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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


The original model of the internet developed as an electronic commons for scientists and academics. It will be only a matter of time before the same rich and powerful information barons who already control such "fourth estate" communication industries as newspaper, magazine and book publishing, television networks and movie production facilities establish their toll-booths on the information superhighway as well. Fortunately, within this electronic ocean of corporate and proprietary feudalism, there may also be room for an archipelago of freistaaten; "free citystates" functioning as autonomous and self-governing islands for the arts, sciences, humanities, social service and community.

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Paper presented as "The Internet As Commons: A Tale of Enclosure." Annual Meeting of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. Toronto CA. October, 1993.



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