Yochai Benkler, author of the seminal paper 'Coase's Pengiun' (pdf) which lays out the merits of commons-based production and open source, has released a new book called 'The Wealth of Networks' under a CC license. Find the downloadable PDFs of the book here, or order it from Amazon. See also an audio file in which Benkler discusses the idea here. (via Wikimedia Commons)

Coase's Pengiun is the theoretical foundation, really, of Mycroft, which is all about massively distributed peer production. (See other posts on my blog here and here, as well as coverage from the Institute for the Future) We, like, Benkler, see the potential lying dormant in the minds and hearts of millions of people, especially in the long tail, who only need a means to communicate and collaborate. Hopefully Mycroft will be that way.