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Coding Freedom by E. Gabriella Coleman

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CHAPTER 5

Code Is Speech

Like many computer aficionados today, Seth Schoen writes all of his software as free software to ensure that the source code—the underlying directions of computer programs—will remain accessible for other developers to use, modify, and redistribute. In so doing, Schoen not only makes technology but also participates in an effort that redefines the meaning of liberal freedom, property, and software by asserting in new ways that code is speech. A tiny portion of a 456-stanza haiku written by Schoen (2001), for example, makes just this claim:

Programmers’ art as

that of natural scientists

is to be precise,

complete in ...

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