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Is Free and Open Code a Form of Infrastructure? How About the Humans Who Write It?

Sep 02, 2007, 00:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doc Searls)

"I was looking at what my friend Stephen Lewis wrote in HakPakSak a few days ago--specifically newspapers' roles as public trusts and cornerstones of our informational infrastructure--i.e., sources of solid information and independent commentary essential to informed citizenry, democratic government, effective public policy, and well-functioning economies. What this brought up for me is the notion that human beings are themselves infrastructural; especially when they are constructive contributors to the structure we call civilization.

"Here in the free software and open source (FOSS) worlds, we're used to making, and employing, building materials that are products of human mentation..."

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