The open source "movement" seems to be gaining momentum due to a variety of factors. One beneficial use of open source software is the potential to help promote social justice. By lowering financial and intellectual property barriers, F/OSS can be used to bridge digital divides. At the core of social justice is the notion of equality of opportunity. Through the use of F/OSS, information technology literacy can be promoted among groups that might not otherwise have access to the tools necessary to build such literacy. This paper reports on an ongoing project that embodies this idea within a service learning context. While the project is in its emergent stages, early indications are that it has considerable potential.
Boyle, Rob; Ferris, Mark; Hardaway, Don; and Van Slyke, "Craig, "Promoting Social Justice with Open Source Software and Service Learning" (2008). 2008 Proceedings. 12.