What is Open Source?


CWS’s bi-weekly newsletter, “Everything Internet,” now features a Word of the Issue. This issue’s term is Open Source.

In the tech world, when something is open source, its system and the origins of the system (formula, design, etc.) are freely accessible to the public. For example WordPress is an open source content management system. All of the source code for WordPress is public, anyone can see how it works. On the one hand, knowledgeable users have more control because, as web developer Chris Kostelec said, “all of the nuts and bolts are shown to you.” The disadvantage? Since everyone can see the nuts and bolts, people are able to find and exploit the system’s vulnerabilities.

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