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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.

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The open source ecosystem in Tunisia: An empirical study

Information and communication technology (ICT) is an effective means for economic and social progress in developing countries, touching sectors like education, administration, business and trade. However, many developing countries lack sustainable local ICT service providers, ICT-driven businesses and ICT experts and managers. This is often attributed to the lack of resources and proper strategies (or their poor implementation) in these countries.

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