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Dave CROCKER dhc2 at dcrocker.net
Thu Oct 27 22:59:32 CDT 2011


On 10/28/2011 5:44 AM, William Herrin wrote:
> A commons is jointly owned, either by a non-trivial number of private
> owners or by all citizens of a government.


The practical use of the term is a bit broader:

    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commons>

As rule, the term gets applied to situations of fate-sharing when actions by 
some affect utility for many.

You cited air pollution.  The Internet can suffer comparable effects.

Spam can reasonably be called pollution and it has a systemic effect on all 
users.  For such an issue, it's reasonable and even helpful to view it as a commons.

d/

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   Dave Crocker
   Brandenburg InternetWorking
   bbiw.net



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