How to reap the benefits of the “digital revolution”? Modularity and the commons

  title={How to reap the benefits of the “digital revolution”? Modularity and the commons},
  journal={General Issue 20(1)},
  • Published 12 November 2019
  • Art
  • General Issue 20(1)
A significant potential of the digital revolution has not been fully realized. A contextual shift has to take place to build institutions that would harness the power of a fundamental aspect of digital technologies: modularity. I show why modularity lies at the heart of digital technologies and describe its strengths and drawbacks. Further, I discuss an emerging mode of production premised on modularity, which may point towards a more sustainable and inclusive digital transformation yet to come… 
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