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Copyright? Copyleft? Why does it matter? An interview with Heather Ford

By Mavic Cabrera-Balleza

GenderIt writer Mavic Cabrera-Balleza interviewed Heather Ford, Founder of the African Commons Project, a South African NGO with the goal of mobilizing communities through active participation in collaborative technology. Ford has worked in the fields of internet policy, law and management in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. She sheds light on some of these issues.

Challenges of communal copyright: Traditional and indigenous knowledge

By Sonia Randhawa

Copyright and patents legislation has spread rapidly over the past century. This has a particular impact on indigenous women and the holders of traditional knowledge, as copyright ignores the possibility that knowledge can be held communally and has definitions of knowledge that exclude information held in a spiritual context. In this article, GenderIT writer Sonia Randhawa examines how women's lives in traditional and indigenous societies have been affected by the spread of copyright.

Gender Assessments and Research

Gender dimensions of intellectual property and traditional medical knowledge

By H. Gibb

This paper examines the discussion on intellectual property rights (IP) for traditional knowledge (TK) in medicine from a gender perspective. It argues that a gender analysis of these issues adds to the understanding of how trade decisions can have important and unintended impacts on the lives of disempowered people.

Case Studies

Women in Sync: Acting Locally, Connecting Globally (Toolkit 3)

By Writers: Nani Buntarian, Cheekay Cinco, Karin Delgadillo, Dorothy Okello, Dafne Sabanes Plou, Chat Garcia Ramilo, Sonia Jaffe Robbins, Marie-Helene Mottin Sylla, the Women’sNet Team

Connecting Locally, Acting Globally is the third volume of Women in Sync. Women from diverse geographies and cultures tell how their communities are defining the Internet, and how they are themselves redefined by the experience. The telling comes in different tones: some voices were are terse, some verbosevoluble, and some quietly passionate. But all are, in the end, inspiring.<br />