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Networks and Partnerships

A2K4D is proud to be an active partner in a number of global, regional and national research networks.

  • 1. Access to Knowledge Global Academy (A2KGA)

    A2K4D is a founding member of 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, India, South Africa and the United States.

    The expanding network includes:

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

The Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, India 



 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



A2K4D is a participant in the interdisciplinary Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC). Championed by Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, 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. The NoC aims to foster collaboration between partner centers to introduce novel debates and activities in the areas of digital technologies and socioeconomic change.


  • 3. CopyrightX Affiliate Community

 Through A2K4D, AUC is a member of the CopyrightX Affiliate Community. CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked course, offered each spring semester under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. The course explores the current law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how that law should be reformed. Through a combination of pre-recorded lectures, weekly seminars, live webcasts, and online discussions, participants in the course examine and assess the ways in which law seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression.  A2K4D Director Nagla Rizk was invited by Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society to teach a satellite version of the CopyrightX Course. The course was first offered at AUC in Spring 2015 as a special topics course, then again in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. Rizk adapted the course to fit the Egyptian and African contexts. The AUC course engages Egyptian students in world issues and debates related to copyright and creativity, with an eye to the interests of developing countries and their position in these debates. Through an online chat platform, AUC students get to communicate with their peers at Harvard and other satellite courses all over the world. Students also receive guest speakers at AUC and follow guest lectures and events at Harvard and elsewhere via the course online platform. For passing the course, students receive a Harvard certificate.




A2K4D is North African hub of The Open African Innovation Research Network (Open A.I.R.). The Network 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 Open African Innovation Research Network (Open A.I.R.)

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



  • 2.  Harnessing the Economic Power of Data in the Middle East and North Africa-“The Data Revolution” Network

Harnessing the Economic Power of Data in the Middle East and North Africa- “The Data Revolution” Network.  A2K4D is the leading institution of the “Data Revolution” project, acting as a nucleus for a Middle East and North Africa network on Data for Development. The project has the overall objective of exploring innovative technologies and approaches to improve data production, management, and usability, particularly in areas that could enhance entrepreneurship and youth employment in the MENA region.

The network is led by A2K4D. Project partners are:


Center for Continuing Education, Birzeit University (BZU), Palestine


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

In addition to the above, A2K4D has developed an on-going partnership with institutions from North Africa and the United States within its recent research project on “The Role of the Networked Public Sphere (NPS) in Advancing Civic Participation and Collective Action in the Arab Region; for short ‘Mobilization for Change’”. Partners have worked together over the past four years to better understand the role of the NPS in civic engagement in the Arab region and to build the capacity of researchers and collaborators working on the subject. Throughout the past year, partners have finalized research outputs and engaged in a variety of dissemination activities, including launching dissemination website where final research outputs can be found:

The project’s institutional nodes are:

Access to Knowledge for Development Center,School of Business, American University in Cairo, Egypt.

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

 Arab Policy Institute (API), Tunisia
Innova Tunisia , Tunisia  

The Regional Hub for InsideOut Group (Italy)


In addition to partnerships with individuals from academia, A2K4D regularly collaborates with civil society and media in Egypt. A2K4D director sits on the board of the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE), and Mushtarak community space for techies and activists to collaborate in various capacities in the area of new technologies and social change. Additionally, the Center has partnered with the following organizations and/or collaborated with their individual members:

Da3m: a non-governmental organization that strives to safeguard the right to freedom of information and access to knowledge

The Arab Digital Expression Foundation (ADEF): a foundation that aims to equip Arab youth with the necessary skills and support their use of new technologies for creative expression.

Madad: an online crowd-funding platform for development projects.

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights(EIPR): an NGO that strives to protect and promote basic rights and freedoms in Egypt.

Mada Masr: a local online independent media platform that contributes to A2K4D through research and editorial services.