The Political Economy Of Peer Production
CTheory.net, 2005link to essay
political, economic, and social systems transform themselves into
distributed networks, a new human dynamic is emerging: peer to peer
(P2P). As P2P gives rise to the emergence of a third mode of production,
a third mode of governance, and a third mode of property, it is poised
to overhaul our political economy in unprecedented ways. This essay aims
to develop a conceptual framework ('P2P theory') capable of explaining
these new social processes."
Bauwens is an internet pioneer. He created two dot.com companies, was
(eBusiness) strategic director for the telecommunications company
Belgacom, and 'European Manager of Thought Leadership' for the U.S.
webconsultancy MarchFIRST. He co-produced the television documentary TechnoCalyps: the metaphysics of technology and the end of man,
and co-edited two French-language books on the 'Anthropology of Digital
Society.' He was also editor-in-chief of the Flemish digital magazine Wave.
Originally from Belgium, he now lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he
created the Foundation for P2P Alternatives. He has taught courses on
the anthropology of digital society to postgraduate students at
ICHEC/St. Louis in Brussels, Belgium and related courses at Payap
University and Chiang Mai University in Thailand.