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The cost of knowledge

By V Sasi Kumar

, subscription fees of scientific journalsWhy should research that is publicly-funded be cornered by journal publishers who charge steep subscription rates? Even Harvard University can no longer afford the $ 3.5 million it pays annually in subscription charges. V Sasi Kumar traces the history of the Open-Access movement that is sweeping the world.

Prof Winston Hide, professor of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the Harvard School of Public Health resigned recently (April 2012) from the editorial board of Genomics, a leading scientific journal in his subject.

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Books & Reports

How free are we?

From the jailing of a person for allegedly defaming an Indian historical figure online to blocking of popular adult site Savitabhabhi without granting the creators an opportunity to defend their right to free expression, there are increasing concerns over the government’s power to monitor, control and censor the communications sector. This is the India chapter of the recently-released ‘Freedom on the Net 2011’ report

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News Scan

Linguists find undocumented language in Arunachal

US researchers have identified a new language in a remote region in Arunachal Pradesh. The language is spoken by between 800 and 1,200 people in northeast India

A “hidden” language spoken by around 1,000 people has been discovered in the remote northeast corner of India by researchers who at first thought they were documenting a dialect of the Aka culture -- a local tribal community that subsists on farming and hunting.

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Analysis

Sarkar as censor

By Sarim Naved

The proposed Cinematograph Bill 2010 is geared to cracking down on piracy, but does little to protect freedom of expression, leaving the power to define public order, morality, decency and national interest to the executive wing of government at the centre rather than to people’s representatives, says Sarim Naved

The Cinematograph Act, which regulates cinema in India, is due for a change. Civil society has advocated change for a long time, with voices for and against liberalising (or even strengthening) the censorship regime in India.

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Backgrounders

The march of New Media, from ERNet to IPTV

By Sunil Saxena

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The Internet, mobile telephony and other new technologies have changed the way media organisations collect, present and disseminate news. They have also changed the definition of news and who controls it, and created new revenue models for media companies. Sunil Saxena traces the rise of 'new media'

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