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.....Bangla Innovation through Open Source
 
  OPEN SOURCE ADVOCACY
Why Open Source in Bangladesh
Open Source Capacity in Bangladesh
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Saturday, October 04, 2003
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Effective use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Bangladesh has been quite minimal. Two important stumbling blocks to greater use of ICTs center around usability (particularly in the context of local language capability) and affordability of these technologies. There has been little integration of Bangla with IT, except for a few Bangla fonts that only enable typing and printing in the Bangla language. As a result, ICTs have largely remained irrelevant to a major portion of the population.
Use of IT in government and corporate offices have been stifled by high software costs an licensing fees. It has forced widespread use of pirated software – a situation that is extremely precarious given increased levels of international software policing activities and Bangladesh’s obligation to adhere to WTO regulations regarding intellectual property rights.

To address the issue of accessibility and affordability of information technology, Bangla Innovation through Open Source (BIOS) emerged as a non-profit trust in August, 2002 with the slogan “IT for All”. Resident and non-resident Bangladeshi IT experts, graphic designers, economists, education researchers, students and teachers are volunteering their time, resources, experience and knowledge to create this platform for addressing digital divide in Bangladesh.

BIOS was formed with the following primary goals:

• R&D Hub for Integration of Bangla with IT. Government, universities and the IT industry have so far failed to build any coordinated and sustainable model for Bangla computing. BIOS is working towards building a platform where talented and interested IT professionals and students work on building open source technology components to bridge the digital divide.

• Start and promote advocacy campaign for use of open source technologies in Bangladesh as part of a global movement to popularize these technologies.
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