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NewsForge: Open Asia: Open Source in Iran and Israel

Sep 17, 2003, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frederick Noronha)

"'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 too!'

"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..."

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