Can Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Co-Exist with an Open Internet?
While digital tools and the internet have made it increasingly easier for communities to document stories and traditional knowledge collected to pass down from generation to generation, what special opportunities and challenges does an open internet bring? For example, Wikipedia, the world's largest free encyclopedia makes all of its content available under a Creative Commons license that also allows for commercial use. Is that appropriate for indigenous traditional knowledge from communities that have suffered countless examples of misappropriation of knowledge? But also the internet and digital archives can also ensure that this information is available for future generations.
Subhashish Panigrahi commented
This is indeed an extremely valuable discussion. When copyright and Creative Commons themselves are really complex, sharing indigenous knowledge with open licenses adds an extra layer of complexity to that. This complexity is very geographic and culture-specific and the risks of sharing indigenous knowledge in open licenses can be totally different in different communities. Would definitely love to be part of this discussion.