Governments are in the cross hairs of the forces of globalization. For everyone to benefit fairly, governments in the developing world must adopt an information technology policy that balances the interests of international trade and collaboration with increased self-reliance and knowledge creation.
Open source software and traditional knowledge are close cousins in the same family of shared human knowledge. In the digital age, misapplication of concepts of property rights may strain the natural harmony of the family.
There is concern that GPL-covered software may be unworkable in up-and-coming developing countries where rampant piracy may ultimately compromise IPR protections inherent in copyright law.
FOSS has helped revitalize the academic model of knowledge cultivation which is being adopted by many of today's information harvesters.
The government functions as both a facilitator and inhibitor of the growth of knowledge. To progress toward an Open Knowledge Society, the government must balance public and private interests by protecting the freedom of information as well as by reigning in overzealous intellectual property schemes.
Open Source Software (OSS) embodies a spectrum of evolutionary forces enabling market creation and change that can reward investment in sometimes surprising ways. Furthermore, Open Source's model of collaborative technology development can be applied to other technology and information fields such as biological sciences, manufacturing and knowledge creation.
Private-Public Partnerships (PPPs) have the potential to create new promises or fulfill old ones. Open source PPPs are favorite vehicles for spurring ICT development in emerging economies. Today's efforts may be dramatically improved by learning from successful projects in other fields such as pharmacology and advanced technology development. Five principles for improving open source PPP projects are reviewed.
At the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC), true friends, supposed friends, and sworn enemies of OSS, all vied with each other to steer open source to their own advantage.
Technology collaboration and its expression as open source software can build long-term immunity against the practices of a global patent system running amok.
Springtime is the time for inspiration. Through inspiration and dedication, all OSS stake-holders must work together to enhance the code of law to better protect the code of software.