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Monday, August 05, 2002

In the Summer issue of the Boston Review David Bollier summarizes the issues and his own recent work on reclaiming the commons, including the information commons. Excerpt: "Gift economies are the animating force behind scientific research communities, blood donation systems, New York City's community gardens, and Alcoholics Anonymous....The invaluable role of public science is reflected as well in medical patents. According to a study commissioned by the National Science Foundation, 'more than 70 percent of the scientific papers cited on the front pages of U.S. industry patents [were products of] public science' —government or academia— while only 17 percent were industry sponsored."