About Share Foundation
WHO ARE WE?
The SHARE Foundation is a nonprofit organization which fights to protect civil liberties in the digital age. Concerned with the impact of digital communications on everyday lives and human rights, the goal of the Share Foundation is to fight for the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights, in the areas of privacy, free speech, government transparency and efficiency, surveillance and human rights. Share Foundati on is dedicated to protecting the rights of Internet citizens and promoting positive values of openness, decentralization, free access and exchange of knowledge, information and technology. The activities of Share Foundation are supported by cooperation and friendship with a wide network of various institutions, individuals and organizations.
WHAT IS SHARE CONFERENCE?
SHARE Conference is a weekend-long public, free and non-commercial hybrid event blending an Internet culture and technology related daytime conference with a dynamic cutting-edge music festival by night. Share brings together hundreds of passionate people, forward-thinkers, cultural creatives, activists and artists from all around the world for talks and parties in 72 hours of a powerful gathering of people who share ideas, knowledge and creativity. In the last 2 years the Share conference has been organized twice in Belgrade, in 2011 and 2012, and the last conference was in Beirut in October 2012.
WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
It’s about understanding and celebrating Internet culture and all the aspects of open, decentralized and accessible forms of communication, exchange and creation. It’s about the empowerment of individuals and the networking of like-minded people. It's about setting the values and new standards that will prevent any kind of oppression, censorship and surveillance for future generations. It's about understanding alternative economic, cultural and educational models. It’s about Internet ecology and struggles to protect the Internet as an open and free territory for all of us. It's about energizing sub-cultural groups and praising the diversity that these cultures bring. It's about promoting open access to software, hardware, information, knowledge, science, government, design and almost everything else that can be open. It’s about sharing. It’s about how to do it yourself. But it’s mostly about cats doing flips, birds flying over the moon and robots making biiips.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
During the 3 days of the conference, Belgrade and Beirut became the world’s epicenters in exchanging progressive ideas and knowledge on the topics of Internet culture, society, technology, music and new media. The lectures and talks were given by leading international stars in these fields, world-class bloggers and artists who educated the audience on new forms of activism and approaches in using advanced technologies and the latest tools to create, influence and affect. Discussions delve deep into the underground of the Internet subcultures and explore groups that fight for digital and human rights, free information flow and access, improving transparency, and protecting the privacy of fellow peers and residents. The event was accompanied by an intensive music program, which was simultaneously organized in several well-selected clubs and alternative venues in Belgrade and Beirut. Contributors and visitors who obtain one of the 2500 unique free wristbands get access to both day and night events where many local, regional and international artists perform for audiences who share vibes and energy to celebrate the Internet as an open and free territory for all.
HOW CAN YOU JOIN US?
IF YOU ARE A COMPANY OR FOUNDATION
We are not looking for sponsors, we are trying to find partners who will share our vision of creating a social and cultural impact on society.
Check our presentation (pdf) and contact us
IF YOU ARE A GOVERNMENT INSTITUTION
Issues and topics that we are addressing are important for every system and society. Freedom of speech, ecology of media, internet neutrality, privacy and transparency should be on the list of priorities of any responsible government.
Check our presentation (pdf) and contact us
IF YOU ARE AN ACTIVIST
Contact us. We will try to help as much as we can in your activities. We can create this event together, give you the opportunity to spend 3 days with an international expert in your field of work, give you a space and time to present yourself or even try to fundraise for your activities.
IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST, MUSICIAN, BLOGGER, NEW MEDIA MAKER
Let’s do something together. We organize a lot of collaborative activities before, during and after the Share Conference: remixing, crowd-designing, filmmaking, street art and interventions, flash mobs.
You can check some of our previous activities here:
IF YOU ARE JUST ONE REALLY NICE PERSON
Donate (Karma +1).