‘Patches don’t have gender’: What is not open in open source software

  title={‘Patches don’t have gender’: What is not open in open source software},
  author={Dawn Nafus},
  journal={New Media \& Society},
  pages={669 - 683}
  • D. Nafus
  • Published 1 June 2012
  • Sociology, Computer Science
  • New Media & Society
While open source software development promises a fairer, more democratic model of software production often compared to a gift economy, it also is far more male dominated than other forms of software production. The specific ways F/LOSS instantiates notions of openness in everyday practice exacerbates the exclusion of women. ‘Openness’ is a complex construct that affects more than intellectual property arrangements. It weaves together ideas about authorship, agency, and the circumstances under… 
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