Sunil Abraham (Bangalore) 5 November 2011


12.15 – 13.00: A critique of openness

Sunil Abraham

Are we liberating people from the hegemony of proprietary control only to entrap them under the hegemony of openness? Does the Free Software and Creative Commons movement only serve to distract people from calls for more fundamental reform of the current global intellectual property rights (IPR) regime? What new forms of injustice are produced by open projects such as Wikipedia and Open Data?  How do large corporations use open-washing to engage in terminology capture to confound policy formulation processes? Is freedom of expression on the Internet really only a trade issue? Is transparency used by governments as a denial of service attack on citizens and civil society to divert their attention from real issues? How are digital natives redefining openness and consequently activism in the Internet era. Sunil has been been engaged in practice and policy research around IPR reform and openness for the last 10 years. He will use stories from the Asia-Pacific to reflect on some of the above questions towards a more critical understanding of openness and transparency.


Sunil Abraham is Executive Director of the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India. He is also a leading figure behind the Tactical Technology Collective and founder of Mahiti, an organisation that aims to reduce the cost and complexity of Information and Communication Technology.

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