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Engendering Change? Gender Advocacy in Open Source Jun 26, 2012

The numbers of women in the field of computer science are dismal and even worse in the arena of FLOSS; a widely-cited study showed that only 1.5% of FLOSS practitioners were women (as compared with 28% in proprietary software).[1]  As … Continue reading

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How About Some Open Peer Review? Jun 5, 2012

My friend and colleague Mark Hayward and I have been working on an essay entitled “Working Papers in Cultural Studies, or, the Virtues of Gray Literature,” which we’ll be presenting at the upcoming Crossroads in Cultural Studies conference in Paris.  … Continue reading

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The Legitimizing Power of Markets: Why paying for paper serves as a proxy for ascertaining truths Mar 9, 2012

It seems that the pot is starting (or have already started) to boil over. The role of academic publishing houses in the dissemination of knowledge has attracted the attention of people outside academia.  And, certainly, it has attracted the attention of our … Continue reading

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Media Life Is A Threat To Social Order Jan 26, 2012

Media can reinforce and support agencies of socialization and agents of control – such as parents, educators, the state. At the same time, media can be viewed as potentially disrupting, undermining or otherwise threatening the established way of doing things … Continue reading

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LibreOffice: time to reconsider Open Source and power? Oct 22, 2011

[Cross-posted from DSC@KCL Blog] Having been a longtime OpenOffice.org user I was a little surprised recently when installing the Ubuntu flavour of Gnu/Linux to find that something called LibreOffice was the default office suite. It looked remarkably similar to OpenOffice.org … Continue reading

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