Free & Open Source Software

Bridging the digital divide A coursework report I wrote 5 years ago about the role of open source software in bridging the digital divide, I guess still have relevance today. 5 years on, I guess the divide is a little bit narrower but still a long way to go, especially in the developing countries. These days, we all can get on the Internet and do virtually anything we want especially with the proliferation of social networks. But we should not forget that not everyone enjoy this luxury. There is even a talk on Internet access being a fundamental right, with 4 out of 5 people in a survey of 27,000 people in 26 countries agreeing to this, I sure do agree to this too. But let us spare a thought for those people, even in the developed countries, who cannot even afford to buy a computer let alone access the Internet for reasons of social/economic disadvantage. (more…)

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