New book featuring Debian - "Cyberchiefs"
[apologies for multiple posts]
Thought you might be interested to know that my new book 'Cyberchiefs'
which analyses leadership and organisation in free software projects,
weblogs and wikis has been released. In fact, one of the case studies
deals with Debian. It's not freely distributed, though. Small puhblisher,
so, no CC (for now). Sorry. Please see the blurb below for more info.
Cyberchiefs: Autonomy and Authority in Online Tribes
PB / £ 17.99 / $ 32.95 / 978-0-7453-2796-9 / 215mm x 135mm / 242 pp
People are inventing new ways of working together on the internet.
Decentralised production thrives on weblogs, wikis and free software
projects. In Cyberchiefs, Mathieu O?Neil focuses on the regulation of
these working relationships. He examines the transformation of leadership
and expertise in online networks, and the emergence of innovative forms of
What are the costs and benefits of alternatives to hierarchical
organisation? Using case studies of online projects or ?tribes? such as
the radical Primitivism archive, the Daily Kos political weblog, the
Debian free software project, and Wikipedia, O?Neil shows that leaders
must support maximum autonomy for participants, and he analyses the
tensions generated by this distribution of authority.
?Going against all easy celebrations of an Internet culture without
authority or power structures, Cyberchiefs offers an important and
relevant account of the innovations in forms of authority expressed by the
social dynamics of Internet group formations.?
Tiziana Terranova, associate professor of Sociology of Communications and
Cultural Studies at the University of Naples ?L?Orientale? and author of
Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age.
Mathieu O?Neil is Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australian National
University in the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute,
and Principal Researcher at Australia?s Department of Broadband,
Communications and the Digital Economy. He has contributed articles to Le
Monde diplomatique, Manière de voir and Factsheet 5. He has also worked as
a magazine editor and designer, as an editor on the collective New Media
Art weblog Under the Sun, and has curated international digital art
Publisher webpage (US): http://us.macmillan.com/cyberchiefs
Obligatory Facebook page: Coming soon!
Mathieu O'Neil, Ph.D
Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute
The Australian National University
Room 4101, Coombs Building (9)
ACT 0200 - Australia
Tel: (61) 2 61 25 38 00