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<nettime> Just Out: The Telekommunist Manifesto by Dmytri Kleiner

The Telekommunist Manifesto from Dmytri Kleiner is out now!
Download the pdf here:

The print edition will hopefully be financed soon. If you want to  
donate money to make this happen, please let us know!

In the age of international telecommunications, global migration and  
the emergence of the information economy, how can class conflict and  
property be understood? Drawing from political economy and concepts  
related to intellectual property, The Telekommunist Manifesto is a key  
contribution to commons-based, collaborative and shared forms of  
cultural production and economic distribution.

Proposing ‘venture communism’ as a new model for workers’ self- 
organization, Kleiner spins Marx and Engels’ seminal Manifesto of the  
Communist Party  into the age of the internet. As a peer-to-peer  
model, venture communism allocates capital that is critically needed  
to accomplish what capitalism cannot: the ongoing proliferation of  
free culture and free networks.

In developing the concept of venture communism, Kleiner provides a  
critique of copyright regimes, and current liberal views of free  
software and free culture which seek to trap culture within  
capitalism. Kleiner proposes copyfarleft, and provides a usable model  
of a Peer Production License.

Encouraging hackers and artists to embrace the revolutionary potential  
of the internet for a truly free society, The Telekommunist Manifesto  
is a political-conceptual call to arms in the fight against capitalism.

About the author: Dmytri Kleiner is a software developer working on  
projects that investigate the political economy of the internet, and  
the ideal of workers’ self-organization of production as a form of  
class struggle. Born in the USSR, Dmytri grew up in Toronto and now  
lives in Berlin. He is a founder of the Telekommunisten Collective,  
which provides internet and telephone services, as well as undertakes  
artistic projects that explore the way communications technologies  
have social relations embedded within them, such as deadSwap (2009)  
and Thimbl (2010).

colophon: Network Notebooks editors: Geert Lovink and Sabine Niederer.  
Producer: Rachel Somers Miles. Copy editing: Rachael Kendrick. Design:  
Studio Léon&Loes, Rotterdam Publisher:  
Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam.

Dymtri Kleiner, The Telekommunist. Network Notebooks 03, Institute of  
Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2010. ISBN: 978-90-816021-2-9.

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