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AndreasRoos

Andreas Roos

Doctoral student

AndreasRoos

Introduction: The Materiality of the Immaterial : ICTs and the Digital Commons

Author

  • Andreas Roos
  • Vasilis Kostakis
  • Christos Giotitsas

Summary, in English

Today, two great signs of change are occurring. On the one hand, the capitalist world economy is putting tremendous pressure on the earth’s biosphere and bringing an onslaught of destruction to immediate environments and vulnerable people worldwide. On the other hand, the rise of new and progressive social-economic foundations is the result of an unprecedented increase of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Therefore it is arguably more crucial than ever to understand how social, economic and ecological foundations of the internet and ICT infrastructures are interwoven. What are we – as scholars, activists and citizens - to make of ICTs that seem to emerge from an economic and social system based upon ecological destruction and social oppression, while at the same time engaging millions of people in the proliferation of information, knowledge and active democratic collaboration? This special issue investigates how we can begin to understand this problem, and how we can hope to balance the perils and promises of ICTs in order to make way for a just and sustainable paradigm.

Department/s

  • Human Ecology

Publishing year

2016-02-17

Language

English

Pages

48-50

Publication/Series

TripleC

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Universitaet Salzburg, Center for Advanced Studies and Research

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Information Systems, Social aspects

Keywords

  • Commons based peer production
  • peer-to-peer
  • political ecology
  • ICTs
  • materiality
  • immateriality
  • transition
  • sustainability
  • digital commons

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1726-670X