This paper examines distributed computing projects in which users allow their unused computing resources to be used by third parties. As well as being the latest manifestation of an internet gift economy, these projects represent technological prototypes for resource sharing over the internet - ideas that are being pursued by capital for different reasons. The resultant tension between gift and commodity has led to competing claims for control over spare processing power. This paper examines examples of distributed computing and conflicts that have arisen over its control.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Media international Australia incorporating culture & policy|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|