Safeguarding the Information Commons

| April 28, 2003

?For democracy to flourish, citizens need free and open access to ideas,? writes Nancy Kranich, senior research fellow at the Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP). ?In today?s digital age, this means access to knowledge, information, and ideas online.? Kranich, the former president of the American Library Association, heads FEPP?s project on the ?information commons??the collective body of knowledge that is freely available to everyone. Due to copyright laws that look out for corporate interests over the interests of the individual or society, the amount of information we are able to access is dwindling and the content that is available is subject to censorship, such as mandated filters installed on Internet access at public libraries. In conjunction with other online projects like the Creative Commons, FEPP is building a wealth of library collections and digital communities?free to the public, for posterity.

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