Dominique Cardon

Sociologist ( France)

Renata Avila

the country lead ( Guatemala)

Florence Devouard

founding member and vice-chair ( France)

Simon Sarazin

member ( France)

September 23rd, 2011

From 16:00 to 18:00




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Knowledge Common Summit

The Knowledge Commons encompass a shared information-based resource. It suggests both the battle against expanding intellectual property rights and privatization of knowledge, and the search for a space allowing free speech and democratic practices. Knowledge in digital form offers unprecedented access to information through the Internet but at the same time is subject to ever-greater restrictions through intellectual property legislation, overpricing, poor visibility, or lack of preservation. Looking at knowledge as a commons allows us to realize both its limitless possibilities and resultant opportunities for entrepreneurs, policymakers, and activists, but also allows us to identify what threatens it and what it actually threatens.

For example, the multiplicity of private but visible information create public information: where is the frontier ? What are the differences between public knowledge and open knowledge ? Are all accessible data on Internet public ? Are we learning to voluntarily ignore what is private data ? What should be hidden, what should be visible, what should be common ? Who will define what is private and what is public ? Who will be in control ? What would be the role of nations or of companies with regards to defining and/or preserving private data ?

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