Code, Access to Knowledge and the Law: The Governance of Knowledge in the Digital Age

Code, Access to Knowledge and the Law: The Governance of Knowledge in the Digital Age

by Antonios G. Broumas, University of Athens

Abstract:
“This paper endeavours to clarify the role of technology in the governance of knowledge in the networked information society. Its central argument is that modern technologies of control, deployed as they are by powerful actors, tend to indiscriminately exclude access to knowledge, and, as a result, impede the dramatic potential of the digital age. In the process of underpinning the above thesis, the patterns of interrelation between code and the law and their influence on the networked information society are examined. It is argued that the existing equilibrium between control and A2K is disproportionately disposed toward specific private interests, originating primarily from powerful market players of traditional industrial sectors, while generally disregarding other private interests, or indeed the interest of the public as a whole. The paper concludes by calling for more equitable and balanced equilibria between control and A2K, implemented in a model of governance more clearly orientated towards social and economic development.”

Source: Legal Information & Technology Abstracts, Vol. 2, No. 4 (2/9/2010)



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