The Knowledge Economies program works on the organization and regulation of the knowledge-based economy, in the US and around the world. The program includes projects on intellectual property policies, changing forms of cultural production, and the ongoing reorganization of the businesses and institutions that mediate access to knowledge.
Major projects include The Open Syllabus Project, which is building tools for mapping and understanding university curricula; The Takedown Project, which explores the regulation of online speech; and The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, an annual gathering of IP experts and stakeholders that the Assembly co-founded and co-organizes.
The American Assembly is the home of the Open Syllabus Project (OSP), an effort to build the first large-scale online database of university course syllabi as a platform for the development of new research, teaching, and administrative tools.
The home of an international network of scholars and activists working on the regulatory and policy environment around knowledge and information.
An effort to better understand how the ‘Notice and Takedown’ process mediates conflicts between Internet users, rights holders, and online service providers. Our empirical study of the issue was published in March 2016.
Media Piracy in Emerging Economies is the first independent, large-scale study of music, film and software piracy in emerging economies, with a focus on Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico and Bolivia.
Over 2,000 people participated in our 'Pol.is' online civic conversation in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This report unpacks the Bowling Green results and explains the methodology.
Oligrapher is a downloadable social network mapping tool designed to support the work of data journalists and other researchers who tell stories using complex social network data and any dataset.
A report exploring how the notice and takedown process became one of the principle mechanisms for regulating freedom of expression, and what it means when robots take over the job of mediating conflicts over online speech.
A comparative study of media consumption, media acquisition, and attitudes toward copyright enforcement, based on a 2011 survey of 2,300 US Americans and 1,000 Germans.
Media Piracy in Emerging Economies (Chinese edition) is the first large-scale comparative study of media markets, media piracy, and IP enforcement in the developing world.
Media Piracy in Emerging Economies is the first independent, large-scale study of music, film and software piracy in emerging economies, focusing on Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico and Bolivia.
The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest convened over 180 experts from 32 countries and 6 continents to help re-articulate the public interest dimension in intellectual property law and policy. The Washington Declaration is the result of that large-scale conversation.
Internt users' rights, open publication models, access to medicines, trade agreements, platform regulation, and other topics featured prominently at the Fifth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, September 27th-29th at American University in Washington DC.
On June 22nd-23rd, 2018, our partners at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro held a conference on access to knowledge, which doubled as a launch event for Shadow Libaries.
The three phases of the Civic Assembly, held between February 4th-10th, 2018, are an approach to helping communities by strengthening the feedback loops between citizens, civic groups, elected leaders, and local media.
This meeting held on October 20th, 2017, was an exploration of how the Open Syllabus Project might support the lifelong learning programs of public libraries.
A May 23rd, 2013, workshop on the future of the first sale doctrine in copyright law—the principle that underpins lending and rental models for copyrighted media, such as books and DVDs.
The Fourth Congress, held between between December 15th-17th, 2015, was hosted by the Center for Internet and Society in Delhi, India, with the goal of taking stock of "Three Decades of Openness; Two Decades of TRIPS," attracting over 400 researchers, activists, and practitioners.