Monday, June 4, 2012

"The New Eco-digital Commons"

"Participatory sensing is only one of the ways in which networking technologies can help create new bodies of aggregated knowledge that would otherwise be impossible. Consider the System for Rice Intensification, an international collaboration of rural rice farmers who trade advice on the Internet, open-source style, to learn how to improve yields without using GMOs or pesticides. The project has bridged the local and the global, enabling bottom-up, trans-national collaboration to improve rice yields on marginal plots of land around the world."

Can't you just hear Monsanto quaking in their boots?  If the crowd can accomplish what a giant corporation can accomplish for free, shouldn't the crowd at least get free Internet?

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