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Media and Internet

The Internet offers an unparalleled opportunity for generating and expanding the commons in many ways. The mass media, often relying on free use of the airwaves, is a powerful public resource that too often represents the views of a narrow strata of society. Thinking of communications itself as a commons opens up broad new possibilities for sharing of information and insight.

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July 22, 2014

Who Gets to Decide What a City Can Do with Broadband Internet?

Unfortunately, Congressional Republicans and some states want to control local affairs

Lelalnd Maschmeyer is a creative director in New York City and author of The Triumph of the Commons.

May 14, 2014

You No Longer Have to Own Everything You Use

Leland Maschmeyer on creativity, sharing and the 21st Century Economy

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May 4, 2014

How To Save Equal Access on the Internet

Publicly owned networks in cities across the US preserve net neutrality and provide quality service
April 13, 2014

Why Do I Work So Hard?

Two starkly different visions of life's meaning from a pair of car ads
February 9, 2014

A Whole World of Knowledge at Your Fingertips

The School of Open helps us navigate the immense resources of on-line learning
January 8, 2014

The Slow Unnatural Death of Our Personal Space

Deregulation brings us cramped airplane seats and increased TV ads
July 20, 2013

How to Create Wealth: Monetary, Spiritual or Psychic

Jonathan Rowe's brilliant meditation on the shared, non-commercialized realms of life
June 6, 2013

Why I No Longer Give Away My Music

How the digital music biz makes it difficult for musicians to offer free downloads