ox4 - Final Version

Free Software and Beyond
The World of Peer Production

Stefan Merten
Day 1
Room University Place 4.204
Start time 14:00
Duration 01:30
ID 23
Event type Lecture
Track Future of peer production
Language English

Current limitations of peer production

And ideas on how to overcome them

35 years ago peer production being based on openness and Selbstentfaltung started in Free Software. Today Free Software is an important aspect of the overall global system. Since some years peer production expands into other fields. Respective movements are Wikipedia, OpenAccess and OpenMusic. All these fields have in common that they are based on information.

However, other fields such as production of material goods are still not yet subject of peer production projects. Why is this?

This talk gives some insights beyond "copying information is easy". It outlines current challenges for peer production and sketches some ideas on how to solve them. The talk is based on the Oekonux drawing board initiative.