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Aslam Raffee

One point to consider is that the technology choices made by government has an impact on society. When SARS built their e-filing on flash and adobe OSS users could not access these services. When the department of Education selected delphi for IT schools could not implement OSS IT labs. When the IEC website was for IE only voters who used OSS could not use their website. The point the OSS working group often made was that government as the biggest consumer of technology in the country has a huge impact on the industry and if OSS is used by government society will benefit from having more options. For example we said if government used openoffice/libreoffice there would be more support and a bigger uptake of libreoffice