Programmers, Politics, and Protest: Software Development and Rhetorical Power

Spg 2012


Phyllis Kayten

Getting Started

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Programming Rhetoric Resources

Suggested Reference Resources
A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology (see, for example, chapter on Computer Ethics)

Suggested Searchworks Search Terms (use these terms when searching databases too)

Some Interesting Titles from our Catalog:

  • Liberating voices : a pattern language for communication revolution (an electronic book from ebrary): In "Liberating Voices", Douglas Schuler urges us to unleash our collective creativity - social as well as technological - and develop the communication systems that are truly needed.Inspired by the vision and framework outlined in Christopher Alexander's classic 1977 book, "A Pattern Language", Schuler presents a pattern language containing 136 patterns designed to meet these challenges.
  • Emerging digital spaces in contemporary society : properties of technology : a brand new book published 2011, covering the gamet of digital information perspective - see Table of Contents for more information.
  • Perspectives on free and open source software : analyzes a number of key topics including: the motivation behind F/OSS; the objective, empirically-grounded evaluation of software; the software engineering processes and tools used in specific projects, including Apache, GNOME, and Mozilla; legal, cultural, and social issues, including one contribution that suggests parallels between "open code" and "open society" and another that points to the need for understanding the movement's social causes and consequences.

Additional Databases and Journals

Additional Resources

  • Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility: a global organization promoting the responsible use of computer technology
  • TXTMob: a cell phone text messaging broadcast system developed by MIT Media Lab and the Institute for Applied Autonomy
  • Institute for Applied Autonomy: The Institute for Applied Autonomy (IAA) was founded in 1998 as a technological research and development organization dedicated to the cause of individual and collective self-determination. Their mission is to study the forces and structures which affect self-determination and to provide technologies which extend the autonomy of human activists.
  • Bikes Against Bush: an interactive protest/performance occurring simultaneously online and on the streets of NYC during the Rebublican National Convention.
  • Noisebridge: an infrastructure provider for technical-creative projects
  • Hackerspace - Blog - an internet space for hackers of all types to share information. The blog entry for Jan. 11, 2011 is an entry about HackUpy - Hacker Spaces for the Occupy Movement
  • The TOR project: Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis