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NewsForge: CivicSpace Labs: Better Politics Through Open Source

Jun 26, 2005, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Corinne McKay)

"Open source software is everywhere nowadays--even in the cautious offices of political campaigns. During last year's U.S. presidential campaign, a staff speechwriter from the Howard Dean campaign begged for Linux on his laptop, according to Zack Rosen, a DeanSpace Web developer, technical volunteer coordinator and Web radio producer. Rosen says that the Dean campaign's general manager Joe Trippi was 'the first to have authority to start talking meaningfully about the concept of 'open source politics.'' Rosen and other Dean and Wesley Clark campaign alums have staked the future of their new project, CivicSpace Labs, on the idea that open source and politics can co-exist in "bottom-up people-powered campaigns."

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