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

Oct 09, 2006, 20:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Stutz)

"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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