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A2K4: Conference on Access to Knowledge and Human Rights
Yale Law School
February 11-13, 2010

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Access to knowledge (A2K) is about designing intellectual property laws,
telecommunication policies, and technical architectures that encourage
broader participation in cultural, civic, and educational affairs; expand
the benefits of scientific and technological advancement; and promote
innovation, development, and social progress across the globe.

The Information Society Project at Yale Law School has already hosted three
major conferences on access to knowledge. These helped to lay intellectual
groundwork for theorizing A2K as a framework for public policy and to
consolidate a broad international A2K movement.

This year, we will again host a major A2K conference, but with a more
specialized theme: the intersection between access to knowledge and human

The right to take part in cultural life, to share in scientific progress,
the rights to education, health care, and food: all are impacted by policies
and movements around intellectual property and Internet freedom.

This conference seeks to lay the groundwork – conceptual and strategic – to
build bridges between the A2K and human rights communities pursuing common
goals of promoting greater access to knowledge, culture, technology and
tools for innovation worldwide.

The two-day conference will feature a diverse range of academics and
practitioners in plenary panels on topics including Access to Knowledge and
International Human Rights, Technologies of Dissent, The Right to Culture
and Science, and Digital Education and The Right to Learn.

The conference will also include breakout sessions of working groups
organized around specific issue areas such as: climate change, gender
equality, Internet freedom, food security, access to medicines or other
topics, depending on the interests of attendees and partner organizations.

The conference is being hosted by the Yale Information Society Project, an
intellectual center examining the implications of the Internet and new
information technologies for law and society.  More information can be found
at http://yaleisp.org/2009/11/a2k4/.