Specials / Screening of "The Codebreakers"

Screening of "The Codebreakers"

Saturday, 16 September, 22:30, Columbia Hall

"The Codebreakers"
A BBC World Documentary on FOSS and Development
© UNDP-APDIP, 2006, 40 minutes

The documentary “The Codebreakers” investigates how poor countries are using FOSS applications for development. The crew of independent producers 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 Codebreakers 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.

"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."

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