Home Pushing Paradigms Effects of the Internet on Legacy Institutions

The Internet is shaking the foundations of many of the institutions on which contemporary society is built. Here’s a little chart I made that summarizes some of these effects (click image to view full-size).

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* Lawrence Lessig
** Yochai Benkler

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  1. Interesting thoughts. My perception is that civic self-organization is not an undesirable competitor to civil society organizations. Many times they are seen as allies by NGOs. Non-profits exist because they want the problems they are working on to be solved.

    Also for many companies/NGO’s Open-Source is also a business model. Look at Automatic (Business Company – wordpress.com) and Red Hat (Business company, founded 1993).

  2. In the case of technology firms: I see a line from software to digital available knowledge. The actual strive to make knowledge freely available, according Aaron Swartz’ death, is a rather complex situation for our ubiquitous political and economical organization. It’s the tragedy of our postfordistic Western society. Is it plausible to assume that digital based knowledge functions the same way as software? Then ofcourse it wouldn’t be so surprising that a programmer would attack the destiny of our knowledge – behind a marked door with a giant dollar icon.

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