Open Science vs. Intellectual Property in a Democratic Order

Sesto Congresso Mondiale sulla Libertà di Ricerca Scientifica organizzato dall’Associazione Luca Coscioni e da Science for Democracy presso l’Unione Africana ad Addis Abeba il 25 e 26 febbraio 2020

The evaluation of scientific research is based on data protected by secrecy and intellectual property (e.g., Elsevier Scopus or Clarivate Web of Science). While science has progressed thanks to public dialogue, the current evaluation system is centered on private control of information. This represents a fundamental shift from democratic to authoritarian science. Open Science may confront this change only if it is accepted as the heir, in the digital age, of the values and principles that public and democratic science has traditionally fostered in the age of printing, thus becoming the guardian of a democratic society.