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Re: [jox] Free Software Special Issue


Some answers belows.

Such perspective requires that the critical power of Free Software is
brought under scrutiny, moving from the undermining of the discourses of
Intellectual Property, organization of work or hierarchy, to the
understanding of the epistemological implications for computer science
and software engineering. From this point of view, arguments like the
one by David Golumbia, who sees the epistemology of computing as the
locus of production and reproduction of long standing inequalities in
power relationship, are suggesting new areas of enquiry. Is Free
Software able to critique the epistemological basis of computing? Is it
able to connect its critique of discourses of Intellectual Property and
organizational forms to the critique of the premises of software
development as a professional and research practice? 
Those are the questions this special issue is trying to answer. It is
trying to do that through papers co-authored by social scientists and
computer scientists, who will try to envision the potential for Free
Software of being a form of interdisciplinary, cultural and material,

I think we want someone that knows more about free software than David
Golumbia especially if they will provide the critical feedback. It is
not apparent to me that he does as he tends to collapse everything
related to computing into one messy goulash. We could ask Wendy Chun or

Pelle Ehn, Malmö University

Christopher Kelty, Duke University

He is at UCLA, not DUKE

Looks like a great issue!



Gabriella Coleman, Assistant Professor
NYU, Department of Media, Culture, & Communication
On Leave 2010-2011, The Institute for Advanced Study

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