Yochai Benkler: "Freedom of Power in the Networked Information Environment"

YOCHAI BENKLER is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal
Studies at Harvard, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for
Internet and Society. Since the 1990s he has played a central part in
characterizing the role of information commons and decentralized
collaboration to innovation, information production, and freedom in the
networked economy and society. His books include The Wealth of
Networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom (Yale
University Press 2006), which won academic awards in the disciplines of
political science, sociology, and communications policy. His work is
socially engaged, winning him the Electronic Frontier Foundation's
Pioneer Award for 2007 and Public Knowledge's IP3 Award in 2006, and
has been called a “reveille for netizens" by The Times of London and
“Internet utopianism for grown-ups” by The American Prospect. At the
same time, his work is highly grounded in economics and business.
Wealth of Networks was cited as “perhaps the best work yet about the
fast moving, enthusiast-driven Internet” by the Financial Times and was
named best business book about the future in 2006 by Strategy and
Business. His work can be freely accessed at benkler.org.