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Write Now! Presents: D.A. Lockhart
September 29, 2021
Open Access Policy Town Hall
September 30, 2021
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October 2, 2021
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October 5, 2021
Open Access Policy Town Hall
October 5, 2021

The Right to Repair: Struggles Over Digital Tools and...

Thursday, October 7, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom Webinar

"The Right to Repair: Struggles Over Digital Tools and Consumer Rights"

Featuring Frank Pasquale, Steven J. Jackson and Alissa Centivany.


Why has it become so difficult to fix our things? How are economic, environmental, and social factors affected when repair is rendered unavailable, unappealing, or impossible? What would robust and comprehensive provisions supporting repair look like, and how would such protections help our wallets, our planet, and our sense of self?

The fourth event in our series examines the challenges and opportunities situated around the burgeoning right to repair movement. The benefits of repair are clear: it increases economic efficiencies by fostering the growth of secondary markets and support for local skilled repair workers; it reduces the damage caused to the environmental and the toll imposed on human health and welfare wrought by our culture of consumption and waste; and it fosters positive traits like curiosity, learning, problem-solving, and creativity. Despite these and other benefits, repair is increasingly under threat: technology design is guided by interests that are ambivalent toward, antagonistic to, or fundamentally incompatible with repair; profit-driven businesses prioritize replacement sales over repair and create disincentives that make repair inconvenient, unappealing, and expensive; intellectual property and other laws and policies throttle activities that have, for decades or more, been commonplace and perfectly reasonable expectations concomitant with ownership and use. Impediments to repair affect virtually all industries and sectors: agriculture, health care, defense, consumer goods. The economic, environmental, and social consequences are profound and dire.

Big Data at the Margins is funded with the assistance of the Faculty of Information & Media Studies, Western Research, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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