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21 January 2004

David Wilcox brings to my attention on Designing for Civil Society an article summarising the benefits of several different open source applications for activists.

Interesting and useful though the list is for some, I do think it shows a narrowness of perspective common to technically-proficient activists. It doesn’t talk about how difficult the software is for the group to install or maintain and doesn’t put much stress on whether there is a free hosted version of the software available (so an organization can just use it without having to install it or run their own web server).

The unspoken assumption of those writing seems to be that at least one person among the activist groups will know how to set up and maintain software and have access to a computer with an always-on broadband connection. Tut tut!

1 Comment

  1. Dunno. They are tools. I’m using some of them toward redoing the Free Software Consortium site (http://www.fsc.cc ) such as Drupal, and yes, it requires some technical proficiency.

    In time, perhaps, it won’t. But now it does, and that seems to fit with the title of “Top 10 Open Source Tools for eActivism”.

    There is an ‘e’ in front. 🙂

    Comment by Taran — 21 January 2004 @ 3:21 pm

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