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Vasilis Kostakis

Vasilis Kostakis is Senior Research Fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, and a Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Affiliate, Harvard University. He is also Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona; and a Fellow at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Kostakis founded the interdisciplinary research hub P2P Lab that investigates the socio-economic and political impact of free and open-source technologies. Moreover, he was the Research Coordinator and now a core member of the P2P Foundation, winner of the 2016 Golden Nica for Digital Communities. Further, he sits on the boards of commons-oriented start-ups and open access refereed journals journals.

Kostakis publishes, lectures, and consults governments and organizations on the digital commons; political ecology and technology; blockchain-based organization; and constructionist learning. While at Harvard, he will focus on the confluence of the digital commons of knowledge, software and design with local manufacturing and automation technologies (from 3D printing and CNC machines to low-tech tools and crafts). Kostakis will study the processes through which design is developed as a global digital commons, whereas the manufacturing takes place locally, often via shared infrastructures and with local biophysical conditions in mind.

His work has appeared in 13 languages as well as featured in popular international media.