Maker Faire Bay Area 2013

Makers Must Be Owners: Defend the Right to Tinker

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The creativity of new generations of makers is unleashed and new technologies make tinkering easier than ever. But that positive trend is on a collision course with another: the ever-expanding use of legal and technical restrictions on devices to limit owners' rights. It's not just whether you can open the hood; it's whether opening the hood might land you in court. Learn how we got here, what's at stake, and how you can help EFF defend the right to make.



Corynne McSherry — Intellectual Property Director

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Corynne McSherry is Intellectual Property Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in intellectual property and free speech issues.

Kyle Wiens — CEO


Kyle Wiens is the co-founder and CEO of iFixit, an online repair community internationally renowned for their open source repair manuals and product teardowns. Launched out of his Cal Poly college dorm room, iFixit has now empowered upwards of 15 million people to repair their broken stuff. In 2012, he started Dozuki, a software company that is revolutionizing online technical documentation for makers and manufacturers. Kyle has testified on electronic exports in front of the International Trade Commission and is actively involved in developing global environmental standards. Kyle regularly speaks on design for disassembly, technical writing, repair, service documentation, and the environmental impact of electronics at forums like MacWorld and eScrap. He also regularly writes for media outlets including The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Wired, and TreeHugger.


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