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Research Networks

A2K4D is part of three global partnerships focused on research:

Access to Knowledge Global Academy

The Access to Knowledge Global Academy (A2KGA) connects academic centers around the world with the goal of advancing access to knowledge through research, capacity building and engaging academics, policymakers and other members of society. A2KGA was launched in collaboration with institutes in Brazil, China, South Africa and the United States, and has since grown to include many others.

The expanding network includes:

The Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, India  

Duke Technology and Innovation Policy Lab, Durham, North Carolina, USA 


Information Society Project, Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut, USA


Institute for Internet Policy and Law, Beijing Normal University, School of Law, Beijing, China


Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Intellectual Property Law and Policy Research Unit, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa



Open African Innovation Research (Open A.I.R.) Network 




The Open African Innovation Research and Training Network (Open A.I.R.) invests in pan-African research, networking, capacity building and policy engagement. The project’s central aim is to investigate how intellectual property regimes can be harnessed in Africa to facilitate innovation through collaboration. The project has four institutional hubs in Africa, and A2K4D is the base for its North African hub.

The Open A.I.R. network includes: 

The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), Strathmore Law School, Open A.I.R.'s East African Hub

 The Center for Law, Technology, and Society, University of Ottawa


Intellectual Property Law Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town, Open A.I.R.'s South African Hub

The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), Open A.I.R.’s West African Hub





 Network of Internet and Society Centers (NoC)



A2K4D had joined the interdisciplinary Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) in 2013. NoC is a collaborative initiative among academic institutions with focus on interdisciplinary research on the development, social impact, policy implications and legal issues concerning the Internet. This collective aims to increase interoperability between participating centers in order to stimulate the creation of new cross-national, cross-disciplinary conversation, debate, teaching, learning, and engagement regarding the most pressing questions around new technologies, social change, and related policy and regulatory developments.

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA


Information Society Project (ISP), Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, USA


 Arab Policy Institute (API), Tunisia

 Innova Tunisia 

Center for Continuing Education, Birzeit University, Palestine

Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) Lab, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco