FLOSS… and in-sourcing

An interesting perspective:


A case for Indian insourcing: Open Source interest in IT job expansion

by Casey O’Donell

The controversy surrounding the “off–shoring” of IT jobs from the United
States to other countries, in particular to India, has become a focal
point in American political discourse and has been widely represented in
the media. Disturbingly, little attention has been paid to this
occurrence beyond its implications for American employment
opportunities. Representing Indian and American IT workers as unified
groups whose interests are mutually exclusive and opposed to one another
is problematic given the material realities that propel “outsourcing.”
Among the potential benefits of growing demand for, and supply of,
skilled IT workers is increased participation in the Open Source
Software (OSS) movement. Expanding global involvement offers a
significant opportunity for developing countries to influence the
direction, importance, and future of OSS.

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