The House of Representatives has officially jumped on the open source bandwagon. A June 25 announcement declared that U.S. representatives, committees and staff would be able to procure open source software, participate in open source software communities and contribute code developed with taxpayer dollars to open source repositories.
Our aim is to make peer production autonomous in order to stimulate social and political movements rooted in that autonomy.
I put this passage in my quote file:
But technology is not neutral – and neither is code nor numbers. There are human, subjective judgments lurking behind the apparent objectivity offered by algorithms and the “user-friendly” operating systems. These technologies perform almost magically, while at the same time enabling all sorts of organizations to easily collect information about us, something that makes it that bit easier to usher in new forms of surveillance and control.
For those who want to avoid demonizing the two-party tyranny, whose “leaders” may wish to consider participation in a national conversation, we have created a new cover for the book, and made it the default cover at Amazon. The original cover is below the fold and the book available with that cover on request (epub or emob or doc).