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Why you should be concerned about TTIP and Access to Medicines

February 17 2016. Both the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) are confronted with increasingly high medicine prices. European Member States are facing a looming access to medicines crisis as they struggle to afford new, patented, high-priced medicines.

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Posted in Europe, IP, knowledge commons, TTIP

The EU can take the lead for affordability, openness and accessibility

Below is a short summary of David Hammerstein’s talk at the event “Health for sale”, The Hague, February 6th, 2016 The present model of biomedical innovation is morally unacceptable because it cannot be universalized to permit affordable, effective and safe

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Posted in Data, Europe, IP, knowledge commons, TTIP

Stop Trade Secrets- A Dangerous EU Legislation Which Must Be Rejected

What is the problem? Trade secrets are everything companies keep secret to stay ahead of competitors. A secret recipe or manufacturing process, plans of a new product, prototypes… The theft of trade secrets can be a real problem for companies,

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Posted in Europe, IP, knowledge commons, TTIP

Images: Public Space in the Digital Age- October 1st European Parliament

On October 1st Commons Network in cooperation with the European Green Group and the Heinrich Böll Foundation held and expert meeting and pannel event at the European Parliament: Internet as a Commons. The event was both visionary and operation regarding

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Posted in Data, democracy, IP, knowledge commons

Internet as a Commons in the European Parliament

On the 1st of October The Commons Network, the Green Group  and the Heinrich Böll Foundation organised Internet as a Commons: Public Space in the Digital Age. We explored the need for a comprehensive new narrative for the Internet. A narrative that

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Posted in Data, democracy, IP, knowledge commons, Uncategorized

A Commons Approach to European Knowledge Policy

How can we address the high prices of medicines that are straining health budgets? How can openly sharing green knowledge help an agreement at the climate change talks in Paris this year? How could TTIP further privatize knowledge and what

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Posted in Climate, Data, democracy, Europe, IP, knowledge commons

End of Transparency: Paving the way for Trade Secrets in TTIP

June 15th, Brussels, in EUROPOLITICS: Fear struck communities in 2009 as the H1N1 influenza virus (commonly known as swine flu) erupted around the world. On the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which swiftly defined the outbreak as a pandemic,

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Posted in Data, democracy, Europe, IP, knowledge commons, TTIP

EU trade secrets directive threat to free speech, health, environment and worker mobility

  March 24 2015  A Broad public interest coalition issues a statement on the Trade Secrets Directive being dicussed in the European Parliament. As it stands the Directive threatens access to information in the areas of health and environment, and poses

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Posted in Data, Europe, IP, knowledge commons

TTIP van de IJsberg

March 5th, 2015   Krant over TTIP-vrijhandelsverdrag waarover wordt onderhandeld tussen de EU en de VS. De krant is gemaakt door mensen van het Platform Authentieke Journalistiek (PAJ) en globalinfo.nl, met steun en medewerking van talloze andere organisaties zoals SOMO, TNI, WEMOS,

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Posted in Europe, IP, TTIP

High priced hepatitis C treatments spark massive public outcry and political debate in Spain

January 15th 2014       In one of the the largest public health marches in Europe in decades thousands of hepatitis C patients and public health defenders marched through the streets of Madrid last Saturday to demand “treatments for

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Posted in Europe, IP, knowledge commons