Johan Söderberg is a researcher at Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés (LATTS) and Institut Francilien Recherche et Innovation Société (IFRIS) at Écoles des Ponts, Paris. In his research he looks at open hardware projects where hardware equipment is being developed in the same spirit as free software development. He investigates what infrastructure it takes to enable user-driven innovation of tangible products. Of particular interest to him is how new divisions of labour are re-established between users, and the role of design in negotiating this process. Theoretically he is located in the intersection between STS theory and social movement theory. His analytical focus is on the users' ideas and values and how these influence the design of the technology.
Presently, Johan Söderberg is investigating a project called Rep-rap. The aim of the project is to develop an ”open source 3D printer”. The printer extrudes plastic in order to make objects. It has been designed in such a way that the printer can print about 50% of its own parts. The technology offers a versatile manufacturing process suitable for home use. Hence, if this project is successful, it might contribute to the spread of other open hardware projects. The pilot study is being funded jointly by LETStudio and Centre of Globalization and Development.
"Determining social change: The role of technological determinism in the collective action framing of hackers" New Media & Society, forthcoming.
"Free Space Optics in the Czech wireless community - Shedding some light on the role of normativity for user-initiated innovations" Science, Technology & Human Values, forthcoming.
Free Software to Open Hardware - Critical Theory on the Frontiers of Hacking (avhandling) mars 2011.
"When all that is theory melts into (hot) air - Contrasts and parallels between Actor Network Theory, Autonomist Marxism and Open Marxism” Ephemera - Theory & Politics in Organization, 10 (2) 2010, co-author Adam Netzen.
"Reconstructivism versus critical theory of technology: Alternative perspectives on activism and entrepreneurship in the Czech wireless community" Social Epistemology, 24 (4) 2010, pp. 241-264.
"Misuser inventions and the invention of the misuser - hackers, crackers, filesharers", Science as Culture, 19 (2) 2010, pp. 151-179.
"Var så god att älska det immateriellrättsliga ägandet också!", in: (eds.) Jonas Andersson & Pelle Snickars, Efter The Pirate Bay, Kungliga Biblioteket, 2010.
"Hacking as labour struggle", Capital & Class, spring 97, 2009, co-author George Dafermos.
"Hackers GNUnited", in: (ed.) Stian Eide, Free Beer, Lulu, 2009.
Allt Mitt är Ditt - Fildelning, Upphovsrätt, Försörjning, Atlas Förlag, 2008.
Hacking Capitalism - The Free and Open Source Software Movement, Routledge, 2007.