SOURCE: The Copia Institute

The Copia Institute

March 12, 2015 14:57 ET

Copia Institute Gives Voice to New Generation in the Age of Information Abundance

Entrepreneurs and Innovators Lead the Way to Creative Policy Solutions

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 12, 2015) - The Copia Institute, a digital-native think tank from entrepreneur and author Mike Masnick, launched today with the Inaugural Summit at The Tech Museum of Innovation, featuring leading thinkers in technology, innovation and policy. The Copia Institute's mission is to help the tech community engage in tech policy like never before, injecting a community voice into policy debates while working to implement collaborative and creative solutions.

"Silicon Valley is home to the most creative innovators on the planet, so it's time our community comes together and focuses that energy on solving some of the most consequential and intriguing issues of our time," said Copia founder Mike Masnick. 

The inaugural conference is addressing the issues of today while working to resolve the issues of tomorrow, from intellectual property and copyright laws to health data ethics, 3D printing, privacy, surveillance, free speech, broadband, drones and autonomous vehicles.

"We are proud and excited to be backing the Copia Institute," said Brad Burnham, partner at Union Square Ventures. "They have correctly noted that we are entering an age of abundance brought on by the vast connectivity of people and information, and that many of our public policies were designed for a previous era and need to be rethought. The combination of leaders from the tech industry and from the public and academic sectors should lead to fruitful dialogue."

"The tech world -- and the public at large -- face enormous public policy challenges," said Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. "Collaborative thinking and action has proven to achieve tangible results here in the Valley, and I couldn't be happier to lend my support to bringing this same sort of pragmatic problem-solving to the rest of the nation."

Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, also addressed participants, speaking about innovations that have changed the way he deals with disaster management and the importance of collaboration between government and the tech industry to come up with the life-saving innovations of the future.

The Copia Institute Inaugural Summit is made possible by the MacArthur Foundation.

About Copia
Copia is Latin for "abundance." Information Abundance is the hallmark of our time - and the source of some of our biggest opportunities and toughest challenges. We're working collaboratively with everyday internet users, business experts and technology policy leaders to focus on the challenges and opportunities we face in this age of abundance. 

For more information on the Copia Institute: www.copia.is