[LINK] Lessig on the future of the Internet
Fri, 23 Nov 2001 13:27:14 +1100
>> >> The Internet Under Siege
>> >> Lawrence Lessig
>> >> Foreign Policy Magazine, Nov/Dec 2001
>> >> http://www.foreignpolicy.com/issue_novdec_2001/lessig.html
>> Lessig's improving: he's only *a few months* behind me now (:-)}
"geert lovink" <email@example.com>:
>i liked your comments on 'code' a lot. i think its a silly term too. i
>like lessig's use of the digital commons. it makes sense but a lot of the
>issues around this term remain unresolved, the main one being the difference
>(or not) between the state (federal level or local) and the 'public'. in the
>past the state was supposed to take care of the public sphere. that's no
>longer the case so its really the question who is the actual agent when you
>talk about the digital commons. lessig is not addressing this urgent issue.
>it can't be 'cicvil society' in my opinion, that much too unspecific.
I'm not convinced that the state should ever be seen as a
*substitute* for people!
But I agree with Geert's comment that Lessig's revival of the
'digital commons' notion is useful. (It actually goes back quite a
long time, but he's picked it up and is making good use of it).
I like to think in communitarian terms. The village-dwellers grazed
the commons, so maybe the global-villagers graze the digital commons.
Hardin, Garrett (1968) "Tragedy of the commons" Science 162:
1243-1248, at http://dieoff.org/page95.htm
Note that the term 'digital commons' is widely used in librarianship,
especially within the university sector. I couldn't quickly locate
the origins of that usage.
Lessig, L. (1999) Keynote Address, The Berkman Center's "Building a
Digital Commons", May 20, 1999, at
Stalder F. (2000) Sharing and hoarding: Are the digital commons
tragic? Published in Telepolis, 26.08.2000, at
Daniel McFadden (2001), The Tragedy Of The Commons, Forbes ASAP,
09.10.01, at http://www.forbes.com/asap/2001/0910/061_print.html
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