Open Access

The Morality of Openness

I feel like my moral compass is broken.  Like many things that break, I put the first aberrations down to anomalies, exceptions that prove the rule.  But just as a real compass doesn’t point to true north but to a magnetic approximation of that, a proxy if you will, I am increasingly aware that my moral compass is an increasingly inadequate proxy in guiding my actions.

Open Access, Africa, and Yochai Benkler

Since the announcement of the EASSy undersea cable in 2005, Open Access has been a term of significant debate in the development of undersea cable initiatives and in the general strategic development of communication infrastructure in Africa.  Yet, it is a term that is variously understood and often abused especially by the marketing departments of undersea cable initiatives.  There is not an African undersea cable initiative that doesn’t claim to be Open Access but all operate on different ownership and pricing models.

The Opening of Science and Scholarship

Who controls access to peer-reviewed research in the age of the internet? How are the relevant norms and interests evolving?
 
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