Antechinus: Battle for Open Access to Information

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Antechinus

Antechinus

The battle for open-access information

A PhD candidate’s online open-access publishing forum is a boon for those wishing to access texts and transcripts free.

Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitised and locked up by a handful of private corporations … Forcing academics to pay money to read the work of their colleagues? Scanning entire libraries but only allowing the folks at Google to read them? Providing scientific articles to those at elite universities in the First World, but not to children in the Global South? It’s outrageous and unacceptable.
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Jul 5

Robert Steele: Elsevier Reeling on Sharing

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Robert David STEELE Vivas

Robert David STEELE Vivas

Elsevier is feeling the strong pressure from a world-wide movement to force them into sensibility about sharing. Universities around the world, including MIT, and many other parties, have signed a strong denouncement here.

Buried within the comments, where Elsevier’s Alicia Wise is participating, is this statement that I have accepted in agreeing to do an article for Technology in Society — my article will appear at Phi Beta Iota on the same day that the journal is published.

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Jul 3

OPEN POWER: Electoral Reform Act of 2015 – Open Source Activist Tool-Kit

Amazon Page

Amazon Page

For those who want to avoid demonizing the two-party tyranny, whose “leaders” may wish  to consider participation in a national conversation, we have created a new cover for the book, and made it the default cover at Amazon. The original cover is below the fold and the book available with that cover on request (epub or emob or doc).

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Jun 27

Worth a Look: Coalition for Free and Open Elections

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Coalition For Free and Open Elections

Full and fair access to the electoral process is a right central to democracy. This right is protected by the U.S. Constitution in the First Amendment which guarantees, among other rights, the freedom to express political views through the electoral process.

This right includes the freedom to register and vote, to form political parties, to run for political office at all levels, to have unhindered access to the ballot and to the means of reaching the public, and to share equally in the benefits given by the state and federal governments to the two major parties and their candidates.

This right is not enjoyed today by voters who seek alternative political choices, nor by independent candidates and alternative political parties. Monopoly of the political process by the two major parties has, in fact, denied the voters an effective range of political choice. A maze of highly technical and restrictive laws has been enacted to bar the full exercise of the constitutional right to participate in the political process.

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Jun 19