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AndreasRoos

Andreas Roos

Doctoral student

AndreasRoos

Towards a political ecology of the digital economy : Socio-environmental implications of two competing value models

Author

  • Vasilis Kostakis
  • Andreas Roos
  • Michel Bauwens

Summary, in English

This article explores the socio-environmental implications of two different value models currently competing for dominance in the digital economy: the neo-feudal cognitive capitalism (NFCC) and the hypothetical case of mature peer production (HMPP). Using a systematisation that considers environmental effects of information and communication technologies as direct, indirect and structural, this article discerns the future socio-environmental scenarios indicative of each value model. We argue that the two value models share the same type of direct environmental effects associated with a similar technological infrastructure; however, their indirect effects differ in prospects of consumer behaviour, environmental awareness and product design. Likewise the difference in structural effects is significant as the NFCC is based on profit maximisation and an accumulation of capital, whereas the HMPP is agnostic to growth and oriented towards the commons. Hence, the latter is considered as the socio-environmentally auspicious choice, but comes not without transitional challenges of its own

Department/s

  • Human Ecology

Publishing year

2016-03

Language

English

Pages

82-100

Publication/Series

Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions

Volume

18

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Elsevier

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Human Aspects of ICT

Keywords

  • Techno-economic paradigm shifts
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Digital economy
  • Peer-to-peer
  • ICT
  • Political ecology

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 2210-4224