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Open Codes : Skills, Participation and Democracy in New Technology Development / by Guido Nicolosi.
Nicolosi, Guido, 1970- author.
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.
xviii, 158 pages ; 22 cm
1443883735 hardcover

9781443883733 hardcover


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From a general perspective, as well as in scientific practice, technology and society are viewed as two distinct entities. Related to this view are the assumption that technology and human experience are quite different and unconnected and the idea that modernity has uprooted, de-contextualised, and disembodied technical rationality. Adopting a contrary approach, this book represents a theoretical exploration to show that, in the domain of technological development, there are significant margins for manoeuvre in which to recuperate and valorise human and social action, in order to envisage a better democratisation of technology. Primary focus is placed on open source, as potentially paving the way to a new participatory model of technology. This model makes so-called 'technical code' an open entity in which it is possible to realise creative processes, including those of re-appropriation designed to re-invent used technologies.

Author Notes

Guido Nicolosi is Associate Professor in Sociology of Culture, Communication and New Media at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Catania, Italy. A member of several research teams in national and international research programs, he has been working for the last ten years on the issue of body, technology and society.