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Juha Siltala, M.A., Doctoral Student
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My main interest is the organization of Internet-mediated, distributed work. My dissertation work deals with the emergence of rules in GNOME, a large Free Open Source software project. Loose, object-oriented collaboration networks are emerging as a distinctive, new form of organization as an alternative to traditional, hierarchical organizations. My work concentrates on the defining norms and rules with which the projects regulate property rights, best practices and code of conduct within the community. The research revolves around questions of
I graduated from the University of Oulu, Finland, in 2002, majoring in the History of Science and Ideas. My interest in Free Software and the open development model comes from personal experience with Free systems and involvement with the online community of Free Software enthusiasts and in the technical user groups. My Master's thesis was a historical overview of the political thought and ethics of the worldwide community of hackers and Free Software evangelists.
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