Open Letter on Sustainable Development Goals, Research and Higher Education

Project SOHA, Google Docs, Jul 10, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Here's a question. If you have stated explicitly in a United Nations document that you support "inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all" do you need to add "notably through open educational resources and open access to scientific and technical information"? And if you support "resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation," do you need to add "socially responsible technological and social innovation and research capacity with affordable access to the Internet for all"? Let me note: I support the content of both additions. But are they necessary? It could be argued that they restrict the application of the principles to only open access and internet for all. Maybe it should be? Or maybe not.

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