Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745327969 Published May 2009 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Cyberchiefs: Autonomy and Authority in Online Tribes

Mathieu O'Neil

Cyberchiefs: Autonomy and Authority in Online Tribes

Mathieu O'Neil

Distributed for Pluto Press

224 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745327969 Published May 2009 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745327976 Published May 2009 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

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 regulations of these working relationships. He examines the transformation of leadership and expertise in online networks, and the emergence of innovative forms of participatory politics.

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.

Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
PART I
1. The Autonomy Imperative
2. The Distribution of Charisma
3. The Tyranny of Structure
4. The Grammar of Justice
PART II
5. The Last Online Tribe: primitivism.com
6. The Primary War: dailykos.com
7. The Imperfect Committee: debian.org
8. The Great Sock Hunt: wikipedia.org
9. Online Tribal Bureaucracy
Notes
Index
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