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Open as a Tool to Change Ecosystems

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Openness can be used strategically to alter the status quo, disrupt ecosystems and technology incumbents, but there are questions as to the effectiveness, extent, timing and impact of open strategies. This session will look into how open technologies have changed ecosystems drawing on case studies in several sectors and also examine how emerging technologies such as the blockchain can themselves change modes and strategies for openness.

Readings and links to the online papers and group annotations will be distributed by email, please contact synbio@hermes.cam.ac.uk to sign up for the whole series or individual sessions. It is strongly recommended that papers are read in advance of the meetings.

ABOUT : The guiding question of our research group will be the extent to which open technologies result in equitable sharing of knowledge and cognitive or technology justice. ‘Open’ IP describes a range of approaches to knowledge production, distribution and consumption that allow more or different actors to participate in producing and benefit from technologies. The global shift to knowledge-based economies and increasingly rapid pace of technological advancement means that the question of how society deals with intellectual property (IP) and structures institutions and communities to manage and disseminate knowledge is critically important to our future. Our choices will reflect and shape our societal values, practices and culture. Advocates of open and collaborative approaches point to evidence of real social impact from but there is little published evidence and any effects are heavily context dependent.

This talk is part of the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative series.

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