This paper asserts that a feminist political economic perspective enriches the understanding of how intellectual property of software is related to an equitable information society. This approach is used to examine how F/OSS may contribute to a people-centred and development-oriented information society. Three questions are asked: (1) Is it helpful to view F/OSS as market or non-market production? (2) How is F/OSS distributed and marketed? (3) How does F/OSS rely on gendered labour? By analysing existing writings on F/OSS, it is concluded that market production should not be privileged over other modes of production; state intervention is required to ensure an equitable distribution of F/OSS; and gendered labour needs to be made visible in the F/OSS production.
|Keywords:||Intellectual Property, Open Source Software, Feminist Political Economy|
Assistant Professor in Media Studies, Department of Communication and Journalism, Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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