IBM, universities, and openness

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I recommend you look at the article in today’s New York Times called “I.B.M. and Universities Plan Collaboration.” It begins:

I.B.M. and seven universities have agreed to embark on a series of collaborative software research projects and to make the results of the work in fields like privacy, security and medical decision-making freely available.

The initiative, which I.B.M. is expected to announce today, is a break with the usual pattern of corporate-sponsored research at universities that typically involves lengthy negotiations over intellectual property rights.

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