Free and Open Source Software: Benefits & Challenges to Civil Society

The Southern African Non-Governmental Organisation Network (SANGONeT) held its most recent Thetha on September 30, 2003 in Braamfontein, South Africa.

The theme of this Thetha was "Free and Open Source Software: Benefits & Challenges to Civil Society". Speakers introduced the concept of free and open source software (OSS), discussed its relevance to civil society, and explored business and government positions in this regard. A practical demonstration of OSS was also held during the meeting.

Thetha - The SANGONeT ICT Discussion Forum series aims to focus specifically on the ICT challenges facing the CSO sector, highlighting and promoting practical benefits, opportunities and lessons learned to date.

The objectives of the Thetha series are the following:

  • To highlight and promote the practical benefits and opportunities provided by ICTs to Southern African CSOs; and
  • To provide Southern African CSOs with an opportunity to reflect on the impact of ICTs on their work and to share lessons and experiences of common concern.

Note: "Thetha" is a Nguni verb meaning let's talk, discuss, debate, share opinions and engage each other.

Date: September 30, 2003
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Braamfontein, South Africa

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