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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.

July 26, 2005

More Baloney from Your "Hometown" Broadcaster

No there there. The alarming decline of local news.
July 18, 2005

The Wiki Explosion

The wiki explosion frees knowledge and makes it available to people who want it – a revolution in information.
July 1, 2005

Municipal WiFi: It Started on the Farm

Wifi as an example of great old American populism, which drives the telecom companies crazy.
June 27, 2005

A Disappointing Day for the Internet Commons

A disappointing day for the internet and the commons. The U.S. Supreme Court allows big firms to control our access to the internet.
June 2, 2005

The Bombast Tax

Fox News proclaims it is independent, and PBS is a subsidized source of left-wing propaganda. But take a closer look.
May 16, 2005

The Media Reform Movement Declares Itself

The media reform movement declares its intention to bring the power of information back to the people.
March 31, 2005


People donating to PBS are funding a memory, not a vital alternative to commercially-designed television.
February 2, 2005

A New Defender of the Free Software Commons

A new developer of free software expands the scope of the online commons.
December 9, 2004

Open Source Weather

The National Weather Service opens its information up to the public in a far-sighted move.
December 3, 2004

Sidewalks of the Mind

Benjamin Franklin is one of America's foremost proponents of the commons.