Mithun Bantwal Rao, Joost Jongerden, Pieter Lemmens and Guido Ruivenkamp published an article in which they sketched the contours of an autonomist-Marxist philosophy of technology (Hardt, Negri, Virno, Berardi, Lazzarrato). The article is part of a NWO sponsored research project on open source and commons. The first part of the article discusses the theories developed on technological mediation in postphenomenology (Ihde, Verbeek) and critical theory of technology (Feenberg) with regard to their respective power perspectives and ways of coping with relations of power embedded in technical artifacts and systems. The second part of the article reads technological mediation through the lens of the antagonistic power-perspective on class struggle developed in autonomist Marxism. It is argued that antagonistic resistance should be understood as a (technically mediated) practice of challenging, displacing, and thwarting capitalist relation of production and subjectification by a subversion of the circuit of production itself. In so doing, we sketched the contours of an autonomist philosophy of technology. Technologically mediated practices such as open source and commons-based production are reshuffling such concepts as designer/user, or public/private, and they are definitely changing the very face of capitalism.
The article is published open access: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13347-015-0190-2/fulltext.html