I hope this is the right forum to ask that question!
I think that computer skills and programming knowledge will be THE decisive factor for the generations to come. I think each and every child everywhere in the world should learn how to code and master a computer.
As I am very interested in the political implications of that, I am looking for articles, scientific publications and blog entries on the politics of the open source community (especially concerning Linux and programming languages, but open to Wikipedia and other common effort projects).
My questions are: - How many people are really involved and how are actions and decisions distributed (my guess: 1% do 95% of the work)? - How are the productive networks distributed locally? How much is decided and programmed in the US and Europe, how much elsewhere? - How are women involved? Do they contribute differently and what initiatives are working for getting more women into computing?