Access to Knowledge (A2K) refers to the right to access expressions of human inquiry, and the right to participate in the creation and manipulation of raw information, knowledge, and knowledge-embedded tools and services. The access to knowledge critical discourse revives attention to the value of openness, emphasizing the impact of knowledge policy on international development and civil liberties.
Access to Knowledge encompasses a host of policy issues, including patent and copyright policy, media openness, access to information and communication technologies, access to government information, open-access scholarship, spectrum allocation, interoperability standards, and the preservation of traditional knowledge. The goal of A2K-friendly policy is to encourage broader participation in cultural, civic, and educational affairs; expand the benefits of scientific and technological advancement; and promote innovation, development, and social progress around the world.
The ISP has been a major supporter of the Access to Knowledge movement, hosting events, producing scholarship, and leading a book series.