‘Free’ and ‘open’ sharing is already broken.
Hailed as a triumphant subversion of property ownership conventions, the rapid growth in social media content, open data, open access journals, open educational resources and free and open source software has not delivered a free and open society.
Every day we are lured into sharing indiscriminately, allowing big corporations to pirate resources towards their own interests.
Working for hire under proprietary ownership and control, or working ‘freely’ and ‘openly’ under huge proprietary sponsorship and influence are not the only economic strategies available.
The social domain is here to intervene, to deter pirating by the largest corporations and encourage individuals, small businesses, governments and civil institutions to benefit by sharing exclusively with each other.