User:Wtebbens

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Wouter Tebbens in Barcelona, Spain (2010)
Wouter Tebbens
Born (1974-05-06) May 6, 1974 (age 40)
Tuil, Netherlands
Nationality Netherlands
Alma mater University of Twente
Occupation President of Free Knowledge Institute and director of Free Technology Academy[1]

Wouter Tebbens, (born 6 May 1974) is a Dutch activist, researcher and social entrepreneur on Free Knowledge and the Knowledge society.

He is particularly interested in social changes that come along with new technologies. Some of his core values are[2]: participation, access to knowledge, transparency, sustainability and social inclusion. Related to that he sees for the Knowledge society the following essential building blocks: copyleft, free knowledge, open communities, open access publishing, peer production processes, privacy.

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He achieved a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Twente (Netherlands). His final research project was in the group of Production and Operations Management led by prof. dr. W.H.M. Zijm.[3]

He has worked in various functions in Europe, Argentina and Spain. In 2002 he founded the company xlocal.com offering services based on free software to SME companies.

Between 2004 and 2007 he presided the working group on Free/Libre/Open Source Software at Internet Society Netherlands.

Between 2006 and 2008 he was coordinator of the European Commission's FP6-funded SELF Project (Science, Education & Learning in Freedom) [4] to design a platform for the collaborative construction of educational materials.

In 2007 he co-founds the non-profit foundation Free Knowledge Institute together with Hinde ten Berge and David Jacovkis to consolidate their activities and mission for a free knowledge society.[5]

In 2008 Wouter co-chairs the Free Knowledge Free Technology Conference,[6] which was organised by the SELF Project and the Free Knowledge Institute.

The Life Long Learning Programme (LLP) of the European Commission[7] awards the Free Knowledge Institute a grant to set up the Free Technology Academy together with the Open Universiteit Nederland and the Open University of Catalonia. Wouter will lead the project and becomes the first director of the academy.

In 2009 Wouter was one of the co-organisers of the Free Culture Forum in Barcelona, where he organised and moderated the Educational panel. The main working documents that were produced during the Forum led to the Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge.[8] Kim Tucker[9] and Wouter Tebbens have written a modified version for the Charter from a Free Knowledge perspective,[10] drawing on the various working documents produced during the Forum. The Free Knowledge Institute has published a summary of that as Ten Points For Change.[11]

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