The Digital Commons: Tragedy or Opportunity? A Reflection on the 50th Anniversary of Hardin’s Tragedy of the Commons

  title={The Digital Commons: Tragedy or Opportunity? A Reflection on the 50th Anniversary of Hardin’s Tragedy of the Commons},
  author={Frank Nagle},
  journal={Law \& Society: Private Law - Property eJournal},
  • F. Nagle
  • Published 13 December 2018
  • Art
  • Law & Society: Private Law - Property eJournal
On the 50th anniversary of Garrett Hardin’s “The Tragedy of the Commons”, this article considers the benefits and potential downsides of the digital commons, which emerged well after Hardin wrote his seminal article. Unlike the physical world Hardin wrote about, the digital world is essentially infinitely abundant, which leads to a very different tragedy, and many new opportunities. 
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