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NewsForge: A Decisive Victory for Open Source in the Political Arena

Dec 24, 2004, 13:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Hennessey)

"In political campaigns, flexibility, speed, and cost really are killer apps. Candidates are more interested in results than process. Strangely enough, open source solutions really fit well into this kind of environment.

"Bethlehem, N.Y., is a town with a population of 31,000 people. Every two years, the town elects a town supervisor. I became one of the campaign managers for the town supervisor campaign, and we put together a strategy that would try to get our message out with the lowest cost and highest flexibility. That's where open source came in..."

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