Communes, commonism and co-ops: rethinking the university as a hackerspace

Winn, Joss (2015) Communes, commonism and co-ops: rethinking the university as a hackerspace. In: British HCI Conference 2015, 13-17 July 2015, Lincoln, UK.

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Contribution to the HCI, Politics and Activism panel at the British HCI Conference 2015.

In this talk I reflect on the history of hacking and its origins in the 'commune' of the academy (Winn, 2013). I then discuss the role of Copyleft licenses (Stallman, 2010) as "the practical manifestation of a social structure" (Weber, 2004, 85; Winn, 2015); a form of administration for the production of 'commonism' (Dyer-Witheford, 2007; Neary and Winn, 2012). Finally, I argue that the emerging form of 'open co-operative' can be understood as a latent material response to Stallman's original predicament when Venture Capitalism took over his 'Garden of Eden': mutual ownership and control of knowledge production. Significantly, the "crucial innovation" for an emerging form of 'open co-operative' (Bauwens, 2014) is a further adaptation of Copyleft called Commons-Based Reciprocity Licenses, or 'Copyfarleft' (Kleiner, 2007), thereby uniting co-operative legal structures with subversive licensing contracts. To what extent can we reconstitute higher education and the idea of the university along the lines of an open co-operative, so that academic science can continue to contribute to the common good? (Winn, 2015) All Power to the Communes!

Keywords:open co-operatives, hacking, copyleft, higher education, academic commons
Subjects:L Social studies > L391 Sociology of Science and Technology
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
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ID Code:17806
Deposited On:06 Jul 2015 09:31

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