Free Software and the Local Economy

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Rishab Aiyer Ghosh at WOS 2004

Audio and video recording of the lecture available at


How Free Software develops skills and the local economy

The main reason developers participate in the free software community is to earn and develop new skills. These skills have economic value to developers and employers. Furthermore, by increasing the degree of value that can be added locally - proprietary software inherently concentrates value addition with the proprietor - free software encourages the creation of businesses that enhance the local economy."