Tuesday, October 14, 2008

De-privileging the known

Frank Paynter points me to 

Guerilla Open Access
Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You’ll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier. more
Aaron Swartz invites the Internet to be, and remain, the Net, rather than a strip mall of private corporate preserves. At least when it comes to human knowledge. It would seem unnecessary to advocate that knowledge, the roots of cognition for the species, be open and available to all. But it is. 
The known ought to be the non-problematic bit. But it isn't.

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