The Nobel Prize and accessibility

The Nobel Prize for physics and chemistry were awarded this week.

I came across this excellent article that asks a very pertinent question – if the Nobel Prize is awarded for work done for the betterment of mankind, shouldn’t the knowledge be freely available?

Open access to knowledge and information is an increasingly necessary issue that everyone needs to care about. As the Internet spreads, the barriers to accessing ever increasing amounts of information are coming down. Yet, much of the credible information is unavailable to the public, and individuals sometimes take extreme actions, such as Aaron Swartz.

What are your thoughts on open access to knowledge and information?