Rishab Aiyer Ghosh

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Rishab Ghosh
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OccupationJournalist, Computer scientist

Rishab Aiyer Ghosh (born 1975) is a journalist, computer scientist and Open-source software advocate. A former Open Source Initiative board member, he is Founding International and Managing Editor of peer-reviewed journal First Monday, and Programme Leader of Free/Libre and Open Source Software at UNU-MERIT.[1] Ghosh has undertaken several studies on free software,[2] which he terms "FLOSS" - an alternative term for free software which he is credited with coining[citation needed]. FLOSS emphasizes the essential value of the term "libre" (meaning with few or no restrictions).[3] Ghosh's work represents an effort to reshape the global understanding of FLOSS, including the governmental and academic spheres.

Ghosh was a founder of Topsy Labs, a social search and analytics company that was acquired by Apple Inc in December 2013.


  1. ^ Noronha, Frederick (October 2, 2002). "Europe Takes a Deeper Look at Free/Libre and Open-Source Software". Linux Journal. Linux Journal. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
  2. ^ Rishab Aiyer Ghosh; Vipul Ved Prakash (July 2000). "The Orbiten Free Software Survey". First Monday. 5 (7).
  3. ^ Noronha, Frederick (August 16, 2007). "Book review: Free/Open Source Software: Network Infrastructure and Security by Gaurab Raj Upadhyaya". Free Software Magazine. Retrieved June 25, 2011.

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