Paula Bach, Michael Twidale
Can open source software save the world? Recently Brian Behlendorf, who helped found and develop the Apache Web server open source project and now sits on the Mozilla Foundation board, asked this question. He discussed how open source systems are being built to address some of the world's major problems: economic distress, natural-disaster responses, broken healthcare systems, education crises, and more. In July 2009 a group of open source advocates, some of them from large, high-profile open source projects and foundations, launched Open Source for America. Its mission is to serve as a "central advocate to encourage broader U.S.…
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