My PhD project falls within the broad field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and focuses on the topic of "users and technology production". In STS, users are considered a key actors group in the study of technological production, maintenance and evolution. Therfore they should not be neglected in studies that are interested in these phenomena.
This research is interested in the role of the users in the development of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects. FOSS is a software development paradigm which embodies an ethical view of what software should be for society. Thanks to particular software licences and to the fact that the source code is publicly accessible FOSS allows for an open, collaborative and distributed way of developing and maintaining software.