By Jessica R. Johnston
In Technological Turf Wars, Jessica Johnston analyzes the tensions and political dilemmas that coexist within the interrelationship between technological know-how, know-how and society. Illustrating how desktop safety is as keen on social relationships because it is with expertise, Johnston presents an illuminating ethnography that considers company tradition and the place of work surroundings of the antivirus industry.
Using a qualitative, interdisciplinary strategy, which mixes organizational and safety stories with serious and social research of technology and expertise, Johnston questions the motivations, contradictions and negotiations of antivirus execs. She examines the tensions among the provider ethics and revenue motives—does the unencumber viruses to generate call for for antivirus software?—and considers the dynamics inside of businesses by means of taking a look at elements corresponding to gender bias and tool politics. Technological Turf Wars is an educated, enlightened and unique view of the way the construction of desktop protection expertise is fraught with social issues.