P2P: Information Exchange & Knowledge Production

Janus Brunk Olsen, Christian Foli Larsen & Krestine Kaarup Hansen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this project we focus upon the technology mediated production process from information to(wards) knowledge within democratic P2P communities. The approach of our analysis is multidisciplinary, but mainly concerns three different aspects of decentralized P2P production: technology, sociology and philosophy. Taking our point of departure in scientific theory, well established analytical tools as well as empirical observations and qualitative interviews in relation to the two P2P projects Wikipedia and StumbleUpon, we investigate how decentralized P2P can affect knowledge production in a democratic direction. Post-evaluating, we conclude that the intersubjective collaboration and peer-review procedures of P2P on an unprecedented scale has emancipatory potentials in relation to the democratic production of knowledge committed by equipotent peers.

UddannelserFilosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidatTekSam - miljøplanlægning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato23 jun. 2006
VejledereBo Elling


  • Jürgen Habermas
  • stumbleupon
  • information exchange
  • Eric Von Hippel
  • Lawrence Lessig
  • Yochai Benkler
  • knowledge production
  • technology
  • wikipedia
  • democracy
  • Manuel Castell
  • p2p