The Digital Commons: Tragedy or Opportunity? A Reflection on the 50th Anniversary of Hardin’s Tragedy of the Commons

Posted: 14 Dec 2018

Date Written: December 13, 2018

Abstract

On the 50th anniversary of Garrett Hardin’s “The Tragedy of the Commons”, this article considers the benefits and potential downsides of the digital commons, which emerged well after Hardin wrote his seminal article. Unlike the physical world Hardin wrote about, the digital world is essentially infinitely abundant, which leads to a very different tragedy, and many new opportunities.

Suggested Citation

Nagle, Frank, The Digital Commons: Tragedy or Opportunity? A Reflection on the 50th Anniversary of Hardin’s Tragedy of the Commons (December 13, 2018). Harvard Business School Strategy Unit Working Paper No. 19-060. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3301005 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3301005

Frank Nagle (Contact Author)

Harvard Business School ( email )

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United States

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