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Forum 10:

Open Access, Cooperation, and Commons: The (Uncertain) Retreat of Possessive Individualism in Networked Society

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Held Thursday, February 13, 2014

Forum Summary

Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Since the 1990s, he has explored the role of information commons and decentralized collaboration in innovation, information production, and freedom in the networked economy and society. In 2012, he received a lifetime achievement award from Oxford University “in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the study and public understanding of the Internet and information goods.” Additionally, Benkler has advised governments and international organizations on innovation policy and telecommunications, and serves on the boards or advisory boards of several nonprofits engaged in working towards an open society.