Free Software for Development

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The UNDP Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (UNDP-APDIP)brought together a distinguished panel of experts for a discussion, titled

"Software for Development: Is Free/Open Source Software the Answer?"

at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis on 18 November 2005.

The video of the panel discussion is now available online at <>.

You can stream/download the video by panelists/Q&A or view the full video continuously.

The video shows the panel discussion led by:

  • Robert Kramer, Vice President of Public Policy, CompTIA
  • Louis-Dominique Ouédraogo, Inspector, UN Joint Inspection Unit
  • Bruce Perens, Vice President, Sourcelabs, Inc.
  • Mark Shuttleworth, President, Ubuntu Foundation
  • Richard Stallman, Founder, Free Software Foundation
  • Shane Wall, Vice President, Intel Corporation

Kenneth Cukier of The Economist moderated the event.

This event was organized by the International Open Source Network (IOSN), an initiative of UNDP-APDIP, with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada; and in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).