Whose property? A discussion on IP, labor, and technology (RSVP)
What intellectual property (IP) rights can workers gain through union contract negotiations? And can the recent wave of labor organizing among graduate and tech workers create new possibilities for transforming the current system of intellectual property?

The modern intellectual property regime has become a pillar of the global economic system, with far-reaching—if often invisible—consequences in our day-to-day lives. Yet from the free software and right to repair movements, to the campaigns for equitable access to HIV and Covid-19 treatments, many have pushed back against the ever-expanding commodification of knowledge, information, and technology.

As scientists, engineers and tech workers, our work is entangled with the production of IP. To fully understand our position, we must ask: Whose labor contributes to this work, who owns it, and who gets to enjoy its benefits? What is the effect of IP on innovation, economic development, and global inequalities? And how does the IP system impact our working conditions, and our power as workers?

Saturday 4/8 at 2pm ET, join professor of public policy Shobita Parthasarathy and Justice is Global to discuss the history of movements that have challenged the IP regime, the impact of IP in the ongoing global health and climate crises, and the interests of workers in advancing a new vision for intellectual production.
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