TAs: The Normalization of Pay-to-Publish

Murray State University’s A.J. Boston, writing in C&RL News on so-called “transformative agreements” (TAs, aka read-and-publish deals): On balance, any upsides that TAs may present are negated by the normalization of paying-to-publish, posing huge problems for...

‘The Internet We Could Have Had’

Smart piece by Christopher Kelty: What is even weirder, and harder to explain, is that the internet we do have was caused by the internet we could have had. Elements of the figuration of that internet we could have had turned out to be motors of political domination....

‘How Africa is overcoming ‘knowledge colonialism’’

Reggie Raju and Auliya Badrudeen, writing for 360ino on “transformative” [sic] read-and-publish deals: The nation-wide agreements, conceived in the Global North, have shifted the prejudice from reading to publishing: communities can now read the research but cannot...

$29 Billion for OpenAI

Forbes: OpenAI—the artificial intelligence company behind the viral ChatGPT chatbot program—is in discussions to sell shares valuing the firm at $29 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal, after the launch of ChatGPT was lauded by many as a revolutionary...