Journal of Peer Production #10: “Peer production and work”

26th Jun 2017

We are delighted to announce the release of Journal of Peer Production #10: “Peer production and work”

Issue editors: Mathieu O’Neil (University of Canberra) and Stefano Zacchiroli (University Paris Diderot and Inria)

The increasing production of value by entities which are not compensated for their labour means the ranks of unemployed people keep growing. We often confuse being ‘unemployed’ with being ‘unworked’, but what it really means is that we are ‘unwaged’. There is a lot of work to be done, but for that to happen it needs to be separated from employment. Where does peer production fit in? The passionate labour and abjuration of exclusive property rights over the goods they produce of participants in peer projects occur at the expense of less fortunate others, who do not have the disposable income, cultural capital, or family support to engage in unpaid labour.

On the other hand, we should avoid an overly ‘capitalocentric’ view of the economy. New forms of solidarity can be imagined. An increasingly large free public goods and services sector could well cohabit in a plural economy with employment in cooperatives, paid independent work, and the wage-earning of the commercial sector. The peer-reviewed articles in this tenth issue of the Journal of Peer Production explore such emerging assemblages through case studies of an online encyclopedia, a herbarium, a scientific project, mathematical schoolbooks, and ‘maker’ activities. The Editorial Section addresses the interplay of capital and commons in firms and peer projects. It argues that it is time for the Journal of Peer Production to move beyond an exclusive focus on DIY institutions, in order to research and develop the culture and regulations and which can grow the commons.




Making Lovework: Editorial Notes

Mathieu O’Neil, Stefano Zacchiroli


From the Commons to Capital: Red Hat, Inc. and the Business of Free Software

Benjamin J. Birkinbine 


Preliminary Report on the Influence of Capital in an Ethical-Modular Project: Quantitative data from the Debian Survey

Molly de Blanc, Mathieu O’Neil, Mahin Raissi, Stefano Zacchiroli


Now, the Commons

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Producing a Knowledge Commons: Tensions Between Paid Work and Peer Production in a Public Institution

Lorna Heaton, Patricia Dias da Silva 


Crowdsourcing Citizen Science: Exploring the Tensions Between Paid Professionals and Users

Jamie Woodcock, Anita Greenhill, Kate Holmes, Gary Graham, Joe Cox, Eun Young Oh, Karen Masters 


Makers as a New Work Condition Between Self-employment and Community Peer-production. Insights from a survey on Makers in Italy.

Massimo Menichinelli, Massimo Bianchini, Alessandra Carosi, Stefano Maffei 


Communal Work and Professional Involvement: the Balance of Open Source Projects

Clement Bert-Erboul 


A Critical Political Economic Framework for Peer Production’s Relation to Capitalism

Arwid Lund 




Common sense: An Examination of Three Los Angeles Community WiFi Projects that Privileged Public Funding over Commons-based Infrastructure Management

Gwen Shaffer 


“Think Global, Print Local”: A Case study of a Commons-based Publishing and Distribution Model

Vasilis Kostakis, Stacco Troncoso, Ann Marie Utratel