|The cigarette substitute PAIPO was intended|
as a healthy substitute -- but is the latest version
of the PAIPO draft healthy enough for Africa?
The attached paper is a publicly available draft of an official paper which was prepared for the competent Senegalese authorities before the CAMCOST held in Brazza on 12 to 16 November 2012. The text is in French.
Afro Leo is always happy to further the debate. He notes that there is a strong sentiment in some quarters that somehow the public domain can be "farmed" and a crop of innovations made to grow from it -- but it seems to him that there is little tangible evidence that this is so. Perhaps the best provable uses of the public domain are educational, and also in avoiding the wastage which occurs when resources are committed to the research, development and testing of technologies that are already known but weren't easily found.
What do readers think?
For some earlier Afro-IP posts on PAIPO click here, here and here