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Hacker culture and the FLOSS innovation

Lin, Y 2007, 'Hacker culture and the FLOSS innovation' , in: Handbook of research on open source software: Technological, economic, and social perspectives , IGI, pp. 34-46.

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This conceptual paper aims to contribute to our understanding of the FLOSS innovation and how it is shaped by and also shapes various perceptions on and practices of hacker culture. Unlike existing literature that usually normalises, radicalises, marginalises or criminalises hacker culture, I confront such deterministic views that ignore the contingency and heterogeneity of hacker culture, which evolve over time in correspondence with different settings where diverse actors locate. I argue that hacker culture has been continuously defined and re­defined, situated and re­situated with the ongoing development and growing implementation of FLOSS. The story on the development of EMACSen illustrates the consequence when different interpretations and practices of hacker culture clash. I conclude that stepping away from a fixed and rigid typology of hackers will allow us to view the FLOSS innovation from a more ecological view. This will also help us to value and embrace different contributions from diverse actors including end­ users and minority groups.

Item Type: Book Section
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Publisher: IGI
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Dr. Yu-Wei Lin
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2011 14:53
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 01:03

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