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Coding Freedom by E. Gabriella Coleman

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PART III

THE POLITICS OF AVOWAL AND DISAVOWAL

We do not act because we know. We know because we are called upon to act.

—Johann Gottlieb Fichte, The Vocation of Man

The final two chapters engage directly with the politics of free software. Chapter 5 examines the politics of avowal and popular protest, and the conclusion looks at the disavowal of broadly conceived politics among many free software hackers.

Chapter 5 explores two different conditions under which free software developers learn about the law. It contrasts everyday legal pedagogy as it unfolds in Debian with a lively series of political protests, which I describe as a moment of ...

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