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.




This book is a partial fulfilment of my postdoctoral FOSSINA research fellowship. I wish to extend special thanks to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for awarding me the unique opportunity to pursue this fellowship with my host institution, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in Yokohama, Japan, which coordinated, supported and supervised my research.


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