At the Duke Public Domain conference, Jennifer Toomey from the Future of Music Coalition challenged the many academics present to take their best work and turn it into two sides of A4, so that activists could actually digest it. Needless to say, that isn't happening any time soon, since academics have better things to do with their time.
Activists, however, can take up the challenge and that's what I propose to do: create a 2 A4 page precis of all the good papers out there on the digital environment.
Here's how she put it:
There are many ways to lock people out of systems. We've talked about technical ones; we've talked about money. Information is a way that people are locked out of a system.
(I really appreciate what you said about getting it right; musicians do this all the time; you don't know how many times we write a song that maybe no-one else will hear, maybe one we won't even play for someone, but we're getting it right for ourselves and there's a value in that)
That said, I would put a challenge to all the academics here, within the next year, to take the most important information [that they've produced], their favourite paper, whatever they're most proud of, and translate it into something that's two pages long, and make it available maybe through your site, maybe through ours.
Because we need more ramps.
That's an open challenge to create the ramps that'll bring more people who aren't in this area up to speed.