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Nanotechnology and the Commons: Implications of Open Source Abundance in Millennial Quasi-Commons

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Bruns, Bryan
Conference: Constituting the Commons: Crafting Sustainable Commons in the New Millennium, the Eighth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Conf. Date: May 31-June 4, 2000
Date: 2000
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/757
Sector: Information & Knowledge
New Commons
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Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources--theory
biotechnology
information technology
patents
intellectual property rights
research--experimental
innovation
Internet
anticommons
open access
Abstract: "Considering the implications of nanotechnology helps explore the prospects for common property institutions. Open source approaches to developing computer software create new commons in shared intellectual property. Applying open source principles to the development of nanotechnology and biotechnology might accelerate the growth of freely available knowledge. Increasing resource reuse and abundance may shift the balance between private benefits and broader interests in ways that favor the creation of commons. Users of shared spaces that are formally public or private property already assert increasing roles in governance, constituting quasi-commons. Longer lifetimes may encourage the crafting of new commons on a millennial time scale. Nanotechnology opens interesting opportunities for constituting new commons."

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