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Chisomo Kalinga, PhD
More Africans scholars than I care to count have confided in me that they no longer read papers at international conferences due to the number of ideas that get jacked by N. American/European scholars. And then they get massive funding grants to do that work in their countries.
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Chisomo Kalinga, PhD Aug 9
Replying to @MissChisomo
Let me tell you from personal experience... this is not an anomaly. It has happened to me and people very close to me. Someone has even won a prestigious award off of work that was entirely designed, implemented and conducted by a relation of mine.
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Lydia Gibson Aug 9
Replying to @MissChisomo
One academic didn’t even wait until after the conference - she put a theoretical concept that I had presented in her talk the next day. Uncredited. After inviting me to come to her panel. The unfettered access to black bodies and minds to which they’ve become accustomed...
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Chisomo Kalinga, PhD Aug 9
Replying to @personwatcher
This is a new low!
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Eugene Ohu Aug 11
Replying to @MissChisomo
Permit me to disagree. Ideas have a life span and there are very few unique ones. Any second lost, that idea gets implemented by someone else. Africans hv to compete on the world stage & keep presenting. We can’t back away cos we hv a unique story. Resources are scarce but well..
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Chisomo Kalinga, PhD Aug 11
Replying to @eugeneohu
I get that. Withholding is not necessarily the best response but rather people feel defenceless against the financial might of high profile scholars and funding bodies. And also this is not just ideas but actual conducted research and findings.
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Chisomo Kalinga, PhD Aug 11
Replying to @eugeneohu
The stories people are sharing are not just about ideas but completed research projects and dissemination of findings. They publish them in local African journals or present at conferences. Et voila, Prof X from USA gets a Mellon grant investigating the same work. It's unethical.
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MokeG Aug 9
Replying to @MissChisomo
Grey area!
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Chisomo Kalinga, PhD Aug 9
Replying to @EnjaMeda
Only to the idea jackers.
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MokeG Aug 9
Replying to @MissChisomo
Every time I claim my idea has been stolen, my boss said to me 'you overestimate your own judgement where is your proof?'
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Chisomo Kalinga, PhD Aug 9
Replying to @EnjaMeda
I don't think to healthy for a boss to immediately second guess your judgement without further inquiry. As you imply this has happened to you before and his/her response is constant, I wouldn't be surprised if yor boss often passes your ideas off as his/her own.
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MokeG Aug 11
Replying to @MissChisomo
As her/his own I don't mind, s/he will have the usual position in our publication. Misdirected to my colleagues is my problem. My field, structural biology, is very disciplined. I could go through African author names in PDB. Many seems to be pushed into the middle of the list.
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⚫ Eliza RoboSossidge SawneyShine - GR Clan Aug 9
Replying to @MissChisomo
Honestly, I wouldn't mind giving away ideas if I thought the right people would work on them. I'd open source that shit. It's the people who take them, monetise them and limit the access to others that make me grind my teeth. Anything I create I want to benefit everyone.
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⚫ Eliza RoboSossidge SawneyShine - GR Clan Aug 9
Replying to @MissChisomo
The greed of some people just staggers me. The fact that insulin is now hundreds of dollars in America after the patent was made free... How much protection do we have to put on an idea to ensure that arseholes don't exploit it? Watching people die of greed. I really despair.
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Chisomo Kalinga, PhD Aug 9
Replying to @NyoEi
They key word there is exploitation. In every way, I'm all for free exchange of knowledge but people have no shame riding into the sunset with other people's work and not giving them any credit. I REALLY DESPAIR! It's awful.
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⚫ Eliza RoboSossidge SawneyShine - GR Clan Aug 9
Replying to @MissChisomo
I fully intend patenting anything I do of any significance before open sourcing it. I don't want money. I actually want people to use some of the things I want to work on, but I want it to be free for anyone to use and build upon. Life changing technology should be open source.
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⚫ Eliza RoboSossidge SawneyShine - GR Clan Aug 9
Replying to @MissChisomo
I think I need to take the time to make absolutely sure that I protect my intellectual property enough that I can give it away. I don't want to see a company exploiting it down the line. It needs to be out there and free. It would destroy me to see it sold at a profit.
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Owiso Owiso Aug 9
Replying to @MissChisomo
As a naïve student I once had an idea for a specific country study. Ran it by my professor (also a practitioner) for thoughts in essay form. Next thing, fellow had secured funding to implement in the specific country and was recruiting my classmate/friend as research assistant 🤦🏿‍♂️
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Owiso Owiso Aug 9
Replying to @MissChisomo
He gave me comments and I was in the process of fine-tuning it and intended to request if we could collaborate since he’s way senior and has the right connections to get funding and all. Got me really salty, but I moved on...with a bitter lesson.
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Chisomo Kalinga, PhD Aug 9
Replying to @O_Owiso
You weren't naive. That was yor supervisor and he exploited you. That's so awful!
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Mona Hakimi Aug 9
Replying to @MissChisomo
Ahhhh! The politics of knowledge production and the continual extraction of data, ideas, realities, resources from the global south by "well-meaning" academics in the global north angers me. This neocolonial dynamic is often unseen and unspoken. Thank you for speaking about it.
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Chisomo Kalinga, PhD Aug 9
Replying to @mona__hakimi
Thank you for sharing this perspective. It hits very close to home for me.
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