Decidim Fest 2020
Democracy and Technology in times of Emergency
An outlaw technology to create information freedom in science
*video with English subtitles
(The debate will be in Russian with consecutive interpretation into Spanish)
Democracy is strongly intertwined to the idea of information freedom and information access rights. Today however most people who live in democratic countries are denied their right to access information in science. Academic journals have a price tag high enough to effectively prohibit their free circulation in society, or in other words, put them under censorship. A unique technology from Kazakhstan, developed in 2011, has put academic censorship to an end by opening free access to tens of millions academic journals. That is a website Sci-Hub that has 500,000 unique readers every day. Most people all over the world support Sci-Hub, but the website is outlaw in every country. How and why that happened?
Modera: Mariona Ciller, cofounder & codirector of Soko Tech.
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