Wednesday, August 9, 2006

The Wealth of Networks

I had the pleasure of hearing Yochai Benkler speak Saturday morning at Wikimania. He is the author of The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedoms. Lawrence Lessig touted this book twice in his keynote at Wikimania last Friday, and had this to say on his blog:

This is — by far — the most important and powerful book written in the fields that matter most to me in the last ten years.

Read it. Understand it. You are not serious about these issues — on either side of these debates — unless you have read this book.

The book is released under a Creative Commons license and can be downloaded in PDF format. The book is quite large, and I have to admit that I have only read Part Two: The Political Economy of Property and Commons. I have now ordered the book and am looking forward to its arrival. The wiki for the book makes for some interesting reading. I recommend it.

No comments: