How to reap the benefits of the “digital revolution”? Modularity and the commons

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Vasilis Kostakis

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A significant potential of the digital revolution has not been fully realized. A contextual shift has to take place to build institutions that would harness the power of a fundamental aspect of digital technologies: modularity. I show why modularity lies at the heart of digital technologies and describe its strengths and drawbacks. Further, I discuss an emerging mode of production premised on modularity, which may point towards a more sustainable and inclusive digital transformation yet to come.

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Vasilis Kostakis, Tallinn University of Technology

Vasilis Kostakis is Professor of P2P Governance at TalTech and Faculty Associate at Harvard University. He is also Visiting Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Vasilis is the founder of the P2P Lab and core member of the P2P Foundation.