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)