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Tuesday 15 March 2011

Is openness in the digital space killing creativity? With so much amateur content online, there is a strong desire to consume it all for free. Culture is rotting away before our very browsers. Or is it? Isn't this a great time to be alive – all this collaboration, untapped talent that now has an outlet thanks to the web. That is up for discussion in this special edition of Digital Planet from the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Texas, third in a series of programmes on openness made in collaboration with the Open University.

Gareth Mitchell travels around the festival to witness the wonders of 'open source hardware' at the Dorkbot hacker fair, a comic book that embraces Creative Commons, and a crowdsourced version of Star Wars. He also talks to the internet contrarian Andrew Keen, who is sceptical about the benefits of online openness for creativity.

In front of a live audience, Mitchell is joined by a panel of experts - June Cohen, Executive Producer of TED Media, broadcaster and blogger Jamillah Knowles, and Steve Rosenbaum, author, filmmaker and founder of the video curation platform Magnify.net - to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of openness on the internet.


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