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Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software

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Item Summary Kelty, Christopher 2010-06-17T20:46:07Z 2010-06-17T20:46:07Z 2008
dc.identifier.citation Kelty, Christopher. 2008. Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-8223-4242-7
dc.identifier.other Former Mana'o EPrint ID121
dc.description Refereed
dc.description Contents: Part I, THE INTERNET: 1. Geeks and Recursive Publics; 2. Protestant Reformers, Polymaths, Transhumanists; Part II, FREE SOFTWARE: 3. The Movement; 4. Sharing Source Code; 5. Conceiving Open Systems; 6. Writing Copyright Licenses; 7. Coordinating Collaborations; Part III, MODULATIONS: 8. "If We Succeed, We Will Disappear"; 9. Reuse, Modification, and the Nonexistence of Norms; Conclusion: The Cultural Consequences of Free Software
dc.description.abstract This is a book about Free Software, also known as Open Source Software, and is meant for anyone who wants to understand the cultural significance of Free Software. Two Bits explains how Free Software works and how it emerged in tandem with the Internet as both a technical and a social form. Understanding Free Software in detail is the best way to understand many contentious and confusing changes related to the Internet, to “commons,” to software, and to networks. Whether you think first of e-mail, Napster, Wikipedia, MySpace, or Flickr; whether you think of the proliferation of databases, identity thieves, and privacy concerns; whether you think of traditional knowledge, patents on genes, the death of scholarly publishing, or compulsory licensing of AIDS medicine; whether you think of or net neutrality or YouTube—the issues raised by these phenomena can be better understood by looking carefully at the emergence of Free Software.
dc.description.sponsorship HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory)
dc.publisher Duke University Press
dc.subject Free Software
dc.subject Open Source Software
dc.subject Internet
dc.subject collaboration
dc.subject copyright
dc.subject culture
dc.subject commons
dc.subject recursive publics
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnology
dc.title Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software
dc.type Book
Appears in Collections: Mana'o - Papers on Anthropology

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