Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
The author discusses open source, open content and open access under the heading of three principles ("the price of admission matters","penness has been traditionally supported by various forms of patronage," and "open alternatives to intellectual property regimes still operate") with the intent of identifying, and encouraging people to address, the common ground unifying these three movements: "a common commitment to a larger public sphere." Certainly, it is with respect to the promotion of the public good that i support all three, and in our own sphere, this common ground may be expressed as the committment public education. And indeed, it is in this committment where I find the major difference between myself and those advocating a privatized, commercial, user-pay approach to software, content and access.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada

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