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In this essay we argue that the current social and ethical structure in the Open Source Software OSS Community stem from its roots in academia. The individual developers experience a level of autonomy similar to that of a faculty member. Furthermore, we assert that the Open Source Software...
This paper is the result of the research I undertook at Lancaster University with a Marie Curie Fellowship during the academic years 20002002. The objective of this research was to study the limits and the challenges of the analogy between molecular geneticists work and hackers activities. By...
According to its supporters open source software is more secure and reliable than proprietary code, and even tends to foster more innovation. Its technical superiority can be linked to the ongoing peer review process which typifies the open source model. In addition, programs such as Linux offer...
The purpose of an oversight structure or institution is to protect human subjects from research that would pose unacceptable dangers or deny human rights. Review boards provide an independent assessment of research proposals. This additional level of scrutiny is meant to provide an additional...
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