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The Information Commons: A public policy report

Brennan Center For Justice, February 2004


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Resource information:
Resource IDkranich2004
Resource titleThe Information Commons: A public policy report
Author(s)Nancy Kranich
Publication/ sourceBrennan Center For Justice
Date publishedFebruary 2004
Summary text/ abstractThe Internet offers unprecedented possibilities for human creativity, global communication, and access to information. Yet digital technology also invites new forms of information enclosure. In the last decade, mass media companies have developed methods of control that undermine the public's traditional rights to use, share, and reproduce information and ideas. These technologies, combined with dramatic consolidation in the media industry and new laws that increase its control over intellectual products, threaten to undermine the political discourse, free speech, and creativity needed for a healthy democracy. In response to the crisis, librarians, cyber-activists, and other public interest advocates have sought ways to expand access to the wealth of resources that the Internet promises, and have begun to build online communities, or "commons," for producing and sharing information, creative works, and democratic discussion. is report documents the information commons movement, explains its importance, and outlines the theories and "best practices" that have developed to assist its growth.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, FOSS & Linux, Politics
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