The Political Economy of Open Source Software

By Samir Chopra and Scott D Dexter.

Published by The Technology Collection

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A critique of open-source development, in which we argue that while it clearly manifests a number of anti-capitalist tendencies, it is essentially aligned with postmodern capitalist development models.

Keywords: Open source software, Free software, Political economy

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 1, Issue 7, pp.127-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.004MB).

Dr. Samir Chopra

Samir Chopra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Samir earned a BA in Mathematical Statistics from Delhi University (1984), an MS in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (1990) and a PhD in Philosophy from the City University of New York (2000). His current research concentrates on the philosophical foundations of artificial intelligence and the politics of technology. With Scott Dexter, he is working on a book on the philosophy of free software, forthcoming from Routledge.

Dr Scott D Dexter

Scott Dexter is an associate professor of Computer and Information Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He received his B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Denison University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from The University of Michigan. His research interests include network and multimedia security, distributed computing, computer science pedagogy, and the history, politics, and economics of technology. He has been an invited speaker at meetings in Philadelphia, Toronto, Prague, and the People’s Republic of China, and is co-author of an introductory programming textbook.

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