The protections of statehood and hacker armies

This has also been posted to the Geek Feminism blog. Lately, I've seen quite a few claims that hackers are persecuted minority floating through my streams. It's not hard to believe, when we've seen the affects that the aggressive prosecution of Aaron Swartz had, that one of the hackers who helped to bring attention to … Continue reading The protections of statehood and hacker armies

Free and open source software and ‘the anarchist-libertarian ethic’

Joseph Reagle's recent paper on sexism within the free and open source software (FOSS) movement, 'Free as in sexist?': Free culture and the gender gap, makes an important contribution to our understanding of FOSS, and particularly to those who want to build a movement which is more diverse and welcoming. However, I do feel that … Continue reading Free and open source software and ‘the anarchist-libertarian ethic’

Upcoming talks: ‘Free and open source software and activism’ and ‘feminism, anarchism, and FOSS’

Next week I'll be heading over to Canberra for Linux Conference Australia, where I'll be giving a couple of talks. These will have a slightly less academic focus than many of my conference presentations: while they still draw significantly on my research, I'll be giving a freer rein to my activist interests. During the main … Continue reading Upcoming talks: ‘Free and open source software and activism’ and ‘feminism, anarchism, and FOSS’