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[News] Mode of Openness and Collaboration Passes to Areas of Content

  • Subject: [News] Mode of Openness and Collaboration Passes to Areas of Content
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 03:47:20 +0000
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Business of the House

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| We are entering an era in which the mark of 
| an open society is the way in which it 
| guarantees access to open knowledge through 
| the internet. It is therefore vital that 
| liberal democracies do not send mixed 
| signals to closed societies that seek to 
| restrict internet freedoms for their 
| citizens. The anti-counterfeiting trade 
| agreement that is being discussed in Mexico 
| might inadvertently do that, so may we have 
| a debate in the House so that hon. Members 
| can test that notion and find out more 
| about our negotiating position?


The commons as a common paradigm for social movements and beyond

,----[ Quote ]
| We can only promote the commons as a new 
| narrative for the 21st century if they are 
| identified as a common denominator by 
| different social movements and schools of 
| thought. In my point of view, enforcing the 
| commons would be not only possible, but 
| strategically intelligent. Here are 15 
| reasons why:
|    1. The commons are everywhere. They 
|    determine our quality of life in great 
|    many ways. They are present (even though 
|    often invisible) in the social, natural, 
|    cultural and digital sphere. Think about 
|    the things we use to learn (read and 
|    write), the things we use to move (land, 
|    air and sea), the things we use to 
|    communicate (language, music and code), 
|    the things we use to feed and heal 
|    (land, water, medicine) or the things 
|    our reproduction depends on (genes, 
|    social life). The commons is about how 
|    we share and use all these things.



,----[ Quote ]
| This dissertation is an exploration of 
| alternative visions of social organization 
| beyond the horizon of capitalism.


Drug Discovery, Open-Source Style

,----[ Quote ]
| âWe are putting into practice the 
| philosophy of open-source software: that 
| given enough eyeballs, all bugs are 
| shallow.â So says Zakir Thomas, project 
| director of Open Source Drug Discovery, or 
| OSDD. Established in India, OSDD has 
| established a novel open-source platform 
| for both computational and experimental 
| technologies to make drug discovery for 
| infectious and neglected diseases cost 
| effective and affordable to the people of 
| the developing world.



Public Domain Manifesto

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| The Public Domain is the rule, copyright
| protection is the exception. Since
| copyright protection is granted only with
| respect to original forms of expression,
| the vast majority of data, information and
| ideas produced worldwide at any given time
| belongs to the Public Domain. In addition
| to information that is not eligible for
| protection, the Public Domain is enlarged
| every year by works whose term of
| protection expires. The combined
| application of the requirements for
| protection and the limited duration of the
| copyright protection contribute to the
| wealth of the Public Domain so as to ensure
| access to our shared culture and knowledge.

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