The rise of the Internet is connected to the rise of authoritarianism across the world. As social media dovetails with neoliberalism, psychosocial wounds are provoked and authoritarian reaction is inspired. Yet this new sociality also facilitates new forms of resistance and political mobilisation.Book Details
Cultural China is a unique annual publication for up-to-date, informed, and accessible commentary about Chinese and Sinophone languages, cultural practices, politics and production, and their critical analysis. The articles in this Review speak to the turbulent year that was 2020.Book Details
This book offers critical interrogations of AI and its impact in order to offer analysis of what ‘AI for Everyone’ might mean. It is structured in three parts: ‘AI: Humans vs. Machines’, ‘Discourses and Myths About AI’ and ‘AI Power and Inequalities’. Bringing together scholars from diverse disciplines this book offers a vital intervention on one of the most hyped concepts of our times.Book Details
This book presents the collectively authored Public Service Media and Public Service Internet Manifesto. With it are materials that informed its creation: the results of Christian Fuchs’s Public Service Media/Internet Survey, Graham Murdock’s verdict on public service media today and a summary of an ecomitee.com discussion of the Manifesto’s foundations.
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Covid-19 highlighted limitations in our democratic politics, but also lessons for how to deepen participation and deliberation to better respond to future crises. In this book, activists, practitioners, policy makers, researchers and writers offer insights into this more democratic world.Book Details
Anthropocene Islands explores how islands have become icons of the Anthropocene and island ways of working key to unlocking alternative approaches to knowledge, critique and policymaking. It presents a range of analytical frameworks and sets out a new agenda for engaging islands today.Book Details
This volume analyses whether media/news literacy focused on identifying misinformation are present in state schools’ curricula in seven sub-Saharan African countries as of June 2020. It assesses changes made to regulations in 11 sub-Saharan Africa (2016-2020) and their impact on media-political debate and in combatting misinformation.Book Details
The Fight Against Platform Capitalism develops a critique of platform capitalism from the perspective of workers and contributes to debates about the future of work, automation and worker organising. As platforms internationalise it presents an alternative portrait focusing on workers’ experience and transnational solidarity.Book Details
Fashion is among the biggest polluters, yet the media still promote throwaway fast fashion. Based on analysis of 1000+ media artefacts, this policy brief identifies patterns in the way journalists and influencers cover fashion which contribute to unsustainable buying behaviours. Researcher Anastasia Denisova proposes new regulatory measures and a more responsible approach from magazines and other media promoting more sustainable coverage of fashion topics.Book Details
‘With clarity and sophistication, Antonios Broumas presents a bold new theory of intellectual commons and powerful arguments for a new body of supportive law. This book not only reveals the misleading logic of intellectual property law in our time; it reveals the rich possibilities for constructive change that legally protected commoning can bring. Highly recommended!’ — David Bollier, Director, Reinventing the Commons Program, Schumacher Center for a New Economics.
‘Liberating the Intellectual Commons from the fetters of capital accumulation and appropriation, would give us a renaissance of creative energies and empowered communities: exactly what the world needs to move away from the social and ecological devastations of our times. This book is a thoughtful and compelling argument for making this possible through the works of the law and the redesign of public domain as a common space.’ — Massimo De Angelis, Professor of Political Economy and Social Change, Co-director of the Centre for Social Justice and Change, University of East London.
‘In this pioneering book, Antonios Broumas argues that philosophically, morally, politically and economically we are in urgent need of a new legal regime that recognizes the intellectual commons, peer production and sharing as the primary practices of intellectual production, distribution and consumption. I cannot imagine a more urgent task today. A legally protected intellectual commons will lead to greater scientific and cultural innovation and creativity and will lead to an urgently needed second Enlightenment. This book should be read by lawyers, critical theorists, economists and the many professionals of science, culture and the academy.’ — Costas Douzinas, Professor of Law, Birkbeck, University of London.
‘Antonios Broumas’ book is an excellent critical analysis of the cultural commons and a must-read for everyone interested in understanding what the commons, the cultural commons, and the digital commons are all about. This work brilliantly outlines the foundations of an empirically grounded critical theory of the commons and the cultural commons in the context of the interactions of law and society.’ — Christian Fuchs, Professor of Media and Communication Studies, author of Communication and Capitalism: A Critical Theory (2020).
‘Broumas takes us on a spellbinding tour of how and why the law could and should change to accommodate the creative multitude, which engages into an emerging mode of production. He tells a vibrant story that makes us shout: “Lawmakers of the world, unite!”’ — Vasilis Kostakis, Professor of P2P Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Faculty Associate at Harvard Law School.
At the cutting edge of contemporary wealth creation people form self-governed communities of collaborative innovation in conditions of relative equipotency and produce resources with free access to all. The emergent intellectual commons have the potential to commonify intellectual production and distribution, unleash human creativity through collaboration and democratise innovation with wider positive effects for our societies. Contemporary intellectual property laws fail to address this potential. We are, therefore, in pressing need of an institutional alternative beyond the inherent limitations of intellectual property law. This book offers an overall analysis of the moral significance of the intellectual commons and outlines appropriate modes for their regulation. Its principal thesis is that our legal systems are in need of an independent body of law for the protection and promotion of the intellectual commons, in parallel to intellectual property law. In this context, the author of the book proposes the reconstruction of the doctrine of the public domain and the exceptions and limitations of exclusive intellectual property rights into an intellectual commons law, which will underpin a vibrant non-commercial zone of creativity and innovation in intellectual production, distribution and consumption alongside commodity markets enabled by intellectual property law.Book Details