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Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own

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A world organized around centralized control, strict intellectual property rights, and hierarchies of credentialed experts is under siege. A radically different order of society based on open access, decentralized creativity, collaborative intelligence, and cheap and easy sharing is ascendant.'"from Viral Spiral

From free and open-source software, Creative Commons licenses, Wikipedia, remix music and video mashups, peer production, open science, open education, and open business, the world of digital media has spawned a new "sharing economy" that increasingly competes with entrenched media giants.

Reporting from the heart of this "free culture" movement, journalist and activist David Bollier provides the first comprehensive history of the attempt by a global brigade of techies, lawyers, artists, musicians, scientists, businesspeople, innovators, and geeks of all stripes to create a digital republic committed to freedom and innovation. Viral Spiral'"the term Bollier coins to describe the almost-magical process by which Internet users can come together to build online commons and tools'"brilliantly interweaves the disparate strands of this eclectic movement. The story describes major technological developments and pivotal legal struggles, as well as fascinating profiles of hacker Richard Stallman, copyright scholar Lawrence Lessig, and other colorful figures.

A milestone in reporting on the Internet by one of our leading media critics, Viral Spiralis for anyone seeking to take the full measure of the new digital era.

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A stunning narrative history of the emergence of electronic "free culture," from open-source software and Creative Commons licenses to remixes and Web 2.0'"in the tradition of Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture.

Synopsis:

Reporting from the heart of this "free culture" movement, journalist and activist Bollier provides the first comprehensive history of the attempt by a global brigade of techies, lawyers, artists, and geeks of all stripes to create a digital republic committed to freedom and innovation.

Synopsis:

A stunning narrative history of the emergence of electronic "free culture," from open-source software and Creative Commons licenses to remixes and Web 2.0'"in the tradition of Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture.

About the Author

David Bollieris a journalist, activist, and public policy analyst as well as editor of onthecommons.org and co-founder of Public Knowledge. Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center, Bollier is the author of numerous highly praised books, including Brand Name Bulliesand Silent Theft. He lives in Amherst, MA.

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ISBN:
9781595583963
Author:
Bollier, David
Publisher:
New Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Information Theory
Subject:
Computer networks
Subject:
United states
Subject:
General science
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Aspects
Subject:
Democratization
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Social aspects
Subject:
Social Aspects - General
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , A stunning narrative history of the emergence of electronic "free culture," from open-source software and Creative Commons licenses to remixes and Web 2.0'"in the tradition of Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture.
"Synopsis" by , Reporting from the heart of this "free culture" movement, journalist and activist Bollier provides the first comprehensive history of the attempt by a global brigade of techies, lawyers, artists, and geeks of all stripes to create a digital republic committed to freedom and innovation.
"Synopsis" by , A stunning narrative history of the emergence of electronic "free culture," from open-source software and Creative Commons licenses to remixes and Web 2.0'"in the tradition of Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture.
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