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Special Projects
The Information Commons

Nancy Kranich
Senior Research Fellow
Free Expression Policy Project

INTRODUCTION

For democracy to flourish, citizens need free and open access to ideas. In today's digital age, this means access to knowledge, information, and ideas online. A newly emerging concept, the information commons, offers hope of ensuring citizens' rights and responsibilities in the digital age. FEPP's project on the information commons, directed by our 2003-2004 senior research fellow, Nancy Kranich, will survey the diverse new initiatives that reflect the principles of a commons, will explore how the metaphor of the commons can reposition the public interest in information, and will illuminate the importance of the information commons to democracy and free expression.

BACKGROUND

CHALLENGES TO INFORMATION ACCESS IN THE DIGITAL AGE

THE EMERGING INFORMATION COMMONS

FROM CONCEPT TO REALITY

WHY WE NEED THE INFORMATION COMMONS

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

LINKS


The Free Expression Policy Project began in 2000 to provide empirical research and policy development on tough censorship issues and seek free speech-friendly solutions to the concerns that drive censorship campaigns. In 2004-2007, it was part of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. The FEPP website is now hosted by the National Coalition Against Censorship. Past funders have included the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America, the Open Society Institute, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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