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Access to Medicines: An Urgent Letter

Dec 1- 2017, Brussels. The negotiations between the EU and Mercosur countries are being finalised this week. The trade agreement’s provisions on intellectual property protection threaten to hurt access to medicines raising prices for millions of people. Commons Network has

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Posted in Europe, Health, IP, Medicine, Uncategorized

The European Commons Assembly and the Way Forward for the EU

The European Commons Assembly is about to start, this Wednesday in Madrid. In preparation, and to get into the spirit of the European Commons, this week we will publish articles and blogs from commoners all over Europe. To kick things

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Posted in Europe, Uncategorized, Urban Commons

Community Networks: Sharing Collective Connectivity For Everyone?

Can we see communication as a commons? Can citizens use community networks to become more autonomous? How is it going now? How can legislators like the EU support this? Commons Network is proud to organize a workshop on community networks

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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

Commons Network & UAEM OpenKnowledgeFest Fringe Event – Berlin

Can Open Knowledge Save Your Life?                                            On Friday July 18th we organised a meet-up at the Betahaus, taking the opportunity

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Will Juncker shine some sunlight on the EU-US Trade Negotiations? The Investor-to-State Dispute Mechanism

July 16th 2014. Incoming Commission President Juncker indicated in his inaugeration speech yesterday in the European Parliamenthe beliefs that without transparency the EU-US trade negotiations are doomed. Juncker also said he wants a balanced trade agreement where Europe’s safety, health, social and

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Can open knowledge save your life?

Building bridges between the open digital knowledge and access to medicines movements This Open Knowledge Fest Fringe event will take place at betahaus in Berlin At this meetup, hosted by the UAEM and the Commons Network, we will reflect on synergies

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BMJ reports on Commons Network TTIP paper

March 27,  British Medical Journal (BMJ) reports on Commons Network TTIP paper: 'Trade talks between US and EU could increase cost of drugs, new report says.' http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g2402 Snip: '' Ongoing free trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States will lead

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Posted in Europe, IP, Uncategorized

Trading away Europe

March 21, 2014 Negotiating on trade issues must be exciting. Apart from the long hours spend on detailed boring issues; it’s about power, about giving and taking. One needs to be smart and knowledgeable on issues, bluff at times and not give away all

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