Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software
by Christopher M. Kelty
Publisher: Duke University Press 2008
Number of pages: 396
The author investigates the history and cultural significance of Free Software, revealing the people and practices that have transformed not only software but also music, film, science, and education. He explains how these specific practices have reoriented the relations of power around the creation, dissemination, and authorization of all kinds of knowledge.
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The book is a mixture of futuristic prophecy and historical perspective covering all aspects of computer technology, some frightening, some fanciful. Rawlins reminds us that computers can only reflect the needs and values of their users.
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