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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.

Decadence and Redemption in the Music Biz
December 30, 2008

Decadence and Redemption in the Music Biz

Let's revive music by letting robust social commons support new types of markets.
Online Collaboration Goes Legit
December 16, 2008

Online Collaboration Goes Legit

A New Vermont law lays the foundation for new types of vlrtual corporations.
Michel Bauwens and the Peer Production Economy
December 12, 2008

Michel Bauwens and the Peer Production Economy

A visionary looks at the kind of new society that online sharing is creating.
December 8, 2008

History Commons

Not Just Peak Oil, But “Peak Hierarchy,” Too?
December 4, 2008

Not Just Peak Oil, But “Peak Hierarchy,” Too?

Can the economic crisis be traced to large, hierarchical institutions that are dysfunctional in an open, networked environment?
Designing the Obama Presidency
November 10, 2008

Designing the Obama Presidency

Will he build an open-source republic or a walled-garden of control?
The Lazy Smear of “Piracy”
October 21, 2008

The Lazy Smear of “Piracy”

The history of piracy reveals the real issue: freedom versus slavery.
Reforming the So-Called Presidential Debates
October 13, 2008

Reforming the So-Called Presidential Debates

Every four years, the two parties and news media collude in this PR scam. It’s time for citizens to reclaim control.
Free Culture Convergence
October 9, 2008

Free Culture Convergence

Creative, free-thinking students are convening in Berkeley to advance a movement. Deja vu?
October 6, 2008

Sameer Padania