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This edition was published in by Princeton University Press in Princeton, NJ, USA.

Written in English

254 pages

Who are computer hackers? What is free software? And what does the emergence of a community dedicated to the production of free and open source software--and to hacking as a technical, aesthetic, and moral project--reveal about the values of contemporary liberalism? Exploring the rise and political significance of the free and open source software (F/OSS) movement in the United States and Europe, Coding Freedom details the ethics behind hackers' devotion to F/OSS, the social codes that guide its production, and the political struggles through which hackers question the scope and direction of copyright and patent law. In telling the story of the F/OSS movement, the book unfolds a broader narrative involving computing, the politics of access, and intellectual property.

E. Gabriella Coleman tracks the ways in which hackers collaborate and examines passionate manifestos, hacker humor, free software project governance, and festive hacker conferences. Looking at the ways that hackers sustain their productive freedom, Coleman shows that these activists, driven by a commitment to their work, reformulate key ideals including free speech, transparency, and meritocracy, and refuse restrictive intellectual protections. Coleman demonstrates how hacking, so often marginalized or misunderstood, sheds light on the continuing relevance of liberalism in online collaboration.

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The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking

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An anthropological study of Free Software hackers. A free .pdf version of this book is available on the author's website here

Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking

The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking

This edition was published in by Princeton University Press in Princeton, NJ, USA.


Edition Description

Who are computer hackers? What is free software? And what does the emergence of a community dedicated to the production of free and open source software--and to hacking as a technical, aesthetic, and moral project--reveal about the values of contemporary liberalism? Exploring the rise and political significance of the free and open source software (F/OSS) movement in the United States and Europe, Coding Freedom details the ethics behind hackers' devotion to F/OSS, the social codes that guide its production, and the political struggles through which hackers question the scope and direction of copyright and patent law. In telling the story of the F/OSS movement, the book unfolds a broader narrative involving computing, the politics of access, and intellectual property.

E. Gabriella Coleman tracks the ways in which hackers collaborate and examines passionate manifestos, hacker humor, free software project governance, and festive hacker conferences. Looking at the ways that hackers sustain their productive freedom, Coleman shows that these activists, driven by a commitment to their work, reformulate key ideals including free speech, transparency, and meritocracy, and refuse restrictive intellectual protections. Coleman demonstrates how hacking, so often marginalized or misunderstood, sheds light on the continuing relevance of liberalism in online collaboration.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
Part I Histories
1 The Life of a Free Software Hacker 25
2 A Tale of Two Legal Regimes 61
Part II Codes of Value
3 The Craft and Craftiness of Hacking 93
4 Two Ethical Moments in Debian 123
Part III The Politics of Avowal and Disavowal
5 Code Is Speech 161
Conclusion 185
Epilogue 207
Notes 211
References 225
Index 249

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Library of Congress
HD8039.D37 C65 2013, HV6773

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OL25419626M
ISBN 10
0691144613
ISBN 13
9780691144610
LC Control Number
2012031422
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Goodreads
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