The Wealth of Networks - Benkler, Yochai - Yale University Press
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The Wealth of Networks

How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom

  • Yochai Benkler
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Out of Print.

Selected as a 2007 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries

Winner of the 2006 Donald McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research given by the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center at Fordham University, New York.

Winner of the American Political Science Association's 2007 Don K. Price Award for the Best Book in Science and Technology Politics 

Winner of the 2008 CITASA Book Award, given by the American Sociological Association section on Communication and Information Technologies.

Listen to an interview with Yochai Benkler on The Invisible Hand Podcast.

Listen to an interview with Yochai Benkler on The Invisible Hand Podcast

With the radical changes in information production that the Internet has introduced, we stand at an important moment of transition, says Yochai Benkler in this thought-provoking book. The phenomenon he describes as social production is reshaping markets, while at the same time offering new opportunities to enhance individual freedom, cultural diversity, political discourse, and justice. But these results are by no means inevitable: a systematic campaign to protect the entrenched industrial information economy of the last century threatens the promise of today’s emerging networked information environment.

In this comprehensive social theory of the Internet and the networked information economy, Benkler describes how patterns of information, knowledge, and cultural production are changing—and shows that the way information and knowledge are made available can either limit or enlarge the ways people can create and express themselves. He describes the range of legal and policy choices that confront us and maintains that there is much to be gained—or lost—by the decisions we make today.

Yochai Benkler is the Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Yale University.

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