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A year of thoughts on peer production

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By Eduard Aibar, associate professor and researcher, UOC-IN3.

It’s been just a year since we started this blog on Peer Production. First of all we — Maxigas, Josep Lladós and Eduard Aibar — would like to thank all the people who have contributed, either with posts or comments. We think the whole set of contributions to the blog up to now provide a very good picture of the growing landscape of experiences and projects that use commons-based peer production and also of the different issues at stake around it.

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Posted in Open Thoughts 2014

Peer production and the opportunities and struggles of constructing a more humane production system

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By Yochai Benkler, professor, Harvard Law School; and faculty co-director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Commons-based production generally, and commons-based peer production in particular, are the most important and surprising organizational innovation to have emerged in networked economy and society. Surprising, because throughout the 20th century our intellectual frame for understanding production was dominated by a binary vision: state and market. By the end of the last century, we had shifted from a view of state- and managerial-hierarchy-based production as dominant to a view of market- or decentralized price-based organization as the dominant model.

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Posted in Open Thoughts 2014

Collaborative production and new value metrics

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By Joan Subirats, professor, Autonomous University of Barcelona.

For years people have been talking about informationalism as a set of features that are bringing about a paradigm shift, since they imply and entail radical changes in the forms of production, distribution, exchange and consumption — above all in the spheres linked to knowledge, information and communication.

The rapid, far-reaching technological transformation has had a major impact on what have been labelled the “creative industries”, which have had to undergo sweeping changes. In this change of era that we are living through, it is worth focusing our attention on the emerging models of collaborative peer production through the logic of the commons.

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Posted in Open Thoughts 2014
About the Question
How many peers does it take to change a light bulb?

Systems like Linux and websites like Wikipedia are paradigmatic of a particular way of open collaboration known as peer production. Peer producers choose their tasks freely and coordinate their work using open digital platforms. They share the fruits of their labour as part of a global commons, and everyone works according to their abilities and benefits according to their needs.

Is this an emerging form of communism? Or the future of liberal capitalism? Or is it simply a new mode of production? In this blog we want to explore both the benefits and the downsides of such way of working.

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