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Unstrung Letter G – Grok it like a geek: Understanding the ethics and interests struggling over the future of the internet

Unstrung Letter G – Grok it like a geek: Understanding the ethics and interests struggling over the future of the internet

By Ambjörn Elder

Come learn how to “Grok it like a Geek” – which may be about exclusionary masturbatory practices among Star Wars fans or may be a way of conceptualizing the current interests struggling for power over the internet and its language, code.

For some background on the subject of April 15th’s lecture, check out the 3 links below. These are for pleasure, not for homework, so feel free to come even if you don’t look at the readings.

* On geeks and the ethics of technology: “Geeks, Social Imaginaries, and Recursive Publics” by Christopher Kelty.

* On government and the Internet: “The Global Governance of the Internet: Bringing the State Back In” by Daniel Drezner.

* For the canonical example of an ethically motivated approach to computer software, read The Free Software Definition.

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