The Case for Government Promotion
of Open Source Software

A NetAction White Paper

By Mitch Stoltz


An alternative method of software development, called open source software, creates robust, secure software through a process of widespread peer review. This paper explains the open source concept and attempts to show how government can use open source as a vehicle for promoting economic development and as a policy tool which could assist the Justice Department in its antitrust action against Microsoft.


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About the Author: Mitch Stoltz is currently finishing his senior year as a Computer Science and Public Policy Analysis major at Pomona College, outside of Los Angeles. His interests are computer networking, encryption, consumer privacy issues and equitable access to technology. His next project is a senior thesis on Open Source as a social movement.

February 1999

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