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What is Access to Knowledge?

"Access to knowledge, or A2K, refers to the right to receive, but also to participate in the creation, manipulation and extension of information, tools, inventions, literature, scholarship, art, popular media and other expressions of human inquiry and understanding. The access to knowledge discourse promotes a critical perspective on the maximalist trend of intellectual property and revives attention to the virtues of openness in knowledge. Access to knowledge represents a way to unlock trapped economic value, which will inevitably lead to new and expanded business opportunities, where both equity and efficiency can be improved by expanding distribution of knowledge goods and tools. Access to knowledge is a demand for democratic participation, for global inclusion and for economic justice."

– Excerpt from Access to Knowledge for Development in Egypt: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development (Bloomsbury Academic, 2010)