Knowledge Commons

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Scientific knowledge is created in publicly-funded universities. More often than not, that same knowledge is turned into commodities, such as medicines or technologies, that are then sold to the public to make a profit.

What if knowledge was not enclosed by a select few profit driven private actors? What if there was a way to organize the production, management and distribution of knowledge in a more equitable and shared way?

Knowledge commons can be an antidote to monopolies in every industry, improve accessibility and spur innovation. In a world that is increasingly knowledge and data-driven, the question of how we organize it becomes more urgent with every passing day.

Publication: ‘Generative interoperability: Building Online Publication & Civic Spaces’

Commons Network and Open Future publish Generative Interoperability: Building Public & Civic Spaces online. This report builds further on the Vision for a Shared Digital Europe culminates the research supported by NESTA.


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Publication ‘From Lab to Commons: Shifting to a Public Interest Biomedical System’.

Commons Network publishes a new policy paper that takes on the pharmaceutical system and presents real alternatives, based on open source research and the knowledge commons. Commons Network proposes a new vision for the biomedical research system that safeguards universal access to affordable medicines and scientific advances.

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Publication ‘Supporting the Commons: Opportunities in the EU policy landscape’

Taking a commons approach to European policy, this paper analysis EU policy with regards to Urban Commons, Digital infrastructure & the Collaborative economy and Knowledge management.

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Commons Network founds European Alliance on Responsible R&D and Affordable Medicines

In order to have a strong joint voice and coordination among different actors advocating for access to medicines CN founds a civil society alliance together with Health Action International and other partners. The EU Alliance consists of more than 80 organisation from many different countries across Europe and focuses on EU policy.

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Publication ‘The EU and Commons. A commons approach to European knowledge policy’

The past two decades have seen unprecedented new forms of collaboration in the creation and sharing of knowledge. The sharing of useful knowledge brings significant economic, social and civic benefits, allowing people to have access to valuable knowledge goods, to participate and exercise their democratic rights. This paper describes how the commons perspective, as a new framework for understanding knowledge, can contribute to some important, long-overdue EU policy discussions.

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Publication ‘TTIP and the Big Pharma Wish List ‘

A report by Commons Network and civil society partners shows that the pharmaceutical industry’s wish list for the TTIP is detrimental to public health, will increase the cost of medicines and undermine democratic processes.

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