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The Codebreakers. ©BBC 2006
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The Codebreakers

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The famous digital divide is getting wider. A two-part documentary, The Codebreakers, aired on BBC World starting 10 May 2006, examines whether free/open source software (FOSS) might be the bridge.
Stories from The Codebreakers include computer and Internet access for school children in Africa, reaching the poor in Brazil, tortoise breeding programmes in the Galapagos, connecting villages in Spain, and disaster management in Sri Lanka. The documentary also includes interviews from key figures around the world. Intel, IBM, Sun and Microsoft all seem to agree that FOSS is a welcome presence in computer software.

Place/Country: Brazil, Ecuador, Spain, Thailand
Type: Documentary
Extract: 24 min. Total length:
Credits: Maximillian Jacobson Gonzales, director. Oneplanet Pictures, producer. UNESCO, co-producer.
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Library catalogue (UNESDOC): 149461

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