[NetBehaviour] The Code Breakers – a BBC World Documentary on FOSS and Development,Document Actions.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu May 11 12:38:01 CEST 2006

Coming Soon: The Code Breakers – a BBC World Documentary on FOSS and 
Document Actions

A two-part documentary, “Code Breakers” will be aired on BBC World TV 
starting on 10 May 2006. Code Breakers investigates how poor countries 
are using FOSS applications for development, and includes stories and 
interviews from around the world.

The famous digital divide is getting wider. A two-part documentary, "The 
Code Breakers," to be aired on BBC World starting 10 May 2006 examines 
whether free/open source software (FOSS) might be the bridge?

FOSS contains 'source code' that can be used, copied, studied, modified 
and redistributed without restriction. It has been around for over 20 
years but most PC owners are not aware that the Internet search engines 
and many computer applications run on FOSS.

"It's not that FOSS has had a bad press, it has had no press because 
there is no company that 'owns' it," says executive producer Robert 
Lamb. "But we found that in the computer industry and among the 
afficionados, it is well known and its virtues well understood."

The crew of the independent producers who made the film went to nearly a 
dozen countries around the world to see how the adoption of FOSS 
presents opportunities for industry and capacity development, software 
piracy reduction, and localization and customization for diverse 
cultural and development needs.

Stories from "The Code Breakers" include computer and Internet access 
for school children in Africa, reaching the poor in Brazil, tortoise 
breeding programmes in the Galapagos, connecting villages in Spain, and 
disaster management in Sri Lanka. The documentary also includes 
interviews from key figures around the world.


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