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Founder and President of Public Resource

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Wednesday Wed, 22 May 2019



Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Can India lead a global revolution in access to knowledge? In this talk, Carl Malamud
will discuss some efforts in India to take some small initial steps to change how we
access information. He will discuss public interest litigation in the Hon’ble High Court of
Delhi with two co-petitioners to make all Indian standards available.

In Bengaluru, the Indian Academy of Sciences has embarked on an ambitious program to digitize scientific literature, a program which will soon expand to other kinds of institutions in Chennai, Mangalore, and other locations, a program driven by a volunteer group known as the Servants of Knowledge. And, in Delhi, 750 terra bytes of disk is spinning at JNU and IIT Delhi, the beginnings of a research facility for big data and text mining as well as a distribution depot for moving content throughout India. Carl will explain who these components are part of his vision for what might become a Public Library of India, making available the vast treasures of knowledge of India to all.

The India collections Carl curates on the Internet Archive:



Carl Malamud

Founder and President of Public Resource

Carl Malamud is the founder and president of Public Resource, a US-based non-governmental organization. In 1993, Carl created the first radio station on the Internet and has been responsible for placing numerous government databases on the Internet for public access for the first time. He has been a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab and Japan’s Keio University and is the recipient of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award and the Berkman Award from Harvard University for “outstanding contributions to the Internet’s impact on society.” Carl is the author of 9 books. His ‘Rules for Radicals’ was an internet sensation.

The book Code Swaraj, is available in 10 languages (including Kannada): https://archive.org/details/CodeSwaraj