The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movement demonstrates how labour can self-organise production, and, as is shown by the free operating system GNU/Linux, even compete with some of the worlds largest firms. The book examines the hopes of such thinkers as Friedrich Schiller, Karl Marx, Herbert Marcuse and Antonio Negri, in the light of the recent achievements of the hacker movement. This book is the first to examine a different kind of political activism that consists in the development of technology from below.
"…an excellent resource for those interested in Marxist studies, labor history, the FOSS movement, and current trends in computing… Recommended."
- P. L. Kantor, University of Advancing Technology, Choice
Chapter 1: Hackers
Chapter 2: Post-Fordist Capitalism
Chapter 3: The Commodification of Information
Chapter 4: Consumption-Production of Sign Values
Chapter 5: Immaterial Labour
Chapter 6: World Markets and Global Gift
Chapter 7: Play Struggle