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Yochai Benkler

Yochai Benkler a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His research focuses on the effects of the networked information environment on the organization of information production and exchange. He studies individual and social behavior, as well as organizational strategies, and how these intersect with law and technology to structure the distribution of control over information flows, knowledge, and culture in the digital environment. His particular focus has been on the neglected role of commons-based approaches towards management of resources in the digitally networked environment.

He is the author of, among others, Overcoming Agoraphobia: Building the Commons in the Digitally Networked Environment (Harvard J. L & Tech 1997-98); The Commons as a Neglected Factor of Information Production (TPRC 1998); Free As the Air to Common Use: First Amendment Constraints on Enclosure of the Public Domain(NYU L. Rev. 1999); From Consumers to Users: Shifting the deeper structures of regulation towards sustainable commons and user access (2000); he has done extensive work on peer production, such as free and open source software or Wikipedia: Coase's Penguin, or Linux and the Nature of the Firm (Yale L.J. 2002); Sharing Nicely: On shareable goods and the emergence of sharing as a modality of economic production (Yale L.J. 2004). His most recent work is a synthesis of the themes developed in these articles and is entitled The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom (Yale Press 2006).

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