access to knowledge – a2k (network.org)

A global consumer dialogue on Access to Knowledge and communications issues (in 简体中文 English Français Bahasa Indonesia 日本語 한국어 Bahasa Melayu Português Русский Español) – and a Project of Consumers International CI.

Linked on our blogs with Consumers International CI, and with Production underway on CI Access to Knowledge film.

CI seeks to harness the collective voice and effectiveness of consumer groups working around the world and across issue sectors, to guarantee that consumer interests are adequately represented in national and global debates around intellectual property (IP) and communications rights, and thereby to serve as a catalyst for policy change, by putting pressure on governments and international organisations to develop more balanced IP and communications regimes … (english Homepage and log-in).

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About: This is the home of Consumers International’s global projects to promote Access to Knowledge (A2Ki) for consumers. 

CI’s work on Access to Knowledge (A2K) is predicated upon the fact that intellectual property rights (IPRs) are a consumer issue, not just an issue for business. For example, the expansion of the scope and enforcement of intellectual property rights at the behest of rights holders impacts on consumers by inhibiting the sharing and development of culture, by denying consumers the freedom to use goods in the way they reasonably expect to be able to (for example due to Digital Rights Management (DRMi) technology), and by making learning materials unaffordable or simply unavailable to consumers in developing countries.

Although intellectual property rights are the focus of CI’s work on Access to Knowledge, there are also a range of other communications policy issues that may bear upon consumers’ ability to participate equally in the knowledge society. These include human rights issues such as freedom of expression, security and privacy issues such as spam and cybercrime, accessibility issues such as multilingualism and disability, infrastructure issues such as broadband availability and wireless access, and so on.

A knowledge society can be developed only when there is access to information on all fronts. Such a society is sustainable when access to knowledge is unhampered and inclusive, promoting co-operative forms of knowledge production as the basis for innovation and creativity. The new paradigm considering knowledge as a public common is a new chance to extend collective intelligence to deepen and enlarge cultures in their diversity. The role of consumer organisations in making this possible is vital.

To learn more, read about our activities and our working groups, or download a copy of the Terms of Reference, 4 pdf-pages, for our A2K projects below.

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