I am associate professor of Theory of Science, at the department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden.
I defended my PhD thesis, entitled "Free software to open hardware: Critical theory on the frontiers of hacking," in March 2011, at the unit for Science and Technology Studies/Department of Sociology in Göteborg, Sweden. It was based on a field study of a group of wireless network activists in the Czech Republic. The activists had invented a machine called "Ronja". It enabled them to connect their computers through visible, red light. One idea behind building these computer networks was to replace a centralised communication infrastructure susceptible to surveillance and censorship. Ronja was, so to speak, a "darknet of light".
In the following years, I studied a community-centred 3d-printer project called Rep-rap, meant to furnish a nascent "open hardware movement" with a versatile, easy-to-use and affordable manufacturing tool. In focus of my research was the political claims that had been invested in the technical concept of an open source 3d-printer by the different fractions within the Rep-rap community.
From March 2012 till March 2014, I held a post-doc position at Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés (LATTS) and Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation Société (IFRIS) in Université Paris-Est/École des Ponts. My research was on a community of users manufacturing the controlled substance Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). This case study throws light on the juridical and societal conflicts that are likely to follow in the wake of the trend towards "peer production". The study resulted in one chapter published in the awardwinning book The New Production of Users (2016), eds. Hyysalo, S., Elgaard, J. & Oudshoorn, N.
Besides my 2-year stay in France, I was a visiting scholar at Centrum pro teoreticka studia, Prague, Czech Republic in autumn 2008. The following year, I stayed for six months at Sciences, philosophies et sociétés, Namur, Belgium. In spring 2014, I was a fellow at Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologogie, Montreal, Quebec.
I am on the editorial board of four journals: Triple-C, Journal of Peer Production, Science as Culture and Engaging Science, Technology and Society.