9780415876780

Decoding Liberation: The Promise of Free and Open Source Software

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    9780415876780

  • ISBN10:

    0415876788

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2009-11-09
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Choice Outstanding Academic TitleSoftware is more than a set of instructions for computers: it enables (and disables) political imperatives and policies. Nowhere is the potential for radical social and political change more apparent than in the practice and movement known as "free software." Free software makes the knowledge and innovation of its creators publicly available. This liberation of code'”celebrated in free software's explicatory slogan "Think free speech, not free beer"'”is the foundation, for example, of the Linux phenomenon.Decoding Liberation provides a synoptic perspective on the relationships between free software and freedom. Focusing on five main themes'”the emancipatory potential of technology, social liberties, the facilitation of creativity, the objectivity of computing as scientific practice, and the role of software in a cyborg world'”the authors ask: What are the freedoms of free software, and how are they manifested? This book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how free software promises to transform not only technology but society as well.

Author Biography

Samir Chopra is Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science and Philosophy at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Scott D. Dexter if Professor of Computer and Information Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Free Software and Political Economyp. 1
The Ethics of Free Softwarep. 37
Free Software and the Aesthetics of Codep. 73
Free Software and the Scientific Practice of Computer Sciencep. 111
Free Software and the Political Philosophy of the Cyborg Worldp. 145
Notesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 199
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