The DCPC is an international think tank, founded in 2021. The DCPC aims to increase the recognition of the benefits of digital commons such as free and open source software and Wikipedia, and of the volunteer labour which produces these common goods. It does so by producing evidence-based public reports and other resources.
After an internal debate in May 2021, DCPC members decided not to formally incorporate as an association. This will give us time to write our own rules. Until then the DCPC will continue to operate as a collective where decisions are based on deliberation and consensus.
In 2021 the Digital Commons Policy Council was established thanks to the Ford Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Critical Digital Infrastructure Fund (2019-2021).
In 2022 the Digital Commons Policy Council received additional Operational and Pilot Research Funding (2022-2024) from the Ford Foundation.