Protocols of Control: Collaboration in Free and Open Source Software

  • Reinhard Anton Handler
Part of the Dynamics of Virtual Work book series (DVW)


Handler shows in his chapter the importance of control in producing free and open source software (f/oss). He describes how control mechanism are not exclusive to industrial production. Rather they are central for processes which are based on decentralisation and flexibility. By looking at the central role of control in f/oss, it shows that the commons and the commodities model are both subject of a computational logic that ultimately rests on control. Handler argues that while this computational logic has specific features and repercussions, it can operate differently depending on the social and cultural contexts. Computational control, embedded in the collaborative ethic of f/oss, not only allows exit points of this decentralised control but it also starts to change how software programmers collaborate.


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  • Reinhard Anton Handler
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  1. 1.Karlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden

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