Extending Libre Software Beyond the IT Sphere

I am excited about this theme because:

  • It assumes that libre software is more than a software development methodology (This is not always common).

  • By focusing on the non-technological, it implies that the social structures and the framework for non-technical interactions within libre software communitqies are, in and of themselves, useful.

...but what is it about libre software that is applicable outside of IT?

  • A set of values?

  • ...ethics?

  • ...political ideologies?

What we can learn from libre software is not that a particular set of ethics, values, or politics is necessary to a practice but that certain social structures and practices encourage the cultivation and growth of productive ethics, values, and politics.