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Hacking Capitalism

The Free and Open Source Software Movement

By Johan Söderberg

Routledge – 2007 – 252 pages

Series: Routledge Research in Information Technology and Society

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Description

The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movement demonstrates how labour can self-organise production, and, as is shown by the free operating system GNU/Linux, even compete with some of the worlds largest firms. The book examines the hopes of such thinkers as Friedrich Schiller, Karl Marx, Herbert Marcuse and Antonio Negri, in the light of the recent achievements of the hacker movement. This book is the first to examine a different kind of political activism that consists in the development of technology from below.

Reviews

"…an excellent resource for those interested in Marxist studies, labor history, the FOSS movement, and current trends in computing… Recommended."

- P. L. Kantor, University of Advancing Technology, Choice

Contents

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: Hackers

Chapter 2: Post-Fordist Capitalism

Chapter 3: The Commodification of Information

Chapter 4: Consumption-Production of Sign Values

Chapter 5: Immaterial Labour

Chapter 6: World Markets and Global Gift

Chapter 7: Play Struggle

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Author Bio

Johan Söderberg was educated at the Falmouth College of Arts in England and holds a degree in Science and Technology Policy from Lund University, Sweden.

Name: Hacking Capitalism: The Free and Open Source Software Movement (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Johan Söderberg. The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movement demonstrates how labour can self-organise production, and, as is shown by the free operating system GNU/Linux, even compete with some of the worlds largest firms. The book examines the hopes of such...
Categories: Social Class, Sociology of Science & Technology, Sociology of Work & Industry, Computer Science