Corporate Capitalism's Use of Openness

Profit for Free?

  • Arwid Lund
  • Mariano Zukerfeld

Part of the Dynamics of Virtual Work book series (DVW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Arwid Lund, Mariano Zukerfeld
    Pages 1-27
  3. Arwid Lund, Mariano Zukerfeld
    Pages 29-107
  4. Arwid Lund, Mariano Zukerfeld
    Pages 109-147
  5. Arwid Lund, Mariano Zukerfeld
    Pages 149-197
  6. Arwid Lund, Mariano Zukerfeld
    Pages 199-239
  7. Arwid Lund, Mariano Zukerfeld
    Pages 241-272
  8. Arwid Lund, Mariano Zukerfeld
    Pages 273-321
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 323-338

About this book


This book tackles the concept of openness (as in open source software, open access and free culture), from a critical political economy perspective to consider its encroachment by capitalist corporations, but also how it advances radical alternatives to cognitive capitalism.

Drawing on four case studies, Corporate Capitalism’s Use of Openness will add to discussion on open source software, open access content platforms, open access publishing, and open university courses. These otherwise disparate cases share two fundamental features: informational capitalist corporations base their successful business models on unpaid productive activities, play, attention, knowledge and labour, and do so crucially by resorting to ideological uses of concepts such as “openness”, “communities” and “sharing”.

The authors present potential solutions and alternative regulations to counter these exploitative and alienating business models, and to foster digital knowledge commons, ranging from co-ops and commons-based peer production to state agencies' platforms. Their research and findings will appeal to students, academics and activists around the world in fields such as sociology, economy, media and communication, library and information science, political sciences and technology studies.


collaborative prosumer peer producer wikinomics unpaid labour commercial crowdsourcing open access

Authors and affiliations

  • Arwid Lund
    • 1
  • Mariano Zukerfeld
    • 2
  1. 1.Linnaeus UniversityVäxjöSweden
  2. 2.National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)Buenos Aires CityArgentina

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