"'It's a red herring. I challenge anyone to tell me how open
source will solve any of our major problems,' a prominent professor
from the US recently posted on the BytesForAll_Readers mailing
list. Arash Zeini of Iran had a very clear answer. 'In Iran, we
live under sanctions from the US. As an Iranian you cannot do any
business with an American company. This may be good, it may be bad.
But in any case, the only way we can empower ourselves is FLOSS.
This approach gives us the necessary freedom. We have access to the
best technology and it is Free/Libre/Open and not restrictive. It
does not put us in chains, we do not need to wait till US decides
about us. If only the Iranian government would see it this way
"The goverment of Iran hasn't shown signs of being keen on
FLOSS, according to campaigners in the field in that country. So
far, the attempts to use it have not focused on the freedom aspect
of Free/Libre and Open Source Software, but rather on the fact that
it could be more secure..."