Journal of Peer Production #10: Peer production and work

Moritz Bartl moritz at
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We are delighted to announce the release of Journal of Peer Production
#10: "Peer production and work"

Issue editors: Mathieu O’Neil (University of Canberra) and Stefano
Zacchiroli (University Paris Diderot and Inria)

The increasing production of value by entities which are not compensated
for their labour means the ranks of unemployed people keep growing. We
often confuse being ‘unemployed’ with being ‘unworked’, but what it
really means is that we are ‘unwaged’. There is a lot of work to be
done, but for that to happen it needs to be separated from employment.
Where does peer production fit in? The passionate labour and abjuration
of exclusive property rights over the goods they produce of participants
in peer projects occur at the expense of less fortunate others, who do
not have the disposable income, cultural capital, or family support to
engage in unpaid labour.

On the other hand, we should avoid an overly ‘capitalocentric’ view of
the economy. New forms of solidarity can be imagined. An increasingly
large free public goods and services sector could well cohabit in a
plural economy with employment in cooperatives, paid independent work,
and the wage-earning of the commercial sector. The peer-reviewed
articles in this tenth issue of the Journal of Peer Production explore
such emerging assemblages through case studies of an online
encyclopedia, a herbarium, a scientific project, mathematical
schoolbooks, and ‘maker’ activities. The Editorial Section addresses the
interplay of capital and commons in firms and peer projects. It argues
that it is time for the Journal of Peer Production to move beyond an
exclusive focus on DIY institutions, in order to research and develop
the culture and regulations and which can grow the commons.


* Making Lovework: Editorial Notes - Mathieu O’Neil, Stefano Zacchiroli

* From the Commons to Capital: Red Hat, Inc. and the Business of Free
Software - Benjamin J. Birkinbine

* Preliminary Report on the Influence of Capital in an Ethical-Modular
Project: Quantitative data from the Debian Survey - Mathieu O’Neil,
Stefano Zacchiroli, Molly de Blanc, Mahin Raissi

* Now, the Commons - Journal of Peer Production


* Producing a Knowledge Commons: Tensions Between Paid Work and Peer
Production in a Public Institution - Lorna Heaton, Patricia Dias da Silva

* Crowdsourcing Citizen Science: Exploring the Tensions Between Paid
Professionals and Users - Jamie Woodcock, Anita Greenhill, Kate Holmes,
Gary Graham, Joe Cox, Eun Young Oh, Karen Masters

* Makers as a New Work Condition Between Self-employment and Community
Peer-production. Insights from a survey on Makers in Italy. - Massimo
Menichinelli, Massimo Bianchini, Alessandra Carosi, Stefano Maffei

* Communal Work and Professional Involvement: the Balance of Open Source
Projects - Clement Bert-Erboul

* A Critical Political Economic Framework for Peer Production’s Relation
to Capitalism - Arwid Lund


Common sense: An Examination of Three Los Angeles Community WiFi
Projects that Privileged Public Funding over Commons-based
Infrastructure Management - Gwen Shaffer

“Think Global, Print Local”: A Case study of a Commons-based Publishing
and Distribution Model - Vasilis Kostakis, Stacco Troncoso, Ann Marie

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