[AktiviX-discuss] Wealth of Networks...

Dan dan at aktivix.org
Wed May 31 13:41:52 UTC 2006

Good blog entry on a new book at Crooked Timber: loads of very 
interesting comments follow.


"Thus, at the very moment when the digital revolution holds out the 
promise of genuine democratic participation, businesses driven by the 
twin needs to maximize profits and protect themselves from competition 
have tried to assert control over the knowledge economy through 
expanding intellectual property rights and securing legal protection for 
proprietary architectures, undermining the Internet's democratic 
promise. This collision of interests is not accidental: Industrial, 
closed and proprietary models of information production and democratic, 
open, and commons-based models are made possible by the same technology; 
the struggle between these two models of information production is the 
social contradiction of the digital age."


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