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Knowledge is a Commons

Today, Sens public is publishing a manifesto for the creation and spreading of knowledge.

Breaking up with the current hegemonic practices, the text denounces the subjection of thinking to the hands of a few powerful actors—academic and industrial publishers, which control the majority of the editorial processes. Fluidity and multiplicity are praised, among other values, such as collaboration and open culture.

Some ideas:

The rules regulating our spaces of publication are currently established by academic institutions and private corporations.

There is no final version.

Let’s hack the monolithic author! Let’s hack the monolithic text!

Academic work can be conceived as a wiki; let’s share it.

Hackable knowledge requires open licenses and formats, conversational models, an ethics of open engagement, open peer-review and low-tech tools.


But why?

The autonomy of knowledge depends on it.