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Conference in Citizenship Studies 2010
Networks and Citizenship

April 8-10, 2010
Wayne State University

Citizenship requires networks and networks can confer citizenship. The theme of the 2010 conference of the Center for the Study of Citizenship explores the similarities and the tensions between networks and citizenship in the past, present, and future. It also considers how networks have shaped citizenship and how citizenship has influenced the development of networks. Noted scholar Yochai Benkler (Harvard University and author of The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom) will give the keynote speech.

Keynote Speaker

Yochai Benkler

Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard
Faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Before joining the faculty at Harvard Law School, Benkler was Joseph M. Field '55 Professor of Law at Yale. He writes about the Internet and the emergence of networked economy and society, as well as the organization of infrastructure, such as wireless communications. In the 1990s he played a role in characterizing the centrality of information commons to innovation, information production, and freedom in both its autonomy and democracy senses.


  • Eugene Applebaum Chair - Community Engagement
  • Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS)
  • Wayne State University
  • Wayne State University Irvin D. Reid Honors College
  • Wayne State University Technology Resource Center


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