Rent v innovation pt 2

Having complained about software companies' arbitrary and self-serving redefinition of what it is to buy a product, I wanted to reflect on the alternatives. I work from home as a freelance writer, so I have more choice about the software I use than the average corporate bod. I also have to pay for it for... Continue Reading →

Rent v innovation: software leads the charge

Software companies' behaviour over licensing epitomises the problematic emergence of extractive capitalism, with trust becoming a growing problem for business. In the early days of the current phase of personal computing, there was some legal clarity about what kind of "thing" software was: it was like a book. You could buy a copy, and use... Continue Reading →

Why work for nothing (2)?

In the second part of this series I'll be looking at how the internet has put a new pressure on ideas of ownership and value. The internet has a fundamental affinity with the idea of "free". It was not created for profit, but by the US military and the academic world to enable collaboration, and... Continue Reading →

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