Chris Anderson (author of the Long Tail) has a really thought provoking post Can Open Source be giving comfort to the enemy? He talks about how he works on unmanned drones in a very open source fashion and that his work is being used around the world, including Iran. Right now, as far as he knows, it's all enthusiastic hobbiest but what if a terrorist uses his open source technology? What if they post questions on the forum? (Ignoring the fact that you probably wouldn't know they were terrorists.) How far does the "no discrimination" rule of open source really go?
Food for thought: the US military uses a lot of open source software.
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