Social Construction of Freedom in Free and Open Source Software

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Ph.D dissertation, “The Social Construction of Freedom in Free and Open Source Software: Hackers, Ethics and the Liberal Tradition,”

Abstract at http://healthhacker.org/biella/coleman-abstract.pdf


Context

David Bollier in Viral Spiral:

"Anthropology professor E. Gabriella Coleman has found a similar ecumenicism in the free software movement, which is agnostic about conventional politics but adamant about its own polity of freedom. Thus, the FOSS movement has no position with respect to social justice or globalization issues, but it does demand a strict commitment to the “four freedoms” of software development."


More Information

Gabriella Coleman, “The Political Agnosticism of Free and Open Source Software and the Inadvertent Politics of Contrast,” Anthropology Quarterly, Summer 2004, pp. 507-519.