We Need More, Not Fewer, Collaborations With Tech Companies

Mary L. Gray, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Jul 27, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The reasoning here is that since resources for research are so limited, it makes sense for academia to partner with business, and if there are problems with the relationship (as there most certainly are) then the focus should be on making it work better, not on ending it. "We can’t blame scholars, particularly early in their careers, for seeking out the best resources and access to this data to do their work. The question shouldn’t be how to avoid working with tech companies; the question should be how best to ensure that collaborations between tech and social research." Other countries, however (those Umair Haque would say have public goods) would ensure there is public financing and support for research in the public interest, not merely for private gain.

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