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x source software (FOSS) development platforms, and blogs, wikis (e.g. WikiLeaks), and smart mobile telephony development platforms (e.g. Android). These new information infrastructures, like their more conventional predecessors (e.g. enterprise resource planning systems), necessitate a more in-depth understanding of the various rights to access, use, develop, and modify information infrastructure resources, but also of rights to regulate the former, and of rights to own parts of the information infrastructure itself. It is, thus, argued that efforts to un- derstand how contradictions and contestations around the development of an information infrastructure actually become negotiated need to take into consideration the various rights that different stakeholders claim to have on the infrastructure. This book aims at addressing this need by offering a fresh new perspective on information infra- structure development. It achieves this by drawing and adapting theory that was initially developed to study natural resource commons arrangements such as inshore fisheries, forests, irrigation systems, and pastures­while placing great emphasis on the complex problems and social dilemmas that often arise in the negotiations. INSPIRATION & INTELLECTUAL ORIGINS This book was initially inspired by studies in urban planning and infrastructure development toward the binding of scattered geographical time-spaces, while highlighting the complex socio-political and socio-