This essay deals with a new understanding of the public character of information, based on the alternative modes of property that came to the fore with the advent of commons-based peer production and the information commons. The case of the ERT digital archive is used to highlight the tension between the traditional understanding of state/public property and a new realisation inaugurated by commons-based peer production. Our objections to its current form are presented and the possibilities offered by peer alternatives are discussed. We conclude that, especially after recent developments in the case, state adoption of policies that conform to this new mode of production are imperative for the use, sharing and protection of public information.
Full title: “Public information as a commons: The case of ERT and the peer-to-peer prospect“, co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis & Christos Giotitsas.
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