Indigenous Knowledge for Sale

One of the most common ways in which the value of something is assessed is how much someone is prepared to pay for it. This is sometimes described as the Price-Value Bias, the more we pay for something the more we assume it’s actual value or worth. Indigenous peoples of course have operated on a quite different mindset for the majority of their history. Something’s worth would generally be assessed primarily in terms of its practical or symbolic benefits to ...

Top Story of 2013: The Struggle to Control Knowledge

The top news stories of any year often spotlight knowledge – new discoveries, for instance, or technological achievements.  In 2013, however, I’d say that some of the biggest debates centred on control of knowledge.  Are all means to gain knowledge ethically acceptable?  Who are the appropriate gatekeepers for access to knowledge, and how fierce is the fence they erect?  Who gains and controls the benefits that come from knowledge?  Who owns knowledge? Probably the hottest controversy has flared up over government ...