This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.
I’ll be at Wiki X DC this Saturday (which may or may not interfere with getting a news cast out on Sunday). If you can spare some cash, Podiobooks could really use the support to upgrade their servers right now.
The hacker word of the week this week is fisking.
The feature this week is a somewhat rambling, speculative rant on the tragedy of the pseudocommons. This stems from a lot of recent attention on commons as economic and governance models, including the Nobel prize winning work of Elinor Ostrom and David E. Williams. The title is in fact a riff on Hardin’s original critique of the commons. In discussing the ethos animating digital commons, I suggest the Free Software Foundation exceeds the core values by insisting on stronger notions of liberty. James Boyle’s book does an excellent job describing the more obvious threat of enclosure. My pondering the pseudocommons is similar in some regards to my thoughts on the true burden of forking. Nicholas Carr pegs one extreme example of the form.
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