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Investigators from University of Cape Town Release New Data on Information Technology

June 24, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Investigators publish new report on Information Technology. According to news originating from Cape Town, South Africa, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "This paper is located within global debates about intellectual property. International agencies, mindful that third world/developing world resources are being appropriated by global corporate bodies, seek to intervene to protect countries that are unable to fend off the often subtle alienation of their national and natural assets."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Cape Town, "In this context, the cultural and intellectual resources of countries, peoples, communities and other collectives have become the subject of policy regulation. This paper focuses on policies developed by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). WIPO attempts to protect Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCEs) (folklore) against misappropriation and misuse. In this paper, the question asked is whether it is possible or desirable to protect all types of TK and TCEs that are constituent elements of indigenous knowledge and uses the case of Cameroon to provide examples to assist with answering these questions. It is argued that in some cases, it may be both possible and desirable, but that in other cases, there are constraints, as knowledge is secret or sacred. When such knowledge is not in the public domain it cannot be protected."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Seeking to protect these types of expression and knowledge might, indeed, endanger them by removing them from the very context which provides their status as indigenous knowledge."

For more information on this research see: Traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions protections: prospects in Cameroon. Information Development, 2014;30(2):121-129. Information Development can be contacted at: Sage Publications Ltd, 1 Olivers Yard, 55 City Road, London EC1Y 1SP, England. (Sage Publications -; Information Development -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from C.A. Masango, University of Cape Town, Res Off, ZA-7700 Cape Town, South Africa.

Keywords for this news article include: Cape Town, South Africa, Information Technology

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