April 6, 2001

Free software would have prevented foot and mouth, other disasters

Author: JT Smith

The Register has a story saying, "Foot and Mouth, BSE and the Hatfield rail crash could all have been avoided if the
British government had the right approach to information sharing, at least according
to Richard Stallman. He reckons that all three disasters were largely to do with bad
attitudes to data, and that if ministers understood how free software works then they
would not be in such a mess now."


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