Free Knowledge
Confronting the Commodification of Human Discovery
ISBN: 978-0-88977-365-3
Year: 2015
Pages: 304
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"An emerging area of concern that has both scholarly and activist dimensions.... A book on the cutting-edge of current debates." - Dr. Ian Angus, Simon Fraser University, author of Emergent Publics and Love the Questions: University Education and Enlightenment

Alarms are being sounded around the globe over the increasing commercialization of public knowledge for private profit. Whether you are a farmer, a university student, a medical patient, or a library user, these developments impact your daily life. 

Knowledge privatization holds growing sway over the choice of the foods you eat, the medicine you take, the software you use, the music you hear, and even the flowers you plant in your own backyard. This is the result of a world where plant seeds have become subject to patents, medical research is overseen by pharmaceutical giants, universities are beholden to corporate funders, and Indigenous knowledge is expropriated. 

The good news is that people are fighting back, working to create spaces where humanity's knowledge can be reclaimed and shared for the public good. Composed of fifteen essays from seventeen writers, ranging from academics to farmers to Indigenous knowledge keepers, Free Knowledge is a book on the front lines in the shared project of creating and protecting our Knowledge Commons.

Contents

Prologue: Free Knowledge, Seeds, and Other Beings

Brewster Kneen 

 

Introduction

 

Patricia W. Elliott and Daryl H. Hepting 

 

Part 1  Knowledge for Profit: The Commodification

of Education and Research

 

Chapter 1  Higher Education or Education for Hire?

Corporatization and the Threat to Democratic Thinking

Joel Westheimer 

 

Chapter 2  Privatized Knowledge and the Pharmaceutical Industry

 

Sally Mahood

 

Chapter 3  Pseudo-Evidence-Based Medicine: When Biomedical Research

Becomes an Adjunct of Pharmaceutical Marketing

 

Arthur Schafer

 

Chapter 4  The Privatization of Knowledge in Canada’s

Universities and What We Should Do About It

 

Claire Polster

 

Part 2  Knowledge for People:

Examples of Alternative Praxis

 

Chapter 5  The Canadian Co-operative Movement and the

Promise of Knowledge Democracy

Mitch Diamantopoulos

 

Chapter 6 Liberating Our Public Airwaves: Sounding Off!

 

Marian van der Zon 

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Chapter 7  Action Research as Academic Reform: The Challenges and Opportunities of Shared Knowledge

Patricia W. Elliott

 

Part 3  Knowledge Sovereignty:

Indigenous Resistances and Resiliencies

 

Chapter 8  Indigenous Knowledge: A K’iche-Mayan Perspective

Leonzo Barreno

 

Chapter 9  Gnaritas Nullius (No One's Knowledge):

The Essence of Traditional Knowledge and Its

Colonization through Western Legal Regimes

 

Gregory Younging

 

Chapter 10  Renegotiated Relationships and New Understandings: Indigenous Protocols

 

Jane Anderson and Gregory Younging

 

Part 4  Reframing the Future:

Emerging Ideas and Understandings

 

Chapter 11 The Economics of Information in a Post-Carbon Economy

Joshua Farley and Ida Kubiszewski

 

Chapter 12  Studying Abundance: Building a New Economics

of Scarcity, Sufficiency, and Abundance

 

Roberto Verzola

 

Chapter 13  Seeds, Soil, and Good Governance: A Message to Government

 

Doug Bone

 

Chapter 14  Open Access to Scholarly Knowledge: The New Commons

 

Heather Morrison

 

Acknowledgements

 

 

Contributors

 

 

Index 

 

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Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
 
          Free knowledge : confronting the commodification of human 
discovery / edited by Patricia W. Elliott & Daryl H. Hepting.
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in print and electronic formats.
ISBN 978-0-88977-365-3 (paperback).--ISBN 978-0-88977-366-0 (pdf)
 
          1. Research--Economic aspects--Canada.  2. Science--Economic 
aspects--Canada.  3. Commodification--Canada.  4. Education, Higher--
Economic aspects--Canada.  5. Privatization in education--Canada. 
6. Knowledge, Sociology of.  I. Elliott, Patricia, 1960-, author, editor  
II. Hepting, Daryl H. (Daryl Hugh), 1965-, editor
 
Q180.55.E25F74 2015     338.4'75072      C2015-901658-4     C2015-901659-2

Daryl H. Hepting

Daryl H. Hepting is an associate professor of Computer Science and an associate member of the Film Department at the University of Regina. He is also the coordinator of the Farming and Local Food Working Group in Saskatchewan.

Patricia W. Elliott

Patricia W. Elliott is an assistant professor of the School of Journalism at the University of Regina. Her background includes alternative media practice and community-based research.
"Provides a refreshing survey of the many realms in which corporations are enclosing shared knowledge -- and a sampling of commons that are democratizing the production and control of knowledge."
David Bollier,
"Compelling, timely and a seminal anthology of outstanding and deftly presented scholarship....very highly recommended."
Michael Dunford, Midwest Book Review
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