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One white middle-class man

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By Mayo Fuster, researcher, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3-UOC).

Head of the P2PValue project and faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Mayo Fuster relies on recent data to support her reflections on the main question of this blog. According to her, peer production has still issues to address — for instance, it is not coping very well with gender equity —, but above all the success of the model, which now encompasses more than 30 areas of activity, relies on its increased efficiency. Get Fuster’s complete reflections on the topic in the short video below. Her contribution was recorded at the Ouishare Fest Barcelona event.

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Free software and publishing: the case of Libre Graphics magazine

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By Ana Isabel Carvalho, designer and co-editor, Libre Graphics magazine.

Libre Graphics magazine is a collaborative project produced exclusively with free software, standards and methods, showing that the open source is a professionally viable option to perform and release a periodic publication. Co-editor of the magazine, Carvalho kindly agreed to tell us in front of the camera about her experience. Her contribution was possible thanks to the collaboration of the MiniDebConf 2014 and the University of Barcelona.

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Strive for excellence: on collaborative work in Debian

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By Francesca Ciceri, Debian user, developer and translator.

Debian is a free operating system which is being developed by hundreds of volunteers working in a collaborative basis worldwide. Francesca is one of these volunteers and kindly agreed to tell us about her experience within such a project. Her contribution was possible thanks to the collaboration of the MiniDebConf2014 and the University of Barcelona.

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Where chaos and innovation meet

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By Allison Randal, software developer and author.

Were ancient human settlements already applying peer production without being aware of it? Have we abandoned this cooperative way of making goods? In this videopost, Randal reflects on what changed with the industrial revolution and on both the advantages and downsides of free software developing. Her contribution was possible thanks to the collaboration of the MiniDebConf 2014 and the University of Barcelona.

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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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