The tragedy of the digital commons

  title={The tragedy of the digital commons},
  author={G. Greco and L. Floridi},
  journal={Ethics and Information Technology},
  • G. Greco, L. Floridi
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology
  • Ethics and Information Technology
  • In the paper it is argued that bridging the digital divide may cause a new ethical and social dilemma. Using Hardin's Tragedy of the Commons, we show that an improper opening and enlargement of the digital environment (Infosphere) is likely to produce a Tragedy of the Digital Commons (TDC). In the course of the analysis, we explain why Adar and Huberman's previous use of Hardin's Tragedy to interpret certain recent phenomena in the Infosphere (especially peer-to-peer communication) may not be… CONTINUE READING
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