Digital commons

  title={Digital commons},
  author={M{\'e}lanie Dulong de Rosnay and Felix Stalder},
  journal={Internet Policy Rev.},
: Commons are holistic social institutions to govern the (re)production of resources, articulated through interrelated legal, socio-cultural, economic and institutional dimensions. They represent a comprehensive and radical approach to organise collective action, placing it “beyond market and state” (Bollier & Helfrich, 2012). They form a third way of organising society and the economy that differs from both market-based approaches, with their orientation toward prices, and from bureaucratic… 
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