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Access to Knowledge for Development Center at The American University of Cairo
Access to Knowledge, or A2K, refers to the right to receive, but also to participate in the creation, manipulation and extension of information, tools, inventions, literature, scholarship, art, popular media and other expressions of human inquiry and understanding. The access to knowledge discourse promotes a critical perspective on the maximalist trend of intellectual property and revives attention to the virtues of openness in knowledge. Access to knowledge represents a way to unlock trapped economic value, which will inevitably lead to new and expanded business opportunities, where both equity and efficiency can be improved by expanding distribution of knowledge goods and tools. Access to knowledge is a demand for democratic participation, for global inclusion and for economic justice.

Annenberg Innovation Lab
The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California is an active player in the digital media revolution across many fronts. The school has been the pioneer in research in social networks and online communities. Its faculty, students, associated research and training centers are developing new kinds of content, applications, services and business models. They are pushing the boundaries of knowledge with research on the ways that communications technology is used and how it is changing all forms of human interactions. The Innovation Lab is a vehicle for an ongoing knowledge exchange with public institutions and private sector firms that are on the front lines of technological change in communications. In consultation with a consortium of sponsors the Lab develops projects designed for practical application and social impact, and it offers its sponsors the opportunity to bring those projects to market.

The Arab Digital Expression Foundation
The Arab Digital Expression Foundation is a non-governmental regional platform for youth from the Arab region to use digital tools and new media to express themselves in an open and constructive environment. Its mission is to organize a set of activities revolving around the use of open-source based Information and Communication Technologies and the belief in self-expression and knowledge-sharing, targeting both young professionals (men and women) and youngsters (girls and boys) from across the region. ADEF creates experiences that enhance self-exploration, creative self-expression, critical thinking and acceptance of diversity for youth in the region. It also caters to an evolving shared new Arab identity and culture that is the product of the ICTs bridging divides.

Egypt's National Committee to Document the 25th January Revolution
Egypt's national archives has organized a Committee to Document the 25th January Revolution. This unique new project documents the country's dramatic political and social upheaval this year and make it available for generations of Egyptians to come. Staffed by volunteers and drawing on everything from official records and insurrectionary pamphlets to multimedia footage and updates on Twitter and Facebook, the project aims.

The Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab
The Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab is the first university space to pursue the exploration of the interpretation of computer source code using the methodologies of Critical Code Studies. Based at the University of Southern California, the HaCCS Lab will promote the development of critical vocabulary, case studies, and cross-disciplinary dialogue, specifically between the humanities and computer science. According to the essay that initiated the field, Critical Code Studies is the application of humanities hermeneutics to the interpretation of the extra-functional significance of computer source code. Examining digital objects by beginning at the source code, Critical Code Studies explores the rhetoric, material history, style, and culture of code — aspects that have previously been only marginally discussed in computer science courses and scholarship. In this way, CCS offers to bridge computer science with scholars in the areas of letters by opening up discussions about the implications of the source code that directs so much of contemporary life. CCS extends the pursuit of code analysis beyond what the code does to ask what the particular configuration of signs means for the culture at large.


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