Open AIR Videos

Prof. Chidi Oguamanam, University of Ottawa.
Prof. Chidi Oguamanam, University of Ottawa.

CAAS Conference 2016

Open AIR Steering Committee member Prof. Chidi Oguamanam of the University of Ottawa delivers a video message, outlining Open AIR’s aims and objectives, to the 2016 conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) hosted 1-3 June by the University of Calgary.


Prof. Janewa Osei-Tutu (J.D., LL.M), Associate Professor of Law at Florida International University,
Prof. Janewa Osei-Tutu (J.D., LL.M), Associate Professor of Law at Florida International University,

Redefining Intellectual Property Progress

Prof. Janewa Osei-Tutu, Associate Professor of Law at Florida International University, speaks on 9 February 2016 at the University of Ottawa on “Redefining Intellectual Property Progress”, as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series of Open AIR and the uOttawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society. Her presentation argued for the use of human development as a metric for intellectual property policy in African countries.


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Knowledge and Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future

This Open AIR video provides an introduction to the three scenarios for the future of knowledge and innovation in Africa that were developed by the network’s researchers and outlined in more detail in the 2013 book Knowledge and Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future (Cape Town: Open AIR). (Video duration: 9:21.) The three scenarios, for realities on the continent in the year 2035, are entitled: (1) Wireless Engagement; (2) Informal –  the New Normal; and (3) Sincerely Africa.


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Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa

This video outlines the contents of Open AIR’s 2014 book of research case studies, Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa (Cape Town: UCT Press). The case studies examined the knowledge governance practices of innovators in Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa engaged in a variety of sectors including music, leather goods, textiles, cocoa, coffee, auto parts, traditional medicine, scholarly writing and biofuels. (Video duration: 13:13.)


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Prof. Enyinna Nwauche, University of Botswana.

Communities and Intellectual Property (IP) in Africa: Ownership, Openness and Collaboration

This is a keynote presentation by Prof. Enyinna Nwauche to the Cape Town 2013 combined 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest and Open AIR Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa.  Nwauche, from the University of Botswana, addresses the topic of “Communities and Intellectual Property (IP) in Africa: Ownership, Openness and Collaboration”. He examines the nature and autonomy of  IP communities in Africa, and how their understandings, protocols, and rules are evaluated and relate to state law. Videos clips of all the keynote presentations and plenary sessions of the Cape Town 2013 Congress and Conference, which was hosted by Open AIR,  are available on our Afrinnovation YouTube channel.


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Prof. Chidi Oguamanam, University of Ottawa.

IP “Periphery” and IP “Core”: Knowledge in the (Dis)service of Public Interest

This is a keynote presentation by Prof. Chidi Oguamanam to the Cape Town 2013 combined  3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest and Open AIR Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa.  Oguamanam, from the University of Ottawa, addresses the topic of “IP ‘Periphery’ and IP ‘Core’: Knowledge in the (Dis)service of Public Interest”.  He argues that in recent decades, intellectual property (IP) protection has been on steroids, drawing in any and every subject matter; shrinking flexibilities and exceptions to the point of asphyxiation of the public interest. In this moment of forced soul-searching, the IP periphery confronts the IP core, redirecting attention to collaborative knowledge production, to put the public interest back into IP.


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Africa & Appropriate Technologies

3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest and Open AIR Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa. Fernando dos Santos addresses the conference on Africa & Appropriate Technologies.


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IP & Public Interest in North Africa

3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest and Open AIR Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa. Prof. Nagla Rizk talks on IP and Public Interest in North Africa.


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IP Rights & African Innovation Paradox

3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest and Open AIR Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa. Ruth Okediji from the University of Minesota talks on IP Rights and African Innovation Paradox.


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IP & Public Interest Global Congress Opens

3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest and Open AIR Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa. Dr. Tobias Schonwetter, Director of the IP Unit at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law, opens the proceedings.


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Building the Network

Building the Open A.I.R. Network, looks at the origins and objectives of the project.


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Training and Outreach

Prof. Jeremy de Beer of the University of Ottawa on Open AIR’s approach to training and outreach — via interactions with African innovators, entrepreneurs and policymakers.


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Building on ACA2K

Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Tobias Schonwetter of the University of Cape Town on the Open AIR project’s origins in, and building on, the previous African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) Project.


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New IP Perspectives

Ethiopia Team member Wondwossen Belete, of the Society for Technology Studies (STS) in Addis Ababa, on how Open AIR is providing new perspectives.


Mapping IP Realities

Open AIR Co-Principal Investigator Prof. Jeremy de Beer of the University of Ottawa on the network’s efforts to map both current and future African intellectual property (IP) realities.