Democratisation and Access to Knowledge

What is it?

Democratisation of technology is instrumental to democratisation of knowledge itself. Professionals are no longer required for the sole purpose of the mass distribution of information and shaping of opinion. Open internet encyclopaedias now attract over 400 million users across the globe, communicating with them in over 270 languages.

Why is it important?

Activities such as collaborative citizen science are now feasible on an unprecedented scale. From a teaching perspective, tapping into a student's prior knowledge can unveil new highly effective teaching strategies, to facilitate a better educational experience.

What to do next?

To harness the democratisation of knowledge we need to create platforms that foster collaborative citizen science and services that can leverage distributed computing to support research. We must ensure ubiquitous access to the internet for our students and work to provide resources to academics to disseminate knowledge.