To ensure growth of a nation's digital economy, government information technology policy must foster innovation and openness. But good technology is not enough. Government policy must also promote an economic framework that enables good business practices.
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.
OSS can be harnessed to its full potential to help build knowledge economies in developing countries.
Real decision makers could use the lessons they learn from experimenting in v-government to implement policy and practice in real government.
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.
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.
The bazaar of countless small-scale OSS (Open Source Software) projects, by excess, confusion or negligible support, often obscures the true benefits of OSS. Now, however, a growing repertoire of grand OSS projects increasingly demonstrates the dividends of openness, collaboration and progress.