Keynote: Weapons of the Geek
What are the different elements – legal, ethical, and aesthetic – that have fed into the stellar success of the free and open source software movement? In this talk, drawing on material from my forthcoming book, I will discuss the unique elements within F/OSS that constitute it as a site of political action, and contextualize free software within a wider field of geek and hacker politics. I will conclude by marshaling this material to critically assess the concept of Web 2.0, which has so powerfully structured understandings of the politics and power of digital media.
Acat, Anonymous, hackers, hacker etics, builders vs breakers, Craftmanship, Copyleft, freespaces - request for comments, BBSand IRC, free software project, Hack Lab, Hack Space, Free Software Confrerence.