Confusion and Collectivism in the ICT Sector: Is FLOSS the answer?


Marks A, Chillas S, Galloway L & Maclean G (2021) Confusion and Collectivism in the ICT Sector: Is FLOSS the answer?. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 41 (1), pp. 167-188.

Information and communication technology (ICT) workers rarely join trade unions. This is usually explained by the individualized nature of work. This article examines broader forms of collectivism for these workers, drawing on survey and interview data. The focus is on social class, attitudes towards unions and professional bodies and participation in the broader ICT community – specifically Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). The findings reveal absence of formal collective frames of reference or organization, yet the creativity, autonomy and initiative central to the identity of ICT workers may offer opportunities for collectivization particularly with regard to participation in FLOSS communities.

Class; collectivism; ICT workers; open source software; unions

Economic and Industrial Democracy: Volume 41, Issue 1

Publication date01/02/2021
Publication date online13/03/2017
Date accepted by journal27/01/2017