Untangling the Web: The Internet as a Commons

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1996
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"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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internet, common pool resources
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