Yochai Benkler

As part of our communication activism unit, we learnt about an American-Israeli author named Yochai Benkler. Yochai Benkler covered the document of ‘Distributed Innovation and Creativity, Peer Production, and Commons in Networked Economy’.  I learnt that Benkler’s notion of social production includes   The use of Wi-Fi has created information flows that did not exist twenty years ago as Benkler stated that decentralised networks which allow the sharing of information.  

Benkler also covered the notion of social production, where individuals act for social, emotional or ideological reasons.  For example, singing, writing and taking photographs and helping each other for a common cause (mobilising). Benkler stated that the networked information ‘economy’ has allowed some of the activities as is driven by the same motivations and it moves from being important socially to taking important space at the heart of one of the most advanced economies in the world, at the heart of cultural and information production sectors and it is also at the heart of what it means to be a citizen in a democratic society.  Benkler touched on the emerging technology practicality of social and peer production. Peer production refers to collaborations such as Wikipedia. Furthermore, peer production is the notion of  interacting with high rates of change and the complexity of innovation and production systems .

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