Social Technologies and the Digital Commons

Last year I drew on some of my Masters research* to write a chapter for a book on Open Source Software.

My text is titled 'Social Technologies and the Digital Commons' and the book is Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives, edited by Kirk St. Amant and Brian Still.

The book is very expensive (over $400 aussie, ridiculous!), so I haven't been able to buy a copy myself. But I have uploaded my text here (fuck copyright!):

The book's contents are listed here:

* My Masters thesis is online as a 17Mb zip file here:

It covers selected examples of the politics of computing development from French automata to IBM punch cards; social software as it was first conceived; ideas around FLOSS and the digital commons; and a big chapter examining (and documenting our collaborative use of) the Netmonster software (for network visualisation) made by Graham Harwood (from Mongrel & the Media Shed).