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Law on Access to Free Knowledge Clears First Legislative Hurdle

In a preliminary discussion, the National Assembly approved on Monday the Law on Access to Free Knowledge that is aimed at establishing a technological platform that will allow all the research being done in Venezuela to be integrated.

During a plenary session in the National Assembly, Deputy Betty Cróquer reiterated the revolution’s support for this proposed law and emphasized that it would lead to increased development.
“Discussing knowledge is discussing freedom,” the parliamentarian said on stressing the values promoted by the bill, such as free access to knowledge through citizen participation.

The President of the National Assembly’s Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation, Deputy Guido Ochoa, explained that the platform would enable professors, IT experts and university students to access information from any institution that depends on state funds.

“This means that if you want information on work or a dissertation done in the University of Los Andes, for example, then you need only connect to their page, or the one that will be established, to find that information,” Ochoa said.

“This law stipulates that knowledge should serve the needs of the Venezuelan people.  It cannot be merchandise, but should be able to be access by all Venezuelans,” the committee president continued.

MinCi / Press – Venezuelan Embassy in the US / October 15, 2014

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