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.
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.
Like it or not open source license complexity will not disappear. OSS must develop survival strategies to navigate the minefield of new IP issues without tripping over itself.
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.
Malaysia jumps to the forefront of the world’s growing official support for the Penguin by making OSS a procurement preference for government purchases.
The UN’s grand summit to articulate a common vision for the global Information Society disappoints and, at the end of the day, only serves to marginalize the people who need the benefits of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) the most.