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Untangling the Web: The Internet as a Commons

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Hess, Charlotte
Conference: Reinventing the Commons, a Transnational Institute Workshop
Location: Bonn, Germany
Conf. Date: November 4-5, 1995
Date: 1996
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/327
Sector: New Commons
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Subject(s): internet
common pool resources
Abstract: "This paper explores the concept of reinventing as 'creating anew,' with the global network of computer networks called the Internet as a sublime example of a new common pool resource (CPR). A commons is not a resource existing independently in nature but rather a human artifact -- an institution crafted by human beings. Nor is a commons an archaic, old-fashioned, idyllic human arrangement unique to indigenous societies. Rather it is a type of good, a resource, which can have either public or private ownership but which is managed and used jointly by a group. The community in a common pool resource is composed of those individuals who use it and have a vested interest in its success."

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