Open-source software is computer software with its source code made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. Open-source software is very often developed in a public, collaborative manner.
Open Source Hardware (OSH) was created to provide an alternative to patents as a way to promote innovation. Unlike patents, OSH encourages collaboration and helps reduce costs for technology immediately, which provides a social benefit.
Will this make us all equal?
Well, the question is not how we can all be equal, but rather how can we all be powerful?
Power in Open Source is not a zero-sum game where others can take away the power you have. Instead, if we acknowledge that we are all interconnected, the more powerful you are, the more powerful others can become. The more powerfully you advance society’s purpose, the more opportunities will open up for others to make contributions of their own.
People will have different levels of power, and yet, everyone will be powerful.
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