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David Bollier is a journalist, activist, and longtime scholar of the commons.  He is Co-founder of the Commons Strategies Group, Co-founder of Public Knowledge, and Founding Editor of Onthecommons.org from 2003 to 2010.  He now blogs at Bollier.org.  A Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center, Bollier is the author of more than ten books, including Brand Name Bullies and Silent Theft. He lives in Amherst, MA. Read more...

Advance praise for Viral Spiral

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“A thoroughly delightful and penetrating analysis of the different twists and turns made in creating our current digital commons—from GNU/Linux and Creative Commons and then on to the Science Commons and Open Access journals. Bollier reveals the deep thinking that went into creating these all-important institutional innovations—innovations that will shape how we learn and create in the twenty-first century.”
—JOHN SEELY BROWN
Co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation and former director of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)

“For the netizen who wants to navigate the turmoil of the digital republic, Viral Spiral shows how free we can actually make culture in our media-drenched information society.”
—PAUL D. MILLER, aka DJ Spooky

“David Bollier’s masterful work brings clarity and understanding in the epic struggle to secure the blessings of freedom in cyberspace for ourselves and our posterity. You need this book, and the commons needs you.”
—NORMAN LEAR

“Viral Spiral weaves a rich tapestry, depicting the rise of the idea of the commons and the emergence of the information commons in wonderful detail, from the perspective of a highly sympathetic observer.”
—YOCHAI BENKLER
Professor at Harvard Law School and the author of The Wealth of Networks