Coleman gives us a look at how language circulates, grow, changes and is MOBILIZED to foster new actions, practices, legal regimes and labor. Freedom circulates within the hacker vocabulary in various ways historically and of course we can see it now in this particular technical-cultural-legal moment. Coleman shines a light on the tensions and the historical groundedness of this free-dom talk within classic liberalism, neo-liberalism, a growing globalism all attached to and in a recursive relationship with legal regimes and doctrines as well as very material artifacts like computers and more ephemeral ones like software. Coleman's title should give away some key touchpoints in here argument: Coding Freedom: the Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking. Let's pay attention to: ethics and aesthetics within not just the hacking community, but also let's examine, via Coleman, how these are inserted into larger public, corporate and legal debates about information, technology and the social life of knowledge.
As we move to discussion let's engage with Coleman's argument about the tensions born at the intersections of liberalism, F/OSS and a rising US-centric, expansive IP legal regime. There are many signposts along the way we can read to decipher the changing register of freedom--legal, ethical, social, material-- let's not forget the: Open Source Initiative, Debian Social Contract, GNU Manifesto, Creative Commons licenses, traditional knowledge circulation, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.