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Those who are new to A2K face quite a high learning curve, and part of
the reason for that is that it is a hybrid concept. Although the debate may
seem at times to turn around copyright, it also takes in apparently quite
distinct issues such as network neutrality, open standards, and freedom
of expression. What ties these issues together is that they bear upon the
level of access enjoyed by consumers around the world to cultural and
educational materials and media.
This book is meant to guide a reader gently through many fields of the
A2K landscape. It starts by explaining the interest of Consumers Inter-
national in this issue, and in this chapter gives a quick overview of what
A2K is, and why it has become such an important concept both for the
consumer movement and for a broader coalition of civil society groups.
The next three chapters of the book follow the same structure as the
major objectives of CI's A2K programme, as outlined in the Preface. Thus
Chapter 2 of the book focuses on the first of CI's objectives, the promotion
of fairer laws and enforcement practises - which includes an outline of
the issues arising under copyright and patent law, and IP enforcement.
Next, in Chapter 3, we move to alternative ways of sharing informa-
tion. Included are explanations of the public domain, free and open
source software, the Creative Commons movement, Open Educational
Resources (OER), and open standards.
Here’s what’s next.
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Noronha, Frederick & Malcolm, Jeremy. Access to Knowledge: a guide for everyone, text, 2010; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc33297/m1/11/: accessed March 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .