Free and Open Source Software and Technology for Sustainable Development

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Free and open source software (FOSS) technologies transcend geographical and cultural boundaries to usher in a new paradigm where volunteers collaboratively develop software for the commons. The political economy of FOSS technologies has far-reaching implications because of the centrality of information and communications technologies for development (ICT4D). The global trend in the diffusion and adoption of FOSS technologies is a testimony to the socio-economic and technological impact the software has for both developed and developing economies. While FOSS development, education and business potentials may appear as a phenomenon for the developed world, a sizable number of developing countries have undertaken bold measures to bring about innovation, sustainable ICT development and technology independence.



FOSS in school communities: An experience report from peace corps volunteers in Ghana

The problem this chapter addresses is how the presence of free and open source software (FOSS) in school communities can be increased, how to leverage the role of local attitudes and perceptions about FOSS, and best practices for foreign volunteers in encouraging sustainable adoption of FOSS in schools in developing countries. The country in the context of this Peace Corps volunteer’s experience is Ghana.


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