The Telekommunist Manifesto The Telekommunist Manifesto

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The Telekommunist Manifesto

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CONTENTS FOREWORD

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INTRODUCTION

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PEER-TO-PEER COMMUNISM VS. THE CLIENT-SERVER CAPITALIST STATE

The Conditions of the Working Class on the Internet Trapped in the World Wide Web Peer Production and the Poverty of Networks Venture Communism

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MANIFESTO OF THE TELEKOMMUNISTEN NETWORK

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A CONTRIBUTION TO THE CRITIQUE OF FREE CULTURE

Copyright is a System of Censorship and Exploitation The Creative Anti-Commons Free Software: Copyright Eats Itself Free Culture Requires a Free Society: Copyfarleft

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PEER PRODUCTION LICENSE: A MODEL FOR COPYFARLEFT

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VENTURE COMMUNISM AND COPYFARLEFT

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REFERENCES

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COLOPHON Network Notebooks editors: Geert Lovink and Sabine Niederer Producer of this publication: Rachel Somers Miles Copy editing: Rachael Kendrick Design: Studio Léon&Loes, Rotterdam http://www.leon-loes.nl Printer: Raamwerken Printing & Design, Enkhuizen Publisher: Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam Supported by: School for Communication and Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Domein Media, Creatie en Informatie) and Stichting Democratie en Media. The Telekommunist Manifesto is composed of texts that have been extended and reworked by Dmytri Kleiner, from texts by Joanne Richardson, Brian Wyrick and Dmytri Kleiner, 2004–2008. If you want to order copies please contact: Institute of Network Cultures HvA Interactive Media Singelgrachtgebouw Rhijnspoorplein 1 1091 GC Amsterdam The Netherlands http://www.networkcultures.org [email protected] t:+31 (0)20 59 51 866 – f: +31 (0)20 59 51 840 A pdf of this publication can be freely downloaded at: http://www.networkcultures.org/networknotebooks This publication is licensed under the Peer Production License (2010). Commercial use encouraged for Independent and Collective/Commons-based users. To view a full copy of this license, see page 44 of this publication. Amsterdam, October 2010. ISBN/EAN 978-90-816021-2-9

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Foreword I coined the term ‘Venture Communism’ in 2001 to promote the ideal of workers’ self-organization of production as a way of addressing class conflict. Telekommunisten is a collective based in Berlin, Germany, where I have lived since 2003. I first encountered the term ‘Telekommunisten’ (which became the name of the collective) in 2005, while visiting the apartment of a friend. He and his roommate had given the name ‘Telekommunisten’ to the local area network used in their apartment to share internet access. Telekommunisten had been used as a derogatory term for Germany’s former state telephone company, Deutsche Telekom, which is now a private transna