A month or so ago I posted excerpts from a paper I gave in London. The excerpts highlighted a particular aspect of expropriation and exploitation of the common in communicative capitalism, what I referred to as the expropriation and exploitation of the network. The argument focuses on the winner-take-all or winner-take-most characteristic of some forms of contemporary production.
What I didn't know about at the time was the "America Competes Act:"
The law—its cringeworthy official name is the America Creating Opportunities To Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act—overhauls the way the federal government supports private-sector R & D, and one of the main ways the government hopes to support R & D is with prizes. Lots of prizes.
In the rest of this post, I repost a couple of paragraphs from my discussion of prizes, the one, and network exploitation, connecting them with the Obama administration's focus on prizes.