I left science and became a web developer because of GitHub (well, because of open-source) when I discovered people in a supposedly “private” industry were actually more collaborative than the public sector culture I was a part of. But now we seem to have hit some kind of inflection point with open-source: the majority of it done for free by people who have the social capital to work for free, and the corporate world that is benefiting from it is not giving back.
I want to agree with you.
Casey Ydenberg

Comment on Contradictions of Openness

Yes, . . . I can’t quite wrap all of this up in a neat theoretical frame, but you have identified the two main contradictions I have been grappling with — (1) the insularity of academia vs the openness of tech culture, and (2) the peaceful (symbiotic?) coexistence of a techno-capitalist oligarchy with labor force of programmers who, in creating a parallel open-source economy, seem to be acting like 21st-century anarcho-syndicalists (but without any self-conscious ideology).

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