Technology and the Common Good

Technology and the Common Good

The Unity and Division of a Democratic Society

Allen Batteau


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Building on the work of Elinor Ostrom (Governing the Commons) the author examines how the different shared goods of a democratic society are shaped by technology and  demonstrates how club goods, common pool resources, and public goods are supported, enhanced, and disrupted by technology. He further argues that as the common good is undermined by different interests, it should be possible to reclaim technology, if the members of the society conclude that they have something in common.


Allen Batteau:

Allen Batteau is a cultural anthropologist, Professor at Wayne State University's Department of Anthropology, and former director of the University's Institute for Information Technology and Culture. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Air Force, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration, and numerous other corporate and international bodies. He is a certified private pilot, and co-author (with Jing Hyung-Sing) of Dragon in the Cockpit (Routledge, 2015), a study of cultural issues in aviation safety.