Questioning technology in South America: Ecuador's FLOK Society project and Andrew Feenberg's technical politics

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This paper examines Andrew Feenberg's radical democratic politics of technology in relation to the context of Ecuador's free and open software movement. It considers the articulation of this movement via the government sponsored activist project FLOK Society (Free/Libre Open Knowledge Society). Based on an ethnographic study (2015-16), which included interviews with FLOK Society coordinators, the paper discusses how such government-activist collaborations, may be useful in expanding Feenberg's notion of technical politics and the nature of representation in the technical sphere. More specifically, the paper looks at the political shaping of technology, in relation to concepts about 'the Good Life', or 'Buen Vivir' in the case of Ecuador, and its drive toward a knowledge economy, based on the concepts of 'Buen Conocer' and 'Bioconocimiento' (Good Knowing and Bioknowledge). The paper argues that certain premises held by Feenberg concerning technical politics, democracy and populism in particular may need to be reconsidered in light of developments in Ecuador.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)13-25
Número de páginas13
PublicaciónThesis Eleven
Volumen138
N.º1
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 1 feb. 2017
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