Benefits of Open Source Quantified

Nature: "’Closed-source’ software, finessed by staff hired to work on information that users send in, requires higher-quality programmers and more users to attain the same level of perfection as open-source software in a comparable time."

The paper linked above seems to vindicate the argument my colleague Yochai Benkler makes in Coases’s Penguin, a law review article you can find on his site. Yochai has done some fantastic work on the political and information economy of open source as well as spectrum policy.