NewsForge: High-Tech Social Enterprise Reaps Free Software’s Benefits

“Benetech is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to use
technology to improve the world. The organization’s varied projects
toward doing so include reading tools for the blind, landmine
detection hardware, and a software system to document human rights
violations. To help them in their work, the organization’s 30
employees worldwide, from Bangkok to Africa to the US West Coast,
depend upon free software–but not exclusively.

“‘Essentially, we help other human rights teams worldwide to do
their work,’ explains CTO Dr. Patrick Ball, who is no stranger to
free software–he uses Linux and open source software extensively
at Benetech, and points out its successes and failings…”


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