PhD Candidate Paper

TitlePhD Candidate Paper
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsChan, AS
Secondary TitleScience Studies
Date PublishedFeb

National legislation to mandate the use or consideration of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) in government institutions is increasingly emerging as a strategy for FLOSS advocates in Latin America and the broader developing world. Such movements for the political use and regulation of FLOSS mark a distinct turn in the objectives and work of FLOSS advocates, whose activities largely focused on the dissemination of FLOSS as a technological artifact. This paper investigates the network of diverse actors involved in promoting FLOSS legislation in Peru, one of the first nations where a movement for FLOSS legislation emerged. It emphasizes that crucial to the work of FLOSS' network actors is not their merely technological productivity, but their cultural and political productivity - that is, their ability to produce diverse body of meaning made both evident and mobile in narratives of FLOSS use and adoption.

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