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Exploitation of the self in community-based software production: workers’ freedoms or firm foundations?

Moore, P and Taylor, PA 2009, 'Exploitation of the self in community-based software production: workers’ freedoms or firm foundations?' , Capital and Class, 33 (1) , pp. 99-119.

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Abstract

Free Software and Open Source (FS/OS) constitute a new and open, evolutionary technological arena wherein hundreds and sometimes thousands of users voluntarily explore design codes, spot bugs in codes, and make contributions to the code in a co-operative communal fashion at odds with the otherwise hugely monopolized software market. This ¿computerization movement¿ emerged as a challenge to the domination of the software market by such behemothic firms as Microsoft and IBM, and is a portrayed as having a revolutionary ¿ultimate goal¿; ¿to provide free software to do all of the jobs computer users want to do, and thus make proprietary software obsolete¿ (Free Software Foundation 2008). These developments promise emancipation from the strictures of scientific management and antiquated, hierarchical production relations. But in this paper, we ask, to what extent does FS/OS actually challenge the orthodoxy of hierarchies and power relations within the firm? Does the ego-less programming of the informationally buzzy bazaar really free participants from the stuffy pews of the cathedral and truly challenge the essence of capitalism?

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Capital and Class
Publisher: Conference of Socialist Economists (CSE)
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0309-8168
Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2011 09:52
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:09
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17615

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