"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
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