OPEN REFLECTIONS

An ontology of free – or: is there such a thing as freedom of knowledge?

freedom2

 

The last couple of days I have started thinking about what the concept of free knowledge exactly entails. I want to dedicate a few future posts to this subject, in order to explore the idea to its fullest and to give it a proper categorization (at least I will try to). This can be seen as a first outline for a series on free.

 

A few thoughts come to mind when thinking about freedom if information:

 

– What does free exactly mean? What distinguishes free knowledge from or relates it to other concepts such as open science or open access, libre or gratis knowledge and ideas like creative commons, open content and copyleft?

 

info– Is there a fundamental difference between freedom of information and freedom of knowledge?

 

– Is freedom of knowledge possible? And if so, what are the pros and cons of such a development; do we really want our knowledge to be free?

 

– Where does the idea of ‘information wants to be free’ originate form, and what is its historical context?

 

– What kind of different economic, political, social and philosophical issues play a role when we talk about free knowledge?

 

– Can we develop an economy of free, or a business model that revolves around free access? If so, what kind of possibilities or models are there (and which are sustainable?) and what are their pros and cons?

 

coffeeshop

One comment on “An ontology of free – or: is there such a thing as freedom of knowledge?

  1. Pingback: Bits of Freedom « OPEN REFLECTIONS

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Open Reflections is created by Janneke Adema

Archives

Open Reflections on Twitter

del.icio.us - bookmarks

%d bloggers like this: