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Articulating the speed(s) of the Internet: the case of open source/free software

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Holtgrewe, Ursula

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Abstract "The Internet is widely considered as a key factor of speeding up social and cultural change. It represents the merging of information and communication technologies and enables flows of information and capital, and communication and co-operation regardless of space and, possibly, time. The paper explores the example of Open Source/Free Software development, i.e. software development in self-organised projects based on a considerable share of voluntary work. Here, we find complex articulations of speeding up and slowing down technological development. Open Source/Free Software projects complement the logic of speeding up technological progress and of obsolescence with a reflexive logic of optionality, variety and sustainability which addresses the accessibility of technology and knowledge as a precondition for future creativity beyond markets and organisations." (author's abstract)
Keywords Internet; software; information technology; computer; sustainability
Classification Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology; Interactive, electronic Media
Method documentation
Document language English
Publication Year 2004
Page/Pages p. 129-146
Journal Time & Society, 13 (2004) 1
Status Postprint; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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