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United Nations University urges legislators to support open source software

by xavier last modified 2008-07-08 13:11

United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) experts urge parliamentarians to support open source software and information technologies as a way to let citizens participate meaningfully in the information society. They also emphasize that policy markers should consider information and communications technologies from a social rather than technical viewpoint.

Source: UNU-Merit press release

“Open source” refers to a public domain method of software development.  UNU-MERIT is a joint research and training centre of UNU and Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

UNU-MERIT researcher Rishab Aiyer Ghosh urges policymakers to consider information and communications technologies from a social rather than technical viewpoint. He said access to the information society must be provided to all citizens, without requiring them to first become customers of particular proprietary companies.

"Participation in, not just access to, the information society is important" Ghosh told the UN event, attended by members of parliament from over 40 countries.  "Open source software gives people fishing rods, not just fish."

 “The main issue here is a plea for open standards as they guarantee competition” says Prof. Luc Soete, Director of Maastricht-based UNU-MERIT, underlining the importance of this topic to the Institute’s work.  Recently published UNU-MERIT studies demonstrate the strong role of open source software in skills development.

More: http://ictparliament.org/parliamentaryforum/


About UNU-MERIT

UNU-MERIT is the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and social Research and training Centre on Innovation and Technology. UNU-MERIT provides insights into the social, political and economic contexts within which innovation and technological change is created, adapted, selected, diffused, and improved upon. The Institute's research and training programmes address a broad range of relevant policy questions dealing with the national and international governance of innovation, intellectual property protection, and knowledge creation and diffusion.

Rishab Ghosh heads the Collaborative Creativity Group at UNU-MERIT, a leading research group on open source software, open content, and collaborative creativity and innovation. For more information, visit the programme website at: http://ccg.merit.unu.edu/

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