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David Bollier

cofounder, Public Knowledge

David Bollier has spent much of the past 10 years studying the commons as a new paradigm for economics, politics and culture. He has pursued this work as an editor of Onthecommons.org, and as an author, activist and speaker. Bollier's most recent books include *Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Commons Wealth* (2002); *Brand Name Bullies: The Quest to Own and Control Culture* (2005); and *Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own* (2009). He has worked with American television writer/producer Norman Lear on a variety of political and public affairs projects since 1984. He is also Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, and co-founder of Public Knowledge, a Washington policy advocacy organization that defends the public's state in copyright and digital technologies.