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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.

The International Amateur Scanning League
March 18, 2010

The International Amateur Scanning League

Volunteers digitize thousands of government films and videos and put them online.
10 Signs Pointing Us Toward a Commons-based Society
February 28, 2010

10 Signs Pointing Us Toward a Commons-based Society

Streets for people, pirate legislators, health care as a commons & more
The Public Domain Manifesto
February 4, 2010

The Public Domain Manifesto

New statement declares the public domain the rule and copyright the exception.
New Frontiers of Commons-based Innovation
January 28, 2010

New Frontiers of Commons-based Innovation

Stylish video satires, new collaborative systems for volunteering.
DIY Book Scanning Takes Off
January 20, 2010

DIY Book Scanning Takes Off

The rise of a global commons devoted to the cheap scanning of books for personal use.
Stealth Treaty Seeks Strict Controls Over Internet
November 30, 2009

Stealth Treaty Seeks Strict Controls Over Internet

Never heard of ACTA? That’s exactly what Hollywood and other copyright industries want.
Barcelona Charter for Free Culture is Released
November 13, 2009

Barcelona Charter for Free Culture is Released

Historic statement by commoners takes the offensive against regressive Internet policies
The Digital Republic
November 2, 2009

The Digital Republic

From Barcelona, David Bollier outlines the struggle to secure and expand the commons
The Politics of Copyright Law Explained.
October 6, 2009

The Politics of Copyright Law Explained.

William Patry's "Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars"
Government 2.0
October 5, 2009

Government 2.0

A new push to open up Congress, the courts and federal agencies via the Internet.