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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.

Celebrating One Web Day
September 20, 2009

Celebrating One Web Day

September 22 is a day to recommit ourselves to the Online Commonwealth.
A Drafting Committee of Thousands
September 14, 2009

A Drafting Committee of Thousands

MixedInk enables new forms of large-scale online collaboration
Why I Refuse to Go to the Multiplex Any More
September 1, 2009

Why I Refuse to Go to the Multiplex Any More

The captive-audience advertising is insufferable and assaulting.
When Web Communities Become Ghost Towns
August 25, 2009

When Web Communities Become Ghost Towns

The demise of GeoCities points up the difference between commons and “faux commons.”
RECAP & Public.Resource.org Liberate Court Records
August 20, 2009

RECAP & Public.Resource.org Liberate Court Records

New Firefox plug-in makes federal court documents freely available -- and shames the judiciary Web-meisters.
A Tangle of Thorns
July 30, 2009

A Tangle of Thorns

The oddly compelling literary remix of Nabokov's "Lolita" and Lessig's "Future of Ideas."
Open Source Hardware
July 29, 2009

Open Source Hardware

Open source design principles are being applied to musical instruments, tractors and much else.
Art, God and Copyright
July 21, 2009

Art, God and Copyright

Is it appropriate to copyright divinely inspired expression?
New Attacks on the Web Commons
July 10, 2009

New Attacks on the Web Commons

Publishers want to outlaw unauthorized Web links, neuter search engines.
Welcome TOSBack!
June 8, 2009

Welcome TOSBack!

EFF’s new website helps Internet users fight unfair terms-of-service contracts.