Open Source Versus Individual Rights In Networked Culture
The debate over how digital systems should operate pits individual rights against collective identity in the case of Wikipedia.
When we think about the social and cultural implications that have come out of a more open source culture, often collaboration and collective action come to mind. This is what comes to mind when we think about the hackers and programmers coming together to write the great software systems/languages from Perl to the mother of them all Linux. Yet, as many people know the “forking” aspect of coding, in which an individual coder has the ability to splinter the overall language into disparate versions, is endemic to coding as much as collectively coding.