Nov 16, 2009

Charter for innovation, creativity and access to knowledge

This charter for innovation, creativity and access to knowledge talks about a revolution in the flow of ideas and knowledge and proposes reforms that would ensure wider civic engagement and dissemination of knowledge. While I'd agree with their legal demands, I think this charter is an interesting example of how particular beliefs and assumptions can generate change.
We are in the midst of a revolution in the way that knowledge and culture are created, accessed and transformed. Citizens, artists and consumers are no longer powerless and isolated in the face of the content-providing industries: now individuals across many different spheres collaborate, participate and decide. ... In this Charter we propose a number of possibilities for collectively rewarding creation and innovation. Free/libre and Open Source Software, Wikipedia, and many other examples show that the model of Free culture can sustain innovation and that knowledge monopolies are not necessary to produce knowledge goods.