Ekalavya to Aaron Swartz -- access (to knowledge) denied

PP Pirate Praveen Public Seen by 71

I propose we start a campaign to link systematic denial of access to knowledge from our past to the present. This will also make people realize the relevance of pirate ideology of free sharing of information in the Indian context. We can make posters, organize debates on how copyright and patents continues to deny knowledge to a vast majority even today. We should remind people of the fights Ekalavya, Aaron Swartz and many more fought to free knowledge from the chains of their times and why more people should join our fight today.


Pirate Praveen Fri 26 Sep 2014 4:40PM

As a concrete step, we should get Guerilla Open Access Manifesto translated to all Indian Languages. Then we should get them printed as pamphlets and start distributing at various events or just as street campaigns in schools and colleges to start a wider debate in the society about lack of access to knowledge. This would be a good way for us to reach out to wider society outside our tech circle.


Vishnu Prakash Sun 28 Sep 2014 11:01AM

I am sure it will impact on thoughts and actions. We will do it. I already shared in our institute's forum.


Pirate Praveen Tue 30 Sep 2014 6:56AM

Sign this petition - Let’s stand together to promote open access worldwide. https://act.eff.org/action/let-s-stand-together-to-promote-open-access-worldwide

Diego Gomez, a Colombian graduate student, currently faces up to eight years in prison for doing something thousands of researchers do every day: posting research results online for those who would not otherwise have a way to access them.


Pirate Praveen Tue 30 Sep 2014 7:00AM


Murali Tue 30 Sep 2014 12:32PM



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shirish Tue 30 Sep 2014 1:10PM

Had signed in the morning itself :)


ark Arjun Tue 30 Sep 2014 6:40PM



Pirate Praveen Wed 1 Oct 2014 11:45AM

Copyright as Censorship in Science: Striped Nanoparticle Edition



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Pirate Praveen Wed 8 Oct 2014 9:40AM

I'm creating a sub group to work on access to knowledge. We are already in touch with people who want to build free access journals. Lets focus on that task in a smaller, motivated group.


Hassainar Mankada Wed 8 Oct 2014 4:08PM



shirish Thu 9 Oct 2014 3:36PM

Have any translations been done to http://openaccessmanifesto.org/ ? One possible way would perhaps be to use web-based tools like transifex or do it via the .po files. Why don't use a session at Amrita to kickoff this there itself @praveenarimbrathod ?


Pirate Praveen Fri 10 Oct 2014 4:28PM

@shirish, we already did the Malayalam translation. It is just one single page that is not going to change ofter. So it is just a one time effort. All it needs is translation as a text file.


Pirate Praveen Tue 21 Oct 2014 5:53PM

Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers' prices http://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/apr/24/harvard-university-journal-publishers-prices


Ekbal Tue 28 Oct 2014 6:04AM

Welcome move.


Balasankar C Mon 3 Nov 2014 2:14PM

Are we also discussing about anonymously sharing the existing Journals also?