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Introduction: The Materiality of the Immaterial : ICTs and the Digital Commons

Roos, Andreas LU ; Kostakis, Vasilis and Giotitsas, Christos (2016) In TripleC p.48-50
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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Commons based peer production, peer-to-peer, political ecology, ICTs, materiality, immateriality, transition, sustainability, digital commons
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TripleC
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48 - 50
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Universitaet Salzburg, Center for Advanced Studies and Research
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  author       = {Roos, Andreas and Kostakis, Vasilis and Giotitsas, Christos},
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  month        = {02},
  pages        = {48--50},
  publisher    = {Universitaet Salzburg, Center for Advanced Studies and Research},
  series       = {TripleC},
  title        = {Introduction: The Materiality of the Immaterial : ICTs and the Digital Commons},
  year         = {2016},
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