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CIO Insight: Open-Source, Closed Minds

Oct 07, 2003, 20:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lawrence Lessig)

"There's something obvious to anyone close to technology today: Nonproprietary technology helps proprietary enterprise.

"For example, the global positioning system was set free for commercial development by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. The consequence was an explosion of commercial technologies building upon GPS. The National Weather Service makes a vast amount of this data freely available. Literally thousands of enterprises use these data for commercial and noncommercial purposes. The U.S. government makes GPS-spawned mapping data available as well. That's why MapQuest can happen easily in the U.S., but only much more slowly in the rest of the world..."

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