A critical look at the open science commons (part 1) | ECC 2013 – Communication Platform
"This first part is an introduction to a book about Open Source in Genomics, not only the diybio movement but more in general how open science culture and practices interact with today’s innovation and market system. Alessandro Delfanti’s central thesis, see the excerpt on Open Science Politics in part 2 tomorrow, is that 'openness' also means: open to new forms of capitalist appropriation. The publisher summarizes Alessandro Delfanti’s book: 'Biohackers explores fundamental changes occuring in the circulation and ownership of scientific information. Alessandro Delfanti argues that the combination of the ethos of 20th century science, the hacker movement and the free software movement is producing an open science culture which redefines the relationship between researchers, scientific institutions and commercial companies. Biohackers looks at the emergence of the citizen biology community ‘DIYbio’, the shift to open access by the American biologist Craig Venter and the rebellion of the Italian virologist Ilaria Capua against WHO data-sharing policies. Delfanti argues that these biologists and many others are involved in a transformation of both life sciences and information systems, using open access tools and claiming independence from both academic and corporate institutions ..."