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.
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.
An investigation of how university students in Brazil, India, South Africa, Russia, Poland, Argentina, Colombia, and the US get the materials they need for their educations. The project looks at the mix of student copying, database licensing, commercial markets, and government regulation that together define the 'ecology of access' to textbooks and other materials.
The American Assembly is the home of the new 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.
A forum for advancing evidence-based, public-interest intellectual property policies that balance the needs of creators and the public. The event brings together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers for four days of discussion, sharing, and planning.
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.
Oligrapher is a social network mapping tool designed to support the work of data journalists and other researchers who need to tell stories based on complex social network data. The Influence Mapping project supported the development of a standalone version that can be downloaded for use with 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 survey of 2300 Americans and 1000 Germans in August-September 2011.
The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, August 25-27, 2011, convened over 180 experts from 32 countries and six continents to help re-articulate the public interest dimension in intellectual property law and policy. The Washington Declaration is the result of that conversation.
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 study has been translated into four languages and is widely cited in debates about intellectual property protection, market structure, and development.
The Third Global Congress was held in Cape Town, South Africa, December 9-13, 2013. Over 250 researchers, practitioners, and policymakers discussed new work and policy developments around users' rights and development-centered IP policy. The event was held jointly with the capstone conference for the OpenAIR project, which brings together researcher on innovation policy in Africa.
A May 23 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 workshop brought together 35 publishers, librarians, and researchers to discuss the current landscape and legal challenges to expanding access to digital books.
The OSP Workshop & Hackathon was held June 6-7, Columbia University, at the Heyman Center for the Humanities and Studio@Butler. The event was the first all-hands gathering of the OSP community to discuss and address the next set of social, institutional, legal, and technical challenges for the OSP.
The Assembly organized a track on the policy implications of increasing drone use at the October 2013 Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference, focused on public safety and the emerging jurisdictional issues as local and federal agencies apportion the newly-used airspaces between street and sky.