal meetup with Andy Oram over dinner on August 30th, and we thought we'd put out a call and see who'd like to join in an informal chat with him about his various interests. Send an email to Seth Johnson at or Jay Sulzberger at by this Saturday, August 18 so we can see how many want to join in. At that point we'll select a location based on the response, somewhere in Manhattan.


Here are some links to some of Andy's articles for you to get a sense of his areas of interest. Below that there's a bit of a blurb with some questions he suggested, along with his bio. Andy Oram is a longtime editor with O'Reilly Media, and writes on numerous concerns related to technology, software, communications policy and information freedom.

You can see a list of his articles at: .

First, some links of interest: Online Media/Tech Support:

The Internet: Various Open Standards/ODF

And Here's a Possible Blurb:

An informal gathering with Andy Oram, Editor at O'Reilly Media ---------------------------------------- discuss open content and collaboration, funding models for content, and the economics of digital networks (and numerous other things)

Date: Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Time: 7:00 pm

Place: TBD

Discussion will be kicked off by topics such as:

* Why do people contribute free content, and what can society or businesses do to increase participation and quality?

* In an age where many people can't afford books or don't want to read them, how do people learn technical skills?

* What characteristics distinguish the arts in digital media from twentieth-century and pre-twentieth-century media?

* How can writers earn a living from content in an age of free redistribution?

* How will new stages of high-bandwidth networking be funded (can advertising carry the cost?)


Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly Media, a highly respected book publisher and technology information provider. An employee of the company since 1992, Andy specializes in free software projects and software engineering. His work for O'Reilly includes the first books ever released by a U.S. publisher on Linux, the 2001 title Peer-to-Peer, and the recent best-seller Beautiful Code. Andy is also a member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and writes frequently on policy issues and trends related to the Internet and to technical innovation and its effects on society. Copyrights, trademarks, and patents, business aspects of open source, and telecom issues are among the topics covered in his articles at:

He is currently doing research on free, online, technical documention, along with experiments in new tools, as described at:

An article he wrote about art on the Internet, titled "Characteristics of new media in the Internet age," is maintained as a wiki at: