Diverse Challenges to A2K Activism: A Southern Perspective

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    I’m sorry, this post seems as if it’s written for A2K insiders. This blog’s readership is not exclusively comprised of such. You take it for granted, for example, that readers already know not only what “the FOSS movement” and “the seeds movement” are, but also something about their historical context. Would you kindly explain these, and any other inside references in your post? Though one bring much good will to the reading of it, in its current state it is too opaque to finish.

  2. H Sriyananda says:

    I would like to post a response to this, with cross-reference to the post on the plight of the garbage collectors in Cairo. By now, the rapid ‘changes’ that are taking place in Egypt is the centre of discussion worldwide, and the world seems to have almost forgotten the events of Tunisia. This is the nature of information in the new ‘information age’.

    This post does make some references to the situation in Sri Lanka today, and I am sure to that of many ‘developing’ countries, and it is remarkable that no one seems to draw parallels between what is happening in the middle east and what could happen in Asia, Latin America and Africa. This again is part of the nature of information, for information too is a commodity in today’s world. For any news to be worthwhile, it has to be of interest to those who can pay for it, otherwise it is not news, by definition. This is no different from the fact that research and development of a drug would only be attempted for ailments that afflict those whose who can pay for the resulting drug.

    If we are looking for remedies for this sort of situation, I think we need to be much more radical and look for totally new solutions. It is also remarkable that conferences discussing the issues pertaining to (say) the indegenous peoples of America (and of Asia too) are conducted in an atmosphere where the people concerned are unable to participate.

    We have forgotten about participatory democracy altogether and going after the mirage of representative democracy, where the ‘representatives’ very quickly are absorbed into the circle of the priveledged minority.

    One last comment of the rights for ‘indegenous’ knowledge. In the present commercial environment, the only two alternatives seem to be either to keep them secret, thus endagering their very existance over the years, or giving wide publicity and publication under the General Open Licencing regime, but this latter is not within the reach of many local communities.