Access to Knowledge

Research Paper 13, August 2007

Towards a Digital Agenda for Developing Countries.

The last two decades of the 20th century saw a revolution in the nature of information and the way that it can be created, used and transmitted. Vast opportunities have been opened up. Developing countries, that have insufficient capacity to generate, disseminate and effectively utilize educational information and knowledge, may finally be in a position to accelerate their development. (more…)

Policy Brief 9, August 2007

The Threat of Technological Protection Measures to a Development-Oriented Information Society.

The new digital environment offers both opportunities and challenges for developing countries. New international legal requirements with respect to the protection of technological measures that can be used by copyright owners to control access and use of their works can hinder the ability of developing countries to promote access to knowledge for development. (more…)

Policy Brief 6, March 2007

Development and Intellectual Property under the EPA Negotiations.

The negotiations for Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and the African Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP) are likely to result in additional layers of intellectual property right protection, at least in the case of the agreement with Cariforum countries. (more…)

Research Paper 9, January 2007

A Development Analysis of the proposed WIPO Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting & Cablecasting.

Since 1998, Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have discussed the creation of a new international instrument for the protection of broadcasting organizations. It is possible that final negotiations on a treaty on the protection of broadcasting organizations, including cablecasting organizations, will be initiated and conclude sometime in 2007. (more…)


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