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Free technologies for the whole world to use – why open source hardware is in the public interest

Bohn, Stephan; Send, Hendrik; Bihr, Peter

Open source hardware (OSH) is an essential approach to public interest technology, not unlike well-maintained infrastructure. To guide the development of OSH, policymakers and companies can learn from the success of open source software and from the criticism of overly dominant web platforms. While OSH is a field with a range of challenges, we see tremendous potential for societal benefits, but it also needs support.

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