Prabhala in 2009
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Achal Prabhala is an Indian researcher, activist and writer based in Bangalore, Karnataka. He works on intellectual property rights in relation to medicine and knowledge. Prabhala is a member of the Advisory board of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Prabhala lives in Bangalore, India.1 He has studied economics and public policy management at Middlebury College and then at Yale University,2 where he contributed articles to Yale Daily News, the student newspaper.
Prabhala researches intellectual property in connection to medicines and knowledge. In 2005, he coauthored a report on copyright issues and access to learning in South Africa for ICTSD and UNCTAD3 and oversaw the Access to learning materials in South Africa project from 2004–05.45
In 2007, in an opinion article in the Times of India, Prabhala alleged that the Mashelkar committee, a patent review committee set up by the Indian government, had copied verbatim a part of the submission made by Shamnad Basheer, whose own research had been supported by a consortium of multinational firms.6 The report was later withdrawn by the committee.7
Funded by a Wikimedia foundation grant, Prabhala, along with Priya Sen and Zen Marie, produced the film People are Knowledge. The film explores how alternate methods of citation could be employed on Wikipedia.8
- Access to knowledge in Africa (2010) with C. Armstrong, J. De Beer, D. Kawooya and T. Schonwetter.
- The best of Quest (2011) with Laeeq Futehally and Arshia Sattar.
- Civil Lines 6 (2011) with Mukul Kesavan and Kai Friese.
- "One among the clan of Wikipedians". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 27 January 2011.
- "Report of a ''Workshop on Developing Local Productive and Supply Capacity in the Pharmaceutical Sector'', p. 18". Google. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- ''Digital decision making: back to the future'' by Ray Corrigan, p. 288. Google Books. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- Chris Armstrong, Jeremy De Beer, Dick Kawooya, Achal Prabhala, T. Schonwetter, ed. (2010). Access to knowledge in Africa: the role of copyright. UCT Press. pp. 9–. ISBN 978-1-919895-45-1. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
- Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Pedro Roffe, ed. (1 January 2009). Intellectual property and sustainable development: development agendas in a changing world. Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 10–. ISBN 978-1-84844-645-8. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
- "Patent Wrong". The Times Of India.
- "Mashelkar takes back report after plagiarism row". The Times Of India.
- Noam Cohen (7 August 2011). "When Knowledge Isn’t Written, Does It Still Count?". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- Slow Motion: Stories About Walking – Andie Miller – Google Llibres. Google Books. 31 October 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright – Chris Armstrong, Jeremy De Beer, Dick Kawooya – Google Llibres. Google Books. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- "Advisory Board : Achal Prabhala".
- "The Centre for Internet & Society".
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