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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

Collective intelligence vs connected intelligence

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By Derrick de Kerckhove, professor, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, and IN3 visiting professor.

Talking about peer production is talking about connectivity, in the way peers connect to work together for a common purpose. When asked about the main question of this blog, Derrick de Kerckhove refers to the “connected intelligence”, a term he coined with the idea of emphasising the power of the networks ― real or virtual ― in which every member of the connection matters. Check out his reflections in the short video below.

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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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