New standard work on free participatory cooperation published on the web

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

The contributions of 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. Other chapters explore the governance, political economy, and cultures of peer production, the motivations of contributors, social rules and norms, and the role of peer production in social change and activism. The volume thus fills a large gap in the available literature on  free participatory collaboration on the web.

More information on the publisher’s website.