Open Access Is a Human Rights Issue (Open Access Week, One Week Late)

Let’s not portray casual sharing as more heroic than it is, though. A network of friends with institutional connections is not a luxury that everyone has. Emailing papers doesn’t fix a system in which the most cutting-edge knowledge is only available to a few people. If anything, casual sharing of limited-access papers only underscores the problem: limiting access to research keeps knowledge away from people without the same connections and privileges.

Source: Open Access Is a Human Rights Issue | Electronic Frontier Foundation