Made by Users. How Users Improve Things, Provide Innovation and Change Our Idea of Culture
Mirko Schaefer

Author: In this paper I describe:
a) how the collaborative work of competent users is providing innovation and that this could create
b) an interactive market, where product definitions are possible only for a moment before these artefacts become modified or reshaped and that this raises questions concerning copyrights and democracy.
In conclusion my paper will argue that an interdisciplinary action between social sciences and computer sciences will be necessary to understand the cultural practices in the digital age and to formulate terms, models and a theoretical framework for transferring a valuable concept of cultural freedom into the 21st century.
The term cultural freedom describes the free access of citizens to cultural resources and their right to shape culture by using these resources. This should provoke a society wide discourse on cultural values, ethic issues and civil rights.

This essay was written for Read_Me Software Art and Cultures conference and is published in read_me Software Art & Cultures Edition 2004 .

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