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Special Collection

Commons created by technology: The radio spectrum

Collection launched: 27 Nov 2020
In this special collection, we present two articles that trace the evolution of transnational management institutions for the use of radio frequencies in Europe for broadcasting. The radio frequency spectrum is a classic example of a technology-dependent commons, and together, these articles lay foundations for a broader, more theoretically and historically informed understanding of this resource, its peculiarities, and its shifting systems of technology and governance. The articles span the period from the origins of radio, around 1900 to about 1970.