Presentation at the 13th International Free Software Forum, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Abstract: In Latin America, it’s well-understood that Brazil was pioneering in considering FOSS to be both a strategy and a tool for regional economic development. But what about the rest of the world? As FOSS/OSS enters the mainstream of industry, how are countries in Europe and Asia looking at this disruptive force in software development? And what is happening in the United States where one could argue a very strong proprietary software industry is reinventing itself, with the U.S. government both following and leading the open development model?
This talk discusses FOSS from the perspective of open information technology ecosystems and government’s role in them, providing a picture of the changing landscape of software industries and the potential for localized economic benefit to those participating. It includes a perspective of how governments are experimenting with becoming more directly involved with the open source community, and to learn from them. Stories and examples are drawn for the speakers experience, research and direct involvement with government, academic and industry bodies creating exemplary projects and reference models for others to consider.