but which revolution?
Sometimes I stumble across an article that makes you mad and this is one that did that to me today: The revolution will be not open source
The ICT4D revolution will not be open source. It will be created by scrappy startups like these, by people who are unapologetic about building a business for the long term, and who have bet their very livelihoods on their ability to create tools that people actually want to use. The article is published by DevResults, Herb Caudill and he refers to techchange: DevResults is just one of many mission-driven technology enterprises in the international development space. Magpiand iFormBuilder make mobile data collection software. TechChange has created an online technology learning platform for social change organizations. Souktel is doing interesting work on mobile money, knowledge sharing, and job matching.
My comment to the article:
I obviously do not agree, my dentist is using a wordpress website and using google calendar, the schools of my kids are using open source and the organisation I work for use open source as much as possible, I am using Ubuntu, Open Office, Android Open Source Project on my Phone and tablet, Kodi on my media player and postfix is delivering mail to whereever I am. Is that enough reason to conclude that the ICT4D revolution will be open source? No it is not, nor the other way around. And who is talking about a revolution anyway? we are talking about development and development based on paid proprietary software might be just expensive or will we do it on pirated software which is the current situation. Why can we just look at what is appropriate in the case we are dealing with?
But an interesting challenge for the near future.