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Dear Facebook: Without the Commons, We Lose the Sharing Web | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Dear Facebook: Without the Commons, We Lose the Sharing Web | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Creative Commons isn't just some arbitrary legalese: it was a way the world could build on creatives’ work. Re-use it. Re-mix it. It’s what made the web a place where individuals were not just creators, but part of communities that valued sharing.
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Our "walled garden" social networks aren't so much about sharing as about (market) share. It's our attention they want, and open licensing for photos and other content is not on their agenda...

So while we have a feeling of being connected, we do lose the commons and the sharing. 

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We Must Run Government IT Like A Startup

We Must Run Government IT Like A Startup | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Government needs to completely change.

 

Yes, technology is involved, but the way governments use technology also needs to change. It's not just about using social media. It's about decentralizing. It's about instituting agile processes. It's about delivering benefits to citizens rather than adhering to bureaucracy.

 

Governments -- slow, lumbering and unresponsive -- must adopt a startup culture.

 

Old way: command and control.

 

New way: decentralized collaboration on shared goals.

 

Political factors and life in a fish bowl discourage government staffers from engaging in experiments with any risk. After all, if their experiments don't work out, they'll be derided...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Yes, government needs to be occupied. It's ours and we should be, by rights, included in the decision-making processes...

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Star Wars, Civil Rights and 'We Can't Until...' Syndrome

Star Wars, Civil Rights and 'We Can't Until...' Syndrome | Networked Society | Scoop.it
We don't have to "wait until" anything. We have everything we need, right now, to create the future we want for our world.

 

For decades the prevailing wisdom has been that strong organizations are a necessary prerequisite to addressing the large-scale issues facing our communities and our world.

 

However, history has repeatedly shown us just the opposite. And when we consider the recent decades of history specifically within the nonprofit sector, we find that an emphasis on building strong organizations has been, in fact, an inwardly-focused distraction to creating the kinds of real change the outside world needs from us.

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So does Hildy Gottlieb mean to say here that we should not concentrate on organizations for social change? Yes she does...

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openfire: Urbsly

openfire: Urbsly | Networked Society | Scoop.it

gribiotech giants are tightening their grip on agriculture worldwide.

 

Rather than trying to fight them directly, Urbsly will help create an alternative system that builds on open standards and data, enabling farmers and gardeners to compete on a level playing field, and ensuring that the technology is available to all.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

"The big agribiotech companies’ strategy over the past few decades has been to buy into the seed industry at all levels, especially by acquiring the big seed producers and their holdings of many thousands of varieties (and, critically, their traits)."

This is a real problem on the horizon, for our food supply. The Urbsly initiative, which starts with the compilation of an open-source catalog of all seed varieties is very important and long overdue...

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Monsanto proves that corporations don't run the government

Collectivists have a favorite target. Big bad corporations. This is a complete scam. Why did Goldman Sachs turn out to be the biggest funder of Obama’s 2008 election bid? Why weren’t the corporate banksters who demanded and received those enormous bailouts, under both Bush and Obama, prosecuted for crimes?

 

Collectivists actually love big corporations. Collectivists just want to distract us from their real goals. And in order to enact those goals, they need banks, they need the military-industrial complex, they need Big Pharma and Big Oil...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

 

Jon Rappoport says it like it is.

 

Corruption in government is endemic ... and not just in America.

 

"It takes two to tango."

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Ireland: 'Direct Democracy, not just a party, a completely different system

Ben Gilroy explains the fundamental difference between his Direct Democracy Ireland Party and the other main stream parties... And why a vote for him will RETURN real democratic power to the people of Ireland.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

We have to find a better way than what we have - voting for a representative every four or five years and just hoping, against all real experience, that they will do what we think they should be doing. 

 

The problem is becoming really obvious now with politicians backing up the banks and big finance against the interests of the people who elected them.

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Everything you need to know about the piracy-battling Copyright Alert System

Everything you need to know about the piracy-battling Copyright Alert System | Networked Society | Scoop.it

 

The internet providers and copyright holders have begun using peer-to-peer (P2P) surveillance methods to try to sniff out when copyrighted content is uploaded or shared illegally.

 

A company called MarkMonitor has been contracted to join BitTorrent networks (the most common way to illegally share files) and search for the names of copyright-protected movies, music, and TV shows. The list of those names is provided by the MPAA, RIAA, and NCTA.

 

When MarkMonitor finds a file in violation, they snag the IP address of the user who's sharing the file and send it off to that user's internet provider, who issues a series of escalating warnings.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Hollywood has found a way to criminalize sharing. But will all those efforts to catch the criminals who don't intend to be Hollywood's clients end up hastening the movie industry's demise?

 

Perhaps entertainment will be different tomorrow and there will be a more direct line - artist-to-fan and vice versa - that leaves no room for Hollywood.

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The rise of the sharing economy

The rise of the sharing economy | Networked Society | Scoop.it

LAST night 40,000 people rented accommodation from a service that offers 250,000 rooms in 30,000 cities in 192 countries. They chose their rooms and paid for everything online. But their beds were provided by private individuals, rather than a hotel chain.

 

Hosts and guests were matched up by Airbnb, a firm based in San Francisco. Since its launch in 2008 more than 4m people have used it—2.5m of them in 2012 alone. It is the most prominent example of a huge new “sharing economy”, in which people rent beds, cars, boats and other assets directly from each other, co-ordinated via the internet.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

P2P goes mainstream ... how sharing as a philosophy and as an on line practice is going to be a force for change in the mainstream economy.

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Coming soon: Open source operating systems for smartphones and tablets

Coming soon: Open source operating systems for smartphones and tablets | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Built entirely using HTML5 and other open Web standards, Firefox OS is a Linux-based open source operating system for smartphones and tablet computers. It has been demonstrated on Android smartphones and the Raspberry Pi.

 

Samsung and Intel are cooperating on the development of Tizen, another open source phone project situated within the Linux Foundation. The first embodyment of the system in phones will be Bada.

 
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Phones are in software walled gardens.

 

Most providers have proprietary operating systems for their phones and even Google's Android is not as open as some would like. 

Linux-based Firefox OS and Tizen/Bada to the rescue. 

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re:publica 2012 - Eben Moglen - Freedom of Thought Requires Free Media

Media that spy on and data-mine the public are capable of destroying humanity's most precious freedom: freedom of thought. 

 

Ensuring that media remain structured to support rather than suppress individual freedom and civic virtue requires us to achieve specific free technology and free culture goals.

 

In this talk, Eben Moglen offers suggestions about how the Free World should meet the challenges of the next decade.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Eben Moglen, one of the initiators of the "Freedom Box" project, makes some extremely important points on how to preserve the freedom of thought and the freedom of action we have fought to attain and preserve over the last millennium. 


In the age of social media and commercial software, in the age of governments trying to know everything about everyone, I believe this is of great importance. 

 

Please do take the time (it's about an hour) to watch this video.

 

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Villagers install own fast web cables

Villagers install own fast web cables | Networked Society | Scoop.it
A rural community in Lancashire has decided to fit their own cables for a better broadband connection.
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Telcos and internet providers are robber barons. They will overcharge for their service and, if you're out in the countryside, you are out in the cold as far as they are concerned. You don't get the service.

 

Will the new p2p internet that is growing here and there eventually make the telcos redundant?

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Shareable: Collaborative Consumption is Overrated

Shareable: Collaborative Consumption is Overrated | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"I still think collaborative consumption is overrated compared to the other side of the sharing economy coin: collaborative creation.

 

The true potential of a networked, peer-to-peer economy is just starting to show with the maker movement. And it's not just about what we can consume together, it's about what we can create together."

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

If we consider a sliding scale that goes from being at the mercy of others (being the effect) to actually producing something useful (being the cause) then consuming, even in collaboration with others, is very much on the effect side of the scale. To be on the cause end of that scale, making (which means inventing, creating, constructing something) is the way to go. 

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Crystal Arnold's curator insight, February 9, 2013 12:35 PM

We are being invited to use our collective intelligence to create, this is where there is an incredible amount of untapped potential. Clearly, meeting our needs through more sharing (collaborative consumption) uses similar skills, and also provides a stable foundation for making a brighter future for generations to come.

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European Citizens Initiative for Unconditional Basic Income accepted by EU Commission

European Citizens Initiative for Unconditional Basic Income accepted by EU Commission | Networked Society | Scoop.it

After an unsuccessful first attempt, the European Citizens’ Initiative for Unconditional Basic Income finally got accepted by the European Commission, thus opening the possibility for the organizers from 14 European countries to start collecting their signatures of support. This is the start of a 12-month European-wide campaign for basic income in Europe. The goal is to collect one million signatures.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

A universal basic income could replace all those various pension schemes, many of which are being stripped of funds to pay for "urgent other expenditures". It could also make us independent of an ever contracting jobs market. As automation takes people out of work, we must devise a way to let everyone contribute to society in other ways than paid work. Basic income could be part of that needed re-organization. 

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Sharing the Internet: "Commotion Wireless" Technology Lets Communities Create Free Webs of Access

About two years ago, news reports described the State Department-funded project of Sascha Meinrath as a way for overseas dissidents to overcome repressive regimes that try to censor them by shutting down the internet.

 

This week a variation on the software he helped design will launch here in the United States. It is called Commotion Wireless. You can download the program on your cellphone or laptop computer in order to create what is called a "mesh" network that allows you to share Internet access with other devices on the network.

 

"It challenges this business model that everyone has to buy their own Internet connection, and it really puts forth this notion of, 'Why don't we share resources?' We can share them across our neighbors, we can share them within our offices, we can share them across entire cities," says Meinrath, director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.

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Sharing our internet connection as a first step to sharing (and making the telecoms obsolete) ...

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Young Greeks Create Self-reliant Island Society

On the slopes of Mount Telaithrion on the island of Evia, a group of young Greeks have left the busy city and created a self-reliant rural community.

Their goal is to eat only the organic produce they grow themselves, to free themselves from the national electricity grid, and to exchange what they grow or make instead of using money. 

The project, whose ultimate goal is to create a school for sustainable living, was the idea of four Athenians who met online back in 2008 and bonded over their dissatisfaction with the daily grind of city life...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

More self-reliance and resiliency - that is where we are directed as we start growing our own vegetables around the house or get together with others to try and find a new way to do things, like these young Greeks have done in the face of an economic crisis.

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End of Drug Monopolies and Mega-profits?

End of Drug Monopolies and Mega-profits? | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Recent rulings in India may make it harder for big pharmaceutical companies to maintain their monopolies and very high prices, especially in the Third World - 

 

Do drugs really have to be as expensive as they are?

 

Do pharmaceutical companies have to make such large profits and do their marketing budgets have to be so large?

 

Does the system provide incentives for the industry to produce the drugs we most need or is too much research being devoted to the development of “me-too” drugs and to evergreening?

 

Would unethical behaviour in pharmaceutical companies ... be so common if there were not the same massive pressure to seek potential blockbusters and maintain them at all costs?

 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Copyrights and patents ... state mandated and state supported monopolies. As we see here in the case of pharmaceutical patents, they are subject to abuse. 

 

We should be thinking about a better system that rewards real creation and invention, but does not feed abusive squatting on the rights that come with them.

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, April 25, 2013 5:05 AM

India, until the arrival IMF's insane mask Man Mohan Singh, had kept the Big-Pharma under tight leash...and the DPCO [Drug Price Control Order] ensured that the best medicines were available cheap.Majority of medicines are still cheap. For example, my visiting American friends needed four prescription drugs and I took them to my local pharmacist. They bought the supply for two hundred rupees which would have cost them two hundred dollars in the US.

 

Now try exporting effective but cheap mdeicines from India to your friends in the USA. Just try if you have no fear of life. The Big-Pharma also has an army of goons to harass you and the FDA will ensure that you are declared a madman, send you to a psychiatrist ward, or even kill you. That's the way the Big-Pharma works.

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Digital Grab: Corporate Power Has Seized the Internet

Digital Grab: Corporate Power Has Seized the Internet | Networked Society | Scoop.it

“Most assessments of the Internet fail to ground it in political economy; they fail to understand the importance of capitalism in shaping and, for lack of a better term, domesticating the Internet,” says Robert W. McChesney in his illuminating new book, Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy.

 

“The profit motive, commercialism, public relations, marketing, and advertising -- all defining features of contemporary corporate capitalism -- are foundational to any assessment of how the Internet has developed and is likely to develop.”

 
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

The guy is right - corporations have seized (or are trying to seize) control of the internet. But they do not have any idea of how hot an iron they are touching. With the combined power of all the people networked...

 

Someone said yesterday: "I see this as a swan song of corporations. They are doomed."

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Aydin Swanson's curator insight, April 11, 2013 7:23 PM

Aperently the Internet is killing Democracy 

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India: Politicians support genetically modified seeds, while agricultural productivity sets new records in conventional and bio methods

India: Politicians support genetically modified seeds, while agricultural productivity sets new records in conventional and bio methods | Networked Society | Scoop.it

India’s average yield of wheat in 2011 was significantly below the yield from its best lands in 1890.

 

Increasing wheat yield has been the Indian scientists’ focus of effort, which implies that they have consistently short-changed the farmers and wasted public money without showing any results;

 

While the non-performing scientists lived off public money, India’s farmers continued to feed the nation.

 

Many radical farmers achieved record breaking yields from moderately good lands and many marginal hill farmers achieved huge yield gains yet their innovations neither discussed during national planning exercises nor properly studied.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:
This article shows with actual figures that genetic modification and "modern agricultural technologies" are a complete dud compared to traditional and also recent record yields achieved by conventional organic growing methods. Who needs Monsanto? Only the highly bribed politicians, it seems.
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'Homeless' Airbnb founder hails sharing economy

'Homeless' Airbnb founder hails sharing economy | Networked Society | Scoop.it
On any given night, up to 60,000 people stay in places they found on Airbnb. One of them is always the guy who co-founded the fast-growing online travel lodging service.

 

"In June 2010, I moved out of my apartment and I have been mostly homeless ever since, off and on," Brian Chesky said at the South by Southwest (SXSW) interactive, film and music festival.

 

"I just live in Airbnb apartments and I check in every week in different homes in San Francisco," where the company is based, he said. "It's the best way to take the pulse... The key is to always use your product."

(Get the whole article by clicking on the headline here)

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

The sharing economy is taking off. Officially. The Economist, I believe, just had an article on it as well. 

 

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21573104-internet-everything-hire-rise-sharing-economy

How will it end? Traditional services will look more and more like the p2p alternatives... 

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Allan Savory: How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change

"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos.

 

Savory has devoted his life to stopping it.

 

He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert."

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

An excellent talk, and hugely important.

 

We are part of this eco-system of planet earth. Unless we understand how it works and what's needed for it to continue to work, we can't be hopeful about the future...

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Bucky Box: Taking Nature's Cues for Creating a Sustainable Food System | Sustainable Brands

Bucky Box: Taking Nature's Cues for Creating a Sustainable Food System | Sustainable Brands | Networked Society | Scoop.it
To understand how we will feed a growing population with decreasing resources and a changing climate, we must shift our mindset to understanding that the food system is a living system.
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Yes, the food system ... and agriculture ... are in need of reform. Some interesting ideas in this article about a new program (software) allowing better distribution of locally produced food.

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Open Garden - Sharing connections

Open Garden - Sharing connections | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Open Garden shares an internet connection with other devices, using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The goal of Open Garden is to share the last mile and promote the openness of wireless networks.

 

It automatically creates a mesh network between all the Open Garden-enabled devices and picks the fastest connection to route traffic. Their Open Garden Mesh Protocol enables people to create their own network.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Reversing the tendency to rely on "closed gardens" (or walled gardens) of phone and net access providers, Open Garden is free software that allows devices to network with one another, sharing available connections to the internet.

 

It's a win-win. Everyone who shares will also be better connected than if they were alone... We should have connectivity everywhere. This is a way to do it without waiting for the providers.

 

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With Batman, Cellphones Get Direct, Device-to-Device Communications

With Batman, Cellphones Get Direct, Device-to-Device Communications | Networked Society | Scoop.it

In an emergency situation where mobile networks are either down or overloaded and there’s no WiFi, cell phones are useless. Unlike land mobile radios, used by police and fire departments, they don’t have the ability to communicate directly with each other. Until now.

 

The Better Approach To Mobile Adhoc Networks (BATMAN) joins smartphones together in an ad-hoc, mesh network, capable of device to device communication. You can share files and even send messages with the right application.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Slowly, network decentralization is pushing more and more functions out towards the edges. Communication becomes much more resilient. It can adapt to circumstances, if the networking is done by our own devices, rather than central phone towers or internet service providers...

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Is a revolution in economic thinking under way?

Is a revolution in economic thinking under way? | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Our current situation is conducive to revolutionary thinking, if not yet in politics, then maybe in economics.

 

The BoE has spent £50 billion over the past six months to support bond prices. That could instead have financed a cash handout of £830 for every man, woman and child in Britain, or £3,300 for a typical family of four. In the United States, the $40 billion the Fed has promised to transfer monthly, with no time limit, to banks and bond funds, could instead finance a monthly cash payment of $500 per family – to be continued indefinitely until full employment is restored.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

It seems that the trust in banks and the economists who back them is fast coming to an end. There is talk abut innovative solutions to the crisis, and one of those is to spend money not on bailing out banks or holding up bond prices (so the rich can continue to accumulate ever more money) but to actually help the people... what a novel idea! Well, actually not. It was proposed a century ago by some "rogue" economists but no one listened.

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// oAnth: What sounds on a first glance quite marvelous, needs in my opinion to consider who is paying here to whom by which kind of interests and conditions. The question, where these huge amounts of money are coming from, seems to be not even noteworthy.


The states' fiscal sovereignty is completely questioned. It's an open revolution not in economic thinking, but in the foundations of the state's authority. In so far this discussion continues the neoliberal agenda on a less hidden manner as a clear opening to the area of neofeudalism and proves an ongoing obvious power shift.

It has IMHO nothing to do with a P2P decentralized economy.

 

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// oAnth: I have to correct my latest entry in so far, as I have misunderstood the source of the money, which is to spend. If I understand well now, it would be a more or less indirect debt cut by spending money, created by the central bank, directly to the population, but - but I would instantly like to add, the incentive to the exploitation circle would nevertheless in a long run only be to tame by additional much higher top income taxes.

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Aaron Swartz in Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto asks: "Will you join us?"

Aaron Swartz in Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto asks: "Will you join us?" | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You’ll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier.

 

There are those struggling to change this. The Open Access Movement has fought valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights away but instead ensure their work is published on the Internet, under terms that allow anyone to access it. But even under the best scenarios, their work will only apply to things published in the future. Everything up until now will have been lost.

 

That is too high a price to pay. Forcing academics to pay money to read the work of their colleagues? Scanning entire libraries but only allowing the folks at Google to read them? Providing scientific articles to those at elite universities in the First World, but not to children in the Global South? It’s outrageous and unacceptable.

 

“I agree,” many say, “but what can we do? The companies hold the copyrights, they make enormous amounts of money by charging for access, and it’s perfectly legal — there’s nothing we can do to stop them.” But there is something we can, something that’s already being done: we can fight back.

 

Those with access to these resources — students, librarians, scientists — you have been given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of knowledge while the rest of the world is locked out. But you need not — indeed, morally, you cannot — keep this privilege for yourselves. You have a duty to share it with the world. And you have: trading passwords with colleagues, filling download requests for friends. 

 

Meanwhile, those who have been locked out are not standing idly by. You have been sneaking through holes and climbing over fences, liberating the information locked up by the publishers and sharing them with your friends. 

 

But all of this action goes on in the dark, hidden underground. It’s called stealing or piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn’t immoral — it’s a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy. 

 

Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate require it — their shareholders would revolt at anything less. And the politicians they have bought off back them, passing laws giving them the exclusive power to decide who can make copies. 

 

There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft ofpublic culture.

 

We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that’s out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access.

 

With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?

 Aaron SwartzJuly 2008, Eremo, Italy

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Found as part of a eulogy on Exit Strata's site, this manifesto of Aaron Swartz is almost 5 years old. It is too important to just become a footnote in the corporate dominance wars. Aaron calls on every one of us to participate, to join forces in liberating information that is being locked up behind ever tighter and ever more agressively defended paywalls. 

It is our cultural and scientific heritage that is being hijacked by nameless (and not so nameless) corporations. We are being reduced to "consumers" who are supposed to pay to even know what our friends and colleagues found and published.

 

It's time we listened to Aaron and that we ourselves started scanning and otherwise making copies of all those works that are within our reach ... and that we uploaded them to places where they can no longer be locked up.

 

Do you agree?

 

Then let's get going!

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