[Irtalk] Open access is a development issue – the status quo needs to be challenged

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Aug 17 12:28:54 SAST 2015

*Access to information is a basic human right entrenched in the South
African Constitution. Yet there are many barriers restricting or preventing
access to information.*

The biggest barriers are:

   - access to the internet;
   - restrictive copyright laws together with digital rights management
   systems that “lock up” information or restrict access;
   - unreasonable policies and embargo periods set by publishers on online
   material; and
   - excessively priced books.

What needs to be done to lift the impossible restrictions currently in place

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