Eric Steuer develops creative projects, partnerships, and events on behalf of Creative Commons. He also directs CC's creative vision, editorial strategy, and communications planning.
Steuer serves on the leadership team of the Open COVID Coalition, an international effort to remove obstacles to intellectual property during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also manages CC's role in the Bassel Khartabil Fellowship, an initiative that provides financial support and guidance to outstanding individuals developing open source projects in their communities under adverse circumstances.
Before joining CC, Steuer was an editor for WIRED, where he also wrote feature stories and led audience development. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, California Sunday Magazine, Make Magazine, and many other publications. He was the longtime board chair of CASH Music, a nonprofit focused on developing free resources and software for artists and record labels.
Steuer lives in the East Bay area of the great state of California, where he runs, writes, makes podcasts, hangs out with his family, and records music with his friends.
Photo credit: Priscilla C. Scott, CC BY
Momentum continues to swell in support of the Open COVID Pledge, with the announcement today by Amazon, Facebook, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Microsoft, and Sandia National Laboratories, that they are pledging their patents to the public to freely use in support of solving the COVID-19 pandemic. Following in the footsteps of Intel, Fabricatorz Foundation, and … Read More “Tech Giants Join the CC-Supported Open COVID Pledge”
We are thrilled to announce today that Dr. Tarek Loubani has been awarded the 2020 Bassel Khartabil Fellowship. Loubani is the medical director of Glia, a project focused on using Open Access manufacturing and distribution in order to provide lower costs and vastly increase the accessibility of urgently needed medical supplies and gear. The Fellowship … Read More “Bassel Khartabil Fellowship Awarded to Tarek Loubani—Using Open Access to Combat COVID-19”
Last week, the Unicode Consortium released the latest version of the Unicode Standard—the universal character coding system used in computer processing (which includes the international emoji portfolio 😎). We’re thrilled to announce that Creative Commons (CC) license symbols were included in this new release. The latest Unicode Standard adds 5,930 characters, including 4 new scripts, … Read More “The Unicode Standard Now Includes CC License Symbols”
Creative Commons is thrilled to announce that the second Public Domain Day celebration is happening on January 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C. We’re working with our friends at the Internet Archive, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University Washington College of Law, Creative Commons USA, the Institute for Intellectual Property & … Read More “Save the Date: Public Domain Day 2020 Is Happening in January in Washington, D.C.”
A key principle of the open movement is that the power of information relies on its accessibility. As researcher and activist Bushra Ebadi expressed to us recently, “Access to information is intrinsically tied to the right to know and the right to exist.” We often receive stories from around the world illustrating how Creative Commons … Read More “How a News Outlet Used CC BY to Help Its Journalist”
At the 2017 Creative Commons Global Summit, we hosted a special session with filmmaker Robin McKenna that featured an early look at her then-in-progress documentary GIFT. McKenna’s film is now completed and opens today in select cities in the US. Inspired by The Gift, Lewis Hyde’s influential 1983 book about creativity and sharing (and an … Read More “Robin McKenna’s GIFT Documentary Opens Today”
Earlier this year, we met Patrick Böhler, a journalist and executive editor of SWI swissinfo.ch, the international news service of Switzerland’s public broadcaster. In our conversation, we discussed the ways that various media companies and journalistic projects have used Creative Commons licensing to increase public access to their stories. We were excited when Patrick circled … Read More “The Pangolin Reports: CC Journalism About the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal”
Good news for people and groups working on ways to empower creators: Today, Coil announced Grant for the Web, a new $100 million fund to benefit creators and promote innovation in web monetization. Grant for the Web is funded and led by Coil, in collaboration with Creative Commons and Mozilla. The fund hopes to address … Read More “Grant for the Web, a $100m Plan to Spur New Business Models for Online Creators”
We’ve added two new awesome staff members to the Creative Commons team. Whitney Valentine-Wafer joined us earlier this year as CC’s Director of Finance and Treasurer. And just this past week, Victoria Heath began her new role as CC’s Communications Manager. We’re very excited to be able to work with these two very fine folks. … Read More “Welcome to the Newest Members of the Creative Commons Team!”
Today the Fabricatorz Foundation announced an open call for applicants for the Bassel Khartabil Fellowship. The Fellowship supports outstanding individuals developing free culture projects in their communities under adverse circumstances, honoring the legacy of beloved artist, open source technology innovator, free culture advocate Bassel Khartabil. Bassel was Creative Commons’ Syrian project lead, the cofounder of … Read More “Announcing an Open Call for Proposals: The Bassel Khartabil Fellowship”