Exploration of the Open Source world, its history, and its contribution to current topics such as social justice, information freedom, equality and the nature of democracy. Discussion of the role it has played in recent events. Investigation of the politics of the open source world and their relationship to traditional geopolitics. In addition, this course will also seriously examine the practical side of open source and its economic impact on both businesses and households in the developed and developing worlds.
Students will 1) Understand the objectives and history of open-source as well as commercial software; 2) Understand the political, social, and economical implications of software; 3) Learn the open-source software development process and its major components; 4) Understand personal and public privacy as well as security concerns in the context of open-source software