Free software as a democratic principle

Suzor, Nicolas P., Fitzgerald, Brian F., & Perry, Mark (2011) Free software as a democratic principle. In Perry, Mark & Fitzgerald, Brian F. (Eds.) Knowledge Policy for the Twenty-First Century : A Legal Perspective. Irwin Law, Toronto, ON, pp. 17-28.

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Software forms an important part of the interface between citizens and their government. An increasing amount of government functions are being performed, controlled, or delivered electronically. This software, like all language, is never value-neutral, but must, to some extent, reflect the values of the coder and proprietor. The move that many governments are making towards e-governance, and the increasing reliance that is being placed upon software in government, necessitates a rethinking of the relationships of power and control that are embodied in software.

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ID Code: 47877
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: free software, open source, democracy, transparency, government, voting, electronic voting machines
ISBN: 9781552211724
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Intellectual Property Law (180115)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900) > Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified (189999)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2011 22:30
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2011 22:30

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