Date archives "October 2006"

Publishing 2.0 on the declining rate of profit in a Web 2.0 economy

The irony of capitalism is that profit is dependent on the absence of competition, and as Warren Buffet once explained. Where competition increases, profits goes down. The Publishing 2.0 blog explains that this is having effect on the market for advertising. After citing recent studies, it offers the following comments: “Media 2.0 is about the… Continue reading

Stefan Merten on Peer Production and the monetary economy

For more context to these remarks, see the recap page on the Benkler/Lessig/Bauwens/Kleiner debate. With some delay, Stefan Merten of the Oekonux group, which aims to extend Free Software principles to the core of the economy, chimes in on our earlier debate on the same topic: 1. How the Oekonux vision of the GPL society… Continue reading

Book of the Week:the Natural Economic Order, by Silvio Gesell

One of the crucial elements of P2P Theory invoves a needed examination of the issues of Abundance vs. Scarcity, and how to reverse pseudo-scarcity and pseudo-abundance. P2P social dynamics arise most easily in a abundant and/or distributed environment. This refers to the distribution/abundance of intellect, of the means of production (shareable computing), but also crucially:… Continue reading

The top of the Long Tail at the P2P Foundation: 10 most popular topics

Here’s a listing of the most visited pages in the first nine months of 2006. The following list refers to subject entries in our P2P Encyclopedia. It excludes biographies, country pages, categories, etc.. Techno-Progressivism (2,967 views) Participatory Spirituality (2,133 views) Open Access (2,024 views) Commons (1,870 views) P2P TV (1,656 views) Creative Commons (1,184 views)… Continue reading

The Evolution Of The Creative Commons Spectrum

[via Social Synergy Bliki] One of the great things about the CreativeCommons license system is that it does not try to force any one solution upon a content creator. CreativeCommons licenses support a range, or spectrum of possibiblities for allowing signaling to others how and when they can re-use your content. Another great attribute is… Continue reading

Examining our assumptions on economies of scale

This thread starting with reading an item of interest in the Post-Autistic Economics newsletter, one of the networks for heterodox economists. In this essay, Ian Fletcher challenges the now common view that contemporary networked computing inevitably leads to decentralization of the economy, or of the economic sectors in which they are applied. His essay shows… Continue reading

Book of the Week, Unbounded Freedom, part two

We introduced the book 2 days ago and are featuring the access links below. We asked Rosemary Bechler, the author, to select significant quotations from the book. Here they are: 1. Excerpts 1. Intro In cultural commons thinking the value of intellectual property is predicated on the right to distribute rather than the right to… Continue reading

Steve Harnad on the difference between open access to code, to text, and to data: an update

I had the recent opportunity to be involved in an email exchange with very interesting people involved in the open access and free software/open source movements, initiated by Richard Poynder. Steven Harnad, a well-known open access and open content activist and practitioner, wrote a wrap-up on his position as to why, despite the commonalities, it… Continue reading

An open service ecology requires compromise: Marc Dangeard

Marc Dangeard, in an interesting contribution to the Open Business debate on Open Services, defends the corporate role in Web 2.0, arguing that certain compromises with reality are needed to make such services sustainable: “On this matter as I see it, there is what would be ideal (from the theoretical point of view) and then… Continue reading