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internetnews: UN Backs Open Source With New Agency

Aug 26, 2004, 22:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"The United Nations is moving to embrace open source with a new agency.

"It's called the International Open Source Network (IOSN), which is an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with a primary goal to promote Free and Open Source (FOSS) software usage.

"The IOSN is principally focused in the Asia-Pacific Region as it began as an initiative of the UN's Asia-Pacific Information Development Programme (APDIP).

"'Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) presents itself as an access solution for developing countries,' the UN backed agency states on its website..."

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