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Free Software Magazine: Free Software and Politics in Yankeetown

Dec 18, 2006, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Seely)

"The picturesque village of Yankeetown on Florida's Nature Coast has been the recent target of a large time-sharing resort condominium development proposal. Several townsfolk looked into the development and discovered what appeared to be corrupt practices in the town government. A loosely organized group of citizens decided to coordinate and share information via a web presence. Beyond any expectations, the picture albums, message boards, and mailing lists they used have been the catalyst for gaining state-wide attention and have led to direct intervention from the Governor's office. This article describes the technical implementation and evolution of this grassroots movement, showing how a variety of basic free software tools were assembled to create a tool for political change..."

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