User empowerment has become a common point of topic when talking about content production and control. And in turn with the rise of audience participation has come about the discussion of open and closed source technology. Open source is software available for the general public to use and modify from its original design free of charge. Open source generally results in mass reproduction and evolution of a single product from creators all around the world.
Open source is all it claims to be, ‘open’ and basically what the internet can be used for, content creation from anyone all around the world, allowing the greatest minds to develop different software without having to be on the small design team that big companies have.
So what’s closed source? closed source is when the code is not shared with the public for anyone to look at or change. Closed source is what you would expect from most businesses, protective of their product to maintain control over their brand and the user experience offered to their customers. Think Apple rather than Android.
But open source could cause some issues. Anyone can use the source to create what they want to, even negative content, for example, 3D printing:
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