EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series
     
 

Wednesday, February 13, 2001
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Dr. Steven Weber

UC Berkeley

 
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What the Success of Open Source Means...

 

Abstract:

   

I will present the key arguments from my forthcoming book, The Success of Open Source. From a political economy perspective, the open source software 'process' is a remarkable example of large-scale, decentralized and ansynchronous cooperation among geographically dispersed developers operating outside of a traditional authority structure. What is the analytic problem here that social scientists should care about? What is the 'solution' to that problem that the open source process has arrived at? I will concentrate on several key implications ­ what we learn from that set of solutions that is of general interest to understanding the political economy of the Internet, network economies, and cooperation in general.

    Biography:
   

Steven Weber is associate professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley; and an associate with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE). His areas of special interest include international political economy, political and social change in the Œnew¹ economy, and the political economy of globalization and European integration. His publications include Cooperation and Discord in U.S.-Soviet Arms Control, the edited book Globalization and The European Political Economy, and numerous articles and chapters in the areas of U.S. foreign policy, political economy of the post-Cold War world, and European integration. His current research focuses on the political economy of knowledge-based industries and open-source software models (The Success of Open Source will be published in 2002). He is a consultant with Global Business Network in Emeryville, California where he works with global firms and governments on the political-economy consequences of information and communications technologies. He is also a Senior Advisor at the Markle Foundation in New York.