The Society for Knowledge Commons is a not for profit organisation, registered as a society under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860, and operating out of New Delhi, India. The Society was formed in 2007 by scientists, technologists, researchers, and activists to leverage the tremendous potential of the ‘collaborative innovation’ model for knowledge generation that has lead to the growth of the Free and Open Source Software community (FOSS) around the world.
Knowledge Commons aims to harness the FOSS model based on collaboration, community and the shared ownership of knowledge to address challenges faced by India in areas like education, the sciences and the arts, e-governance and other areas that impact our digital knowledge society.
The society is part of the broader umbrella movement working to advocate the use of FOSS solutions in India – known as the Free Software Movement of India.
Through our activities, we aim to encourage the use of scientific and technical knowledge to aid progress of the country’s people and to enable equitable development of the economy. We believe that knowledge being treated as a common good – as opposed to it being circumscribed by private rights (such as restrictive intellectual property protection) – has massive socio-economic and political benefits, not least the fact that this promotes public access to knowledge (and therefore a more informed, technically aware and capable citizenry).
Accordingly, we at the Society for Knowledge Commons have the following objectives:
Work within public policy making structures to modify policies so as to advance free and widespread dissemination of knowledge
Promote free and open source software – through policy interventions, campaigns and developing appropriate ecosystems
Work within designated public structures to encourage changes in educational curriculum in order to promote the use of free and open source software
Campaigns in institutions, such as schools, to promote use of free and open source systems of software
In order to further these objectives we engage in various activities such as:
Regular publications and research papers including in leading journals and newspapers;
Organisation of seminars, conferences and workshops with different stakeholders;
Collaboration with other organizations, both inside and outside the country, with similar objectives.
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The Society for Knowledge Commons is run on donations received from within India. We are yet to receive our Section 80G certification and so as of now, contributions are NOT tax exempted under the Income Tax Act, 1961.
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