How file formats can favor (or hamper) innovation, active citizenship and really free markets

This is a Seminar originally developed for the Laboratory of Economics and Management of the S. Anna School of Advanced Studies which hosted the first two editions, in 2005 and 2009.The slides of the 2009 edition are at the bottom of this page. Both the seminar itself and the related material gathered very good feedback including, but not limited to, the following comments:

I regularly update the material for this seminar, to keep it current, and am always available to run new editions, customized for specific audiences. If you are interested in hosting new editions, please contact me.

Update 2020/08/01: A PDF version of the same slides is now freely downloadable from here, under a CC BY-SA license.