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White House Petition For Open Access To Research 60

Posted by samzenpus
from the show-your-work dept.
dstates writes "You paid for it, you should be able to read the results of publicly funded research. The National Institutes of Health have had a very successful open access mandate requiring that the results of federally funded biomedical research be published in open access journals. Now there is a White House petition to broaden this mandate. This is a jobs issue. Startups and midsize business need access to federally funded technology research. It is a health care issue, patients and community health providers need access, not a few scientists in well funded research institutes, and even wealthy institutions like Harvard are finding the prices of proprietary journals unsustainable."
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White House Petition For Open Access To Research

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  • Fuck these petitions (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Hatta (162192) on Monday May 21, 2012 @03:30PM (#40068341) Journal

    One of the highest ranked petitions on the site called on the President to advocate for the regulation of Cannabis [] in a manner similar to alcohol. The administrations response [] did not mention alcohol once. Further, it was written by the drug czar, who is legally required to oppose any measures that would legalize Cannabis.

    Don't think for a moment that anyone is listening to your petition. This is a marketing tool for the president to co-opt your issue. If he can respond to a few unimportant petitions, he gets to claim that he listens to "the people", while ignoring anything that's really important.

    For example, after the debacle I described above, someone created a petition for the president to take these petitions seriously. It got the requisite peitions and got a response []. They gave some examples of how the petitions influenced policy. Among them were banning puppy mills, digitizing federal records, and a "conversation" on online piracy. Not exactly heavy hitting issues here.

    "The People" have absolutely no say on anything that matters in this country. Fuck these petitions, and fuck this president.

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