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Thursday, Mar 4, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by David Bollier
Amsterdam Law Forum (2009)

“This moment in the history of the Internet is one of great promise and great peril.1 It holds great promise because citizens have the opportunity to secure what I call the Digital Republic, and it holds great peril, because the 20th Century content industries show few signs of recognizing the legitimacy and value of the digital commons and its principles of openness, participation and decentralized control.


For the moment, we are stuck in an interregnum between the old order of centralized, market-driven media and their need for top-down control and strict intellectual property rights, and an emerging Digital Republic that honors powerful new forms of collaborative participation and socially created value.”


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