Information is crucially important to the constitution of culture, science, art, and society. In the digital age, the inherent tension underlying the nature of information has become blatantly apparent to all of us. As Stewart Brand put it, back in 1984,
“on the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time.”
As we move into an era where information is both free and expensive, regulating its flows to strike the right balance between its societal and monetary value has become a key issue. The outcome of this process will affect how “free”, “public”, or “common” information can be. Part of information's value is that it is used to create knowledge, which in turn can translate into products, services, artworks, or technologies.
-- Calimaq and David