Oekonux considers that the mode of production of free software represents a new mode of production that has the potential to supersede the capitalist mode of production.
See also Hipatia, a related Spanish language initiative.
History of the project
At the first „Wizards of OS“ conference in July 1999 a spontaneous discussion round was founded after the panel „New Economy?“. Thereupon a mailinglist was created to continue the exchange—Oekonux was founded. A website to publish texts and to access mailinglist archives, and a wiki followed soon.
In April 2001 the first Oekonux conference was organized in Dortmund followed by a second conference in November 2002 in Berlin. The third conference took place in Vienna in May 2004, where Creative Commons Austria was launched. A fourth conference was held in Manchester in March 2009 in cooperation with P2P Foundation.
The project is planning to launch a journal entitled „Critical Studies in Peer Production“.