Entries Matching: Open Access To Research

On the Civil Society Seoul Declaration

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For the past couple of days, I've been in South Korea, attending the OECD's Ministerial on the Future of the Internet Economy. Rather than try to give a blow-by-blow account, I've tried to package some of my thoughts in a series of posts. Here's one:

The OECD Ministerial has ended with the signing of the Seoul Declaration, a document signed by the member nations of the OECD, as well as the European Community and observer countries Chile, Egypt, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Latvia, Senegal and Slovenia.

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The PISC Posse Rides Again: M2Z And The Search for Open Spectrum

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Sometime back, on my regular blog, I wrote about a company called M2Z and their quest to get a free nationwide 20 MHz license. In exchange, they promised free (filtered) broadband (well, 384 MBPS) for everyone, a faster subscription tier (with opt out on the filtering), and a bunch of other things -- notably a commitment to net neutrality, a general commitment to wholesale, and a flavor of open device attachment/wireless Carterfone.

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Open Access: House Vote Tomorrow

Tomorrow the House is set to vote on an appropriations bill that would mandate that all National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded researchers make their findings publicly available, for free, within 12 months of publishing their work in a private journal. Currently the NIH is responsible for some $28 billion in research grants annually - about 28% of all money spent on biomedical research in the United States. But while taxpayers cover all these expenses, none of the results from these research grants must be made available to the public. Instead the findings of these projects are published in private academic journals, subscriptions to which can thousands of dollars for a single title.

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Both Sides Get Busy In Preparation for Draft of 700 MHz Spectrum Auction Rules

Congress Daily (subscription required) is reporting that FCC Chairman Martin will issue a draft of the 700 MHz rules this week. As can be expected from such a high profile matter, rumors are flying about what will and will not be in this "Chairman's Draft." One of my colleagues describes the release of the draft like being in the 7th inning of a 9-inning baseball game - if you are winning in the 7th inning, you feel pretty good about your chances. If you are not...then you know you have to pull out all the stops to be victorious. This might include bringing pressure to bear from members of Congress, calling on the netroots and blogosphere to weigh in, and ramping up pressure on the mainstream media to cover the issue.

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