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Deciphering the grammar
of institutions
Exploring new directions of
governing the knowledge commons
Creating a community
on the knowledge commons
Artisanship and innovation
to create common futures


June 9-11, 2021






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May 1, 2021

May 15, 2021

June 1, 2021

Add to Calendar 06/09/2021 08:00 AM 06/11/2021 05:00 PM America/Phoenix IASC 2021 Knowledge Commns Virtual Conference Online, Worldwide


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Welcome to the

IASC 2021 Knowledge Commons Virtual Conference

Aim & Scope

The virtual conference, a 3-day meeting with pre-recorded and live events, will address problems defined by knowledge systems, including innovation spaces, digital resources like Wikipedia and Stack exchange, open-source software development, the future of science and education, the archival of existing knowledge, cultural commons and citizen science.
What are the opportunities (low costs of sharing and reproduction, collaboration, access) and challenges (privacy, security, freeriding, inequality, incentives, manipulation, artificial intelligence biases, exclusion, trust)? Finally, in the era of the most serious global pandemic in over a century, how can Knowledge Commons help to address the consequences of COVID-19? 

We anticipate four overarching


Cultural Commons, Commons-Based Peer Production, Open Science, Open Education, online communities, Intellectual Property, genetic information, indigenous knowledge, etc.

trust in information (fake news), privacy, inequality in access to information, etc.

Open Covid Pledge, vaccine development and production, patient groups, data sharing etc.

When you submit your abstracts we ask for a list of keywords. During the conference you can create your “playlist” of presentations and sessions based on the keywords. 

Types of


We welcome different kinds of contributions:

Live webinars are focused on debates and discussions, not presentations, and last one hour.

of 10 minutes, and presenters can indicate whether they want to participate in a webinar with presenters of similar topics. We allow for presentations in Spanish, French or Mandarin, besides English.  The audience will be able to access the videos with subtitles. The discussion forum on the talks will be in English only.

An individual presentation is a pre-recorded video. Participants asynchronously interact with the presenter on the presentation in the comment section.

such as tutorial, interview, short film, …


Online Conference

No hassle, costs, or carbon emissions from traveling. Attend the entire conference safely from home.


Three Days

Three days packed with prerecorded sessions and live events.


Meetup and Network

Interact with your peers during networking events.


Important Dates

May 1, 2021

Deadline for abstract submission

May 1, 2021
May 15, 2021

Notification on acceptance/rejection

May 15, 2021
June 1, 2021

Deadline for pre-recorded video submission

June 1, 2021
June 9-11, 2021

Event dates

June 9-11, 2021



This virtual conference is accessible for small fees to cover the costs of the implementation of the meetings. All presenters will have to be or become IASC members. IASC members pay 10 dollars to attend the virtual conference live. All conference material will be available to IASC members after the conference. If you are not an IASC member, you can easily register here. Non-IASC members can attend the conference for a fee of 50 dollars. Dependent on sponsoring, waivers are available for early-career scholars and practitioners from the global south.

IASC Members
$ 10
$ 50

Meet The Team


Melanie Dulong de Rosnay

Associate Research Professor, Center for Internet and Society, French National Center for Scientific Research

Marco A. Janssen

Professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, USA, IASC President and Chair of IASC 2021

Charlie Schweik

Professor at the Schools of Public Policy and Earth and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, IASC Knowledge Commons Coordinator

Steering Committee

Shun-Ling Chen

Associate Research Professor, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica in Taipei

Janice Figueiredo

P2P Foundation

Seth Frey

Assistant Professor Department of Communication, University of California Davis, USA

Michael Madison

Professor at the School of Law, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Jason Potts

Professor of Economics at the Blockchain Innovation Hub, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

Flavia Guerrieri

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Germany


Event Sponsors

Become A


We are seeking sponsors to cover the costs of organizing the conference and fund IASC memberships for students and colleagues in the global south. We consider the following level of Sponsorships:

Platinum Sponsor: $5,000

Gold Sponsor: $2,000

Silver Sponsor: $1,000

Bronze sponsor: $120, which covers a membership for one participant for four years.

Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsors will have their logo on the conference website, the size depending on the level of Sponsorship. If you have inquiries about sponsorships, please contact

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