Knowledge Commons

Information technology and networked society are changing the ways in which we communicate knowledge. The transition from institutional knowledge structures to network knowledge structures changes not only our of means of teaching and learning, but also fundamentally changes in the ways in which we know and act; we are living through a transition of power relations. Although there is great potential for increased democratization and freedom due to these new relations, there is equally great danger of established powers using new technologies and means to maintain their control of social, economic, and political processes. This project investigates the potential of the commons as a social and economic infrastructure for organizing the future of power.

In Russia, however, the commons may be most disruptive as a political instrument, as communities organize themselves around the transmission of information beyond the controls of government. This project proposes an intriguing connection between the new, technologically enabled knowledge network, and the ancient common resource, the natural environment. A networked community based on ecological activism is shown in a fight against the destructive practices of contemporary politics and economic development. Eventually, nature itself is integrated into the network of information, raising questions of the limits and possibilities of technological communication and the future of human and environmental interaction.
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