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|Address:||Center for Cultural Analysis
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New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
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I am an anthropologist with research interests in civil rights in digital society, technological innovation and social change. My research explores the relevance of anthropology to understanding democratic participation and social change in contemporary France and Europe. My dissertation, entitled "Sharing Publics: Democracy, Cooperation and Free Software Advocacy in France," is an ethnographic study of software as a site for political and cultural engagement. Based on twenty months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted offline and online in 2004 and 2005, I examine how French voluntary associations that promote free software have linked hacker contentions about property rights in software to processes of EU integration and “free-market” globalization. I argue that, in these circumstances, online practices of sharing according to free software principles—previously associated with a U.S.-centered hacker counterculture—have acquired democratic connotations specific to contemporary France and Europe.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University.