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Source Code, Cybersecurity, and Trade

By Burcu Kilic and Renata Avila

The issue of source code access has recently became a contested topic in trade agreements. Since the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, trade agreements have come to include provisions that restrict access to source code. In the near future, software will become even more ubiquitous while the need to use, adapt, and galvanize software against attacks cannot be satisfied without openness. We must revisit the global norms governing software disclosure and demand to regularize openness.

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Burcu Kilic directs Public Citizen’s Digital Rights Program and is a research director for Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines