Latest  News

Why Academia Needs to Rediscover the Commons


Jean Claude Guedon, University of Montreal

Academia has long functioned as a commons based on openness, sharing and collaboration. In recent decades, however, universities have expanded their use of copyright and patent law to privatize knowledge; invited corporate partnerships that skew research priorities and impose secrecy; and entered into licensing deals that deliver captive audiences of students to marketers. If universities are truly going to serve the public and reap the benefits of digital technologies, they must rediscover the commons as a moral vision, system of governance and framework for managing knowledge.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Members map
Worldwide interactive
map including all

Presentations, papers and other material related to COMMUNIA events are available in the download page

Stay informed

Subscribe to our feeds:RSS Logo
Join our mailing lists: RSS Logo
Join us on: Communia Facebook page

Follow us on:
Communia twitter

Insert your e-mail address to subscribe to our newsletter