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Tue 2 Feb 2010 16:00 BBC Radio 4

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 01 June 2009

Gerry Northam goes behind the scenes to investigate 'open source' computer software. Much has been said about the likes of free web browser Firefox and the operating system Linux, but little about how thousands of programmers scattered around the world collaborate in a 'virtual anthill' to create products that rival more commercial offerings. Gerry finds out how it is done and shows how its ethos is being applied to other kinds of business, with some startling results.

A Square Dog Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

  • Further reading

    Wikinomics - How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, Don Tapscott and Anthony D Williams, Penguin 2006
    Rebel Code - Linux and the Open Source Revolution, Glyn Moody, Penguin 2001
    Infotopia - How Many Minds Produce Knowledge, Cass R Sunstein, OUP 2006
    The Future of Work, by Thomas W Malone, Harvard Business School Press 2004

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