[Irtalk] Public Knowledge for the Public Good: Working Toward Digital Access in the Spirit of Aaron Swartz — Medium

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Sat Jan 31 10:49:38 SAST 2015

Of course, all of the knowledge in the world is of little consequence
unless you have the proper tools, rights and skills. MIT’s Eric von Hippel,
a leading scholar in the field of entrepreneurship and consumer innovation
and author of Democratizing Innovation, argues that a blind belief in the
power of information access overlooks key factors: *The United States
currently needs legal reform in order to “protect the right to innovate.”
The ability to modify existing products and designs, or to build new
things, can quickly run into patent issues and IP problems.*

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