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David Bollier is an independent policy strategist, journalist, activist and
consultant with an evolving public-interest portfolio. His work tends to
focus on a few key concerns: reclaiming the commons, understanding how
digital technologies are changing democratic culture, fighting the
excesses of intellectual property law, fortifying consumer rights and
promoting citizen action.
David’s work these days is focused on the politics, economics and
culture of the commons. In addition to speaking and writing frequently
about the commons, he edits the web portal and blog OntheCommons.org.
Newcomers to the commons might want to start by reading a terrific
flyer, “Let’s Reclaim the Commons,” a report on The State of the
Commons, a report on The Commons Rising, or any of my speeches.
David is the author of Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built
a Digital Republic of Their Own, published in January 2009. Viral Spiral is about
the rise of free and open-source software, Creative Commons licenses and
the content commons they make possible, the internationalization of
“free culture,” and the burgeoning “sharing economy” that can be seen in
open education, open science and open business models.
David has a number of affiliations and diverse projects at any given time, but most of his work is done as:
Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg School for Communication, The Norman Lear Center
Collaborator with television writer/producer Norman Lear
Co-founder and board member, Public Knowledge
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