software took center stage Wednesday at the UN information summit meeting here.
Samuel GuimarÃ£es, executive secretary in Brazil's foreign ministry, told government representatives at the summit meeting's opening sessions that
free-to-share software is crucial for the developing world because it enables poorer countries to develop their own technology instead of having to
That message put the maneuvering for open-source software business at the highest levels of global policy, with proponents and critics both struggling
for the endorsement of intra-governmental agencies such as the UN.
Brazil wanted the summit talks to endorse the idea that the digital divide cannot be bridged with proprietary software and that open-source software,
which is developed collaboratively and exchanged freely over the Internet, is the best path forward.