Thank you so much
Hello Mr. Benkler, thank you so much for publishing your book under a creative commons licence. I noticed it because of a recommendation on Mr. Lessig's blog. I am already busy reading it. I am a Wikipedian, and I noticed that your article on Wikipedia does not have a photo. As Wikipedia is notoriously short on photos of living people, I thought I would go directly to the source and ask you to upload some photos to the Wikimedia Commons (the common media repository for re-use in all international Wikipedias).
In short: Three photos would be helpful. One portrait, one at your desk and one full size standing, under a free licence as in Wikipedias licence requirement (e.g. CC-BY-SA, GFDL or Public Domain). Thank you so much for your time. It is a great idea with the wiki.
Longbow4u 03:07, 17 April 2006 (PDT)
Longbow4u 03:48, 18 April 2006 (PDT)
Congratulations and thanks
Congratulations and many thanks for this ground-breaking book, and especially for publishing it under a Creative Commons licence and establishing this wiki space - a space that has the potential of becoming a center of excellence, upholding a great wealth of knowledge, in the virtually infinite, virtually free knowledge-based universe within which a new cradle of civilization is evolving. In a cascading process that continue to gain momentum towards this knowledge-based universe and that appears to be reaching a "tipping point", it will be the laws and properties of the networked information economy that will prevail. The transition seems inevitable, given that wealth in a knowledge-based universe is not constrained by the laws of conservation of mass and energy - information having zero mass and zero physical size - and is giving birth to a radically new meaning of free markets, and the publication of the Wealth of Network is a major contribution to the transition.
I welcome the opportunity to contribute in such ways as I can to the growth and development of this wiki - which I have become deeply immersed in since receiving a message about The Wealth of Networks from the <incom> list - and to explore possible avenues of collaboration - e.g. in building on the initial stub I have written for the UN NGO community as the basis for a set of case studies - and for which I have compiled extensive digital archives - on the critical and evolving role of the networked information economy in the intensive growth in scale, diversity and modalities of civil society participation in the work of the United Nations since the beginning of preparations for the 1992 Earth Summit.
I fell in love with Wikipedia when I discovered it just over two years ago, however it was not too long before some of my contributions had led to successful Votes for deletion for pages on the evolution of information habitats and information species and notably a page on red links that spoke of following the red link - entering an undefined space and planting the first seeds of presumed knowledge and understanding of an entity, trusting and committed to upholding the integrity of a self-correcting and evolving free information ecosystem - as analogous to swallowing the red pill in The Matrix, but also to contribute to the establishment and development of pages relating to the Earth Summit and the UN NGO community and not before having had the opportunity to gain valuable insight and experience in the dynamics and architecture of Wiki spaces, and and to identify some enhancements needed to strengthen the integrity of the Wiki engine and Wiki spaces. I look forward to sharing what I have learned and to learning from members in the Wealth of Network's Wiki community.
There is much more I would like to share, especially concerning La Perla Garden - 105th & Columbus Avenue in NYC - for which, along with composting, digging, weeding, etc. , I am developing designs for a prototype interactive open source web site to include wikis, blogs and biodiversity maps of the garden and community, linked to a body of common knowledge on species and biodiversity, and integrated with the web site of the NGO Committee on Education at the UN that is focusing on the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.
Once again, congratulations and many thanks,
Quite an achievement
Dear Mr. Benkler, it is amazing how much your thoughts coincide with what has been thought and discussed in the german oekonux community in the past five years. What has been far-fledged dreams of a few then, has become a serious issue in the meantime. I hope that community that you attract and the community around oekonux can work together to create meaningful services to the emerging network economy. I also hope that it will be possible to convince the business and political world that this is the "germ form" of a new society and that the transition at hand might eventually lead to a new renaissance as did the transition from feudalism to capitalism, taking along a lot of enlightened fellow travellers from the old ruling classes who saw the other side of the river....
Franz Nahrada, Vienna
Clarification of Creative Commons Licence
I have just become aware, when I downloaded the PDF files for the separate chapters, of a significant inconsistency / confusion on the site concerning the Creative Commons licence under which The Wealth of Networks has been released.
My hunch is that the last of these - Atttribution Noncommercial Sharealike - is actually the licence under which The Wealth of Networks was released; in any case, given the critical significance of intellectual property rights in a networked information economy. I believe it would be important to clarify the rights associated with the book and with the contents of the wiki pages; I also need to correct the licence information on the HTML versions of the book that I have published.
I had previously had some concerns over the labeling of the contents of the wiki pages as being available under an Attribution ShareAlike licence, as it is not clear to whom attribution should be given for a page whose content has been written or edited by a variety of different contributors to the site.