November 5 — We are expanding our work at Public Citizen to advance the open knowledge economy; a vision of the commons to support open access to educational materials, open data for innovation, clean technology transfer as a tool to combat climate change and access to the benefits of science and the arts for all.
Today the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was published — all 6,194 pages of it. We stand for privacy and the protection of people’s data against an overreach by the information technology companies.
The core of our programming continues to be improving access to affordable medicines. Years of work among partners in many countries forced the U.S. government to compromise in favor of public health in order to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in Atlanta last month, much to the chagrin of the pharmaceutical giants. This is likely to save many lives. Read and watch more in The New York Times, The Washington Post, at WikiLeaks, on Democracy Now! and on our access program‘s web site. Public Citizen recently published this short profile of our program’s work.
Our indie rock quintet Notaries Public has our next show December 4 at Treehouse Lounge in northeast DC. I have a solo show at Bump & Grind in Silver Spring, Maryland December 5th. Our songs “Meet Me in the Middle” and “Star Field Below” are available for download on Bandcamp.
Join Foday Mansaray and the stone mining kids of the Borbor Pain Charity School of Hope as we put Ebola behind and work to provide education for all. See also this letter in The Washington Post from my father, who served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Sierra Leone, critiquing the US government’s missed opportunities controlling the virus in West Africa.