The special issue “The Materiality of the Immaterial: ICTs and the Digital Commons” was recently published in the TripleC Journal.

Edited by Andreas Roos, Vasilis Kostakis and Christos Giotitsas.

“Today, two great signs of change are occurring. On the one hand, the capitalist world economy is putting tremendous pressure on the earth’s biosphere and bringing an onslaught of destruction to immediate environments and vulnerable people worldwide. On the other hand, the rise of new and progressive social-economic foundations is the result of an unprecedented increase of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Therefore it is arguably more crucial than ever to understand how social, economic and ecological foundations of the Internet and ICT infrastructures are interwoven. What are we—as scholars, activists and citizens—to make of ICTs that seem to emerge from an economic and social system based upon ecological destruction and social oppression, while at the same time engaging millions of people in the proliferation of information, knowledge and active democratic collaboration? This special issue investigates how we can begin to understand this problem, and how we can hope to balance the perils and promises of ICTs in order to make way for a just and sustainable paradigm.”


  • Introduction: The Materiality of the Immaterial: ICTs and the Digital Commons. (PDF)
  • Introducing a Taxonomy of the “Smart City”: Towards a Commons-Oriented Approach? (PDF)
  • The Real World of the Decentralized Autonomous Society. (PDF)
  • Monetary Materialities of Peer-Produced Knowledge: The Case of Wikipedia and Its Tensions with Paid Labour. (PDF)
  • Beyond the Screen: Uneven Geographies, Digital Labour, and the City of Cognitive-Cultural Capitalism. (PDF)
  • The Materialist Circuits and the Quest for Environmental Justice in ICT’s Global Expansion. (PDF)
  • Commons, Piracy and the Crisis of Property. (PDF)
  • Following the Open-Source Trail Outside the Digital World: The Case of Open-Source Seeds. (PDF)

Download the entire special issue here.

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