By Christopher M. Kelty
Drawing on ethnographic examine that took him from a web healthcare start-up corporation in Boston to media labs in Berlin to younger marketers in Bangalore, Kelty describes the applied sciences and the ethical imaginative and prescient that bind jointly hackers, geeks, attorneys, and different loose software program advocates. In each one case, he exhibits how their practices and lifestyle contain not just the sharing of software program resource code but in addition methods of conceptualizing openness, writing copyright licenses, coordinating collaboration, and proselytizing. by way of exploring intimately how those practices got here jointly because the loose software program stream from the Nineteen Seventies to the Nineteen Nineties, Kelty additionally considers the way it is feasible to appreciate the recent hobbies rising from unfastened software program: tasks corresponding to inventive Commons, a nonprofit association that creates copyright licenses, and Connexions, a undertaking to create an internet scholarly textbook commons.
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