How markets coopted free software's most powerful weapon (LibrePlanet '18 Keynote) — Benj. Mako Hill

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Shared June 19, 2018

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Description: In my closing keynote address for LibrePlanet 2018, I suggest that a growing number of companies have learned from digital commons like free software, Wikipedia, and Couchsurfing and increasing outcompeting similar free and open commons. I point to Airbnb and Apple as example of this. I share some ideas of what I think that those of us that care should do about this.

Speaker: Benjamin Mako Hill (

Talk title: "Whither peer production? Free software and the shifting landscape of online cooperation"

Keynote address at LibrePlanet 2018 (