ESSAYS ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

Privatizing the University--the New Tragedy of the Commons

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Science  01 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5497, pp. 1701-1702
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5497.1701

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Teaching and research at universities is increasingly funded from private sources. In this essay, Brown highlights the problems associated with this approach and calls for a return to largely public funding. He argues that the public, rather than corporations or individual scientists or even secretive governments, should own the results.