Free, Open Source Software Advocacy as a Social Justice Movement: The Expansion of F/OSS Movement Discourse in the 21st Century

  title={Free, Open Source Software Advocacy as a Social Justice Movement: The Expansion of F/OSS Movement Discourse in the 21st Century},
  author={John L. Sullivan},
  journal={Journal of Information Technology \& Politics},
  pages={223 - 239}
  • J. L. Sullivan
  • Published 9 June 2011
  • Computer Science
  • Journal of Information Technology & Politics
ABSTRACT This article argues that the rhetorical discourse found among free, open source software (F/OSS) movements is being expanded beyond the traditional constituency of software hackers to encompass a larger group of non-expert users and other advocacy organizations. In so doing, the initial goals of free software advocates are being dramatically expanded to include broader aims of digital freedom and social justice. Utilizing the concept of social movements from political sociology, this… 
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