Open Source Development as a Substitute for Political Will

Posted by TxtEdMacs on Jul 17, 2005 5:53 AM EDT; By Robert X. Cringely (nom de plume)
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Old, but new to this site, a bit of early history on a project to build an open source warning system. The interesting part, however, is the discovery that monitoring systems of the raw data are already in operation for differing purposes. Moreover, in at least one case the director of such a site wanted to disseminate such warnings. Furthermore, the core problem is not technological, but political will. One case is cited where the knowledge of the impending wave's arrival was known but the warning not given, because of the potential harm to the tourist industry! So here Open Source plays the role of shaming those in charge to do the "Right Thing". An odd role for technology. [Read the lower quarter for this discussion.]

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