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For many people in developing countries, commercial software packages are not an option because they are expensive, do not come in local languages and cannot be shared or adapted.

Advocates of the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movement argue that the tools of information and communication should be in the public domain. But commercial software companies say they spend huge sums of money on research and development, and need to recoup their investments.

This briefing paper for journalists explores how these opposing views can be reconciled in the interests of millions of potential software users in the developing world, and asks if open source software can change the digital world. 


Media Brief | Giving away secrets