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New Standard Reference on Free Participatory Cooperation on the Net

The internet has enabled millions of people to be collectively creative and in this way produce free cultural and information goods, such as computer programmes, encyclopaedia articles or film and television databases. The Handbook of Peer Production outlines central concepts, examines current and emerging areas of application and analyses the forms and principles of commons-based cooperation.


The contributions by international experts trace the origins and manifestations of peer production, discuss the factors and conditions that enable and drive peer production, and consider its current impact and potential consequences. Further chapters deal with governance, the political economy and cultures of peer production, the motives of contributors, social rules and norms, and the role of peer production for social change and activism. The volume thus fills a large gap in the available literature on free participatory cooperation on the web.


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