Kelty, Christopher M., 1972-

Two bits : the cultural significance of free software / Christopher M. Kelty. - Durham : Duke University Press, 2008. - 1 online resource (xvi, 378 pages) - JSTOR eBooks Experimental futures . - Experimental futures. .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Part I. The Internet. Geeks and recursive publics. Protestant reformers, polymaths, transhumanists -- Part II. Free software. The movement. Sharing source code. Conceiving open systems. Writing copyright licenses. Coordinating collaborations -- Part III. Modulations. "If we succeed, we will disappear" Reuse, modification, and the nonexistence of norms. Conclusion: the cultural consequences of free software.

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In Two Bits, Christopher M. Kelty investigates the history and cultural significance of Free Software, revealing the people and practices that have transformed not only software but also music, film, science, and education. Free Software is a set of practices devoted to the collaborative creation of software source code that is made openly and freely available through an unconventional use of copyright law. Kelty explains how these specific practices have reoriented the relations of power around the creation, dissemination, and authorization of all kinds of knowledge. He also makes an important contribution to discussions of public spheres and social imaginaries by demonstrating how Free Software is a "recursive public"--A public organized around the ability to build, modify, and maintain the very infrastructure that gives it life in the first place.

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Information society.
Open source software--Social aspects.
COMPUTERS--Information Technology.
Information society.
Open Source
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural

Electronic books.

HM851 / K45 2008