Yochai Benkler is a professor at Harvard Law School and the author of The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom (2006). His research focuses on issues of commons and peer production via networks, both of which he argues are part of a system he terms the networked information economy. He analyzes the decentralization of individual action and collaboration in the production of information, knowledge and culture. In his award-winning book The Wealth of Neworks he discusses the shift from physical production to the decentralization of information through new technological advancements.
Benkler has recently received the Public Knowledge IP3 Award (2006) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award (2007).