Free Software, the Digital Commons, and Globalization from Below

Free Software, the Digital Commons, and Globalization from Below : Hacking the Global

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This book explores software's pivotal role as the code that powers computers, mobile devices, the Internet, and social media. Creating conditions for the ongoing development and use of software, including the Internet as a communications infrastructure, is one of the most compelling issues of our time. Free software is based upon open source code, developed in peer communities as well as corporate settings, challenging the dominance of proprietary software firms and promoting the digital commons. Drawing upon key cases and interviews with free software proponents based in Europe, Brazil and the U.S., the book explores pathways toward creating the digital commons and examines contemporary political struggles over free software, privacy and civil rights on the Internet that are vital for the commons' continued more

Product details

  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138942987
  • 9781138942981

About Sara Schoonmaker

Sara Schoonmaker is Professor of Sociology at the University of Redlands, USAshow more

Table of contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Hiding in Plain Sight: Software and Surveillance in Everyday Life Part 2: Pathways toward the Digital Commons 2. Coding the Digital Commons: Foundations in Free Software and the Emerging Internet 3. Infecting Capitalism: Free Software as a Virus Spreading Commons through Markets 4. Forking toward the Commons: Struggles to Sustain Openness through Organizational Change Part 3: Politics of the Commons 5. Digital Politics: Organizing Digital Entrepreneurs, Consumers and Citizens 6. Internet Politics: Organizing for Civil Rights and Net Neutrality Part 4: Conclusion 7. Transboundary Publics and Globalization from Belowshow more