Minds and Machines

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 297–299 | Cite as

Samir Chopra, Scott D. Dexter, Decoding Liberation: The Promise of Free and Open Source Software

Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture, Routledge, New York, 2008, ix–211 pp, $95.00, ISBN 978-0415978934
  • Benjamin Mako Hill

The last half-decade has seen scores of scholarly papers and several books from a wide variety of academic disciplines attempting to explain the significance of free and open source software (FOSS) and the communities that create it. Samir Chopra and Scott D. Dexter’s Decoding Liberation offers a unique, important, and sympathetic examination. Its descriptive work is especially relevant, well supported, and refreshing. Building on this strong foundation, it offers a set of thought-provoking, if at times controversial, arguments in favor of software freedom and openness that challenges both supporters and opponents of the free software and open source movements.

Decoding Liberationunpacks the history, ethics, political economy, and aesthetic practice of free software production. Chopra and Dexter examine FOSS as a philosophically inspired social movement built by hackers and wrought through the creation of technology. There is a philosophy and politics to all technology, as the...

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Future Civic Media, Sloan School of ManagementMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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