The Open Revolution: Rewriting the rules of the information age

The Open Revolution: Rewriting the rules of the information age

By Rufus Pollock
Book Description

Forget everything you think you know about the digital age. It’s not about privacy, surveillance, AI or blockchain—it’s about ownership. Because, in a digital age, who owns information controls the future.

In this urgent and provocative book, Rufus Pollock shows how today’s "Closed" digital economy is the source of problems ranging from growing inequality, to unaffordable medicines, to the power of a handful of tech monopolies to control how we think and vote. He proposes a solution that charts a path to a more equitable, innovative and profitable future for all.

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Table of Contents
  • Prologue: Monopolies of Attention
    • Platform effects
    • Costless copying
    • “Intellectual property” rights
    • Old Rules in a New World
  • An Open World
  • Defining Information and Openness
    • What is Information?
    • What is Openness? Freedom to use, build on and share
    • Attribution, Integrity and Share-Alike
  • Patents and Copyright as “Intellectual Property”
  • Face to Face with Power
  • Triumph over Closed Minds: The Internet
  • Music to our Ears
    • Do we need an Open model? Isn’t Spotify sufficient?
  • How the Secret of Life Almost Stayed Secret
    • The Secret of Life
    • Reading the Code
    • Of Worms and Men
    • A Wellcome Arrival
    • The Risks of Delay: the Saga of BRCA2
    • Back to the Genome
    • Was Open Better?
  • Meet Jamie Love
  • Openness: The Best Medicine
  • Making an Open World
    • Remuneration rights in place of monopoly rights
    • Are remuneration rights feasible?
    • Remuneration rights are technically feasible
      • We already determine who owns innovations
      • We already share rights between multiple innovators
      • We can distribute funds between holders of remunerations rights
      • We can evaluate how much should be spent on each kind of information
    • Remuneration rights are politically feasible
      • Sustainable funding can be ensured, nationally and globally
      • Remuneration rights are compatible with national and international laws
      • We can make a successful transition to an Open model with remuneration rights
  • Help us Make it Happen
  • Coda: The Original Copyfight
  • Acknowledgements
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