Counter-commodification: the economy of contribution in the digital commons

Wittel, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-4680-6670, 2014. Counter-commodification: the economy of contribution in the digital commons. Spanda Journal, 5 (1), pp. 15-24. ISSN 2210-2175

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This is an article about digital production and the crisis of capitalism. It is about production in the digital commons and its implications for the building of alternatives to a commodified world. As digital production is at the very heart of cognitive capitalism, the digital commons is not just any other disruption of the process of commodification. This is the field of a fierce struggle over the future of the Internet and the future of capitalism itself. It is potentially the moment which moves back the frontiers of measurement, value and quantification towards qualities, values and an expansion of the gift economy. For this potential to unfold, it is vital that those who are giving, sharing, and contributing or the benefit of humanity are supported by global policies that enable them to do so. They have to be supported because their gifts are not based on reciprocity and the obligation to return the gift. This is an argument about the future of digital labour. The article concludes that this could be achieved through a global basic income scheme.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Spanda Journal
Creators: Wittel, A.
Publisher: Spanda Publishing
Date: 2014
Volume: 5
Number: 1
ISSN: 2210-2175
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 13 Nov 2015 14:38
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:57

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