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Peer Production and Software: What Mozilla Has to Teach Government (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning)

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Firefox, a free Web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation, is used by an estimated 270 million people worldwide. To maintain and improve the Firefox browser, Mozilla depends not only on its team of professional programmers and managers but also on a network of volunteer technologists and enthusiasts--free/libre and open source software (FLOSS) developers--who contribute their expertise. This kind of peer production is unique, not only for its vast scale but also for its combination of structured, hierarchical management with open, collaborative volunteer participation. In this MacArthur Foundation Report, David Booth examines the Mozilla Foundation's success at organizing large-scale participation in the development of its software and considers whether Mozilla's approach can be transferred to government and civil society. Booth finds parallels between Mozilla's collaboration with Firefox users and the Obama administration's philosophy of participatory governance (which itself amplifies the much older Jeffersonian ideal of democratic participation). Mozilla's success at engendering part-time, volunteer participation that produces real marketplace innovation suggests strategies for organizing civic participation in communities and government. Mozilla's model could not only show us how to encourage the technical community to participate in civic life but also teach us something about how to create successful political democracy.

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An examination of Mozilla's unique approach to software development considers how this model of participation might be applied to political and civic engagement.

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David R. Booth is Creative Writing Professor in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. His work has appeared in Washington Square, The Missouri Review, Opium, and other periodicals.

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ISBN:
9780262514613
Subtitle:
What Mozilla Has to Teach Government
Author:
Booth, David R.
Author:
Booth, David
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Computer software -- Development.
Subject:
Digital media - Social aspects
Subject:
Web - User Generated Content
Subject:
Web search engines
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
General-General
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning Peer
Publication Date:
20100409
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Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8 x 5.375 x 0.3125 in

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Computers and Internet » Internet » General
Computers and Internet » Internet » Information
Computers and Internet » Internet » Web » Search Engines
Computers and Internet » Internet » Web » User Generated Content
Computers and Internet » Internet » Web Publishing
Computers and Internet » Programming » Open Source
Computers and Internet » Software Engineering » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Politics » General

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