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[News] Free Software Debate in US Government, Plone (GPL) in Washington

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Government Open Source Software Collaboratives debated at GOSCON

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| On October 22, government and private industry experts will debate the issues 
| and opportunities presented by collaborative software development models at 
| the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) Portland, Oregon. The 
| distinguished panelists have direct experience with successful public/private 
| consortiums based on the open source software model in which developers as 
| well as business and technical users collaborate to create new applications 
| while sharing both the costs and the benefits.      


Plone Conference - Consensus Comes Early to Washington
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| The annual conference for the Open Source content management system Plone 
| took place in Washington DC last week. To the backdrop of the intensifying 
| presidential election campaigns, the conference played host to the election 
| of the Plone Foundation board, and saw one of the largest gatherings of Plone 
| developers, users and business leaders.     


Open Source Government?

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| In September, he closed his fund and returned money to his investors, stating 
| that the risk of a bank collapse, which would be hell for hedge funds, was 
| too high: "While we concede there are additional opportunities in this 
| episode of crisis and uncertainty, we have concluded that those opportunities 
| are far outweighed by the risks attendant in the use of the over-the-counter 
| derivatives market."     
| [...]
| Not content with just providing meritocratic solutions to our economic 
| system, he said meritocracies all around and set his sights on fixing our 
| government, saying that since "Thomas Jefferson and Adam Smith" we've had 
| a "dearth of worthy philosophers in this country, at least ones focused on 
| improving government," (clearly forgetting that Adam Smith was Scottish) and 
| said Linux's open-source model was the way to governmental enlightenment:     
|     George Soros, a man of staggering wealth, has stated that he would like 
|     to be remembered as a philosopher. My suggestion is that this great man 
|     start and sponsor a forum for great minds to come together to create a 
|     new system of government that truly represents the common man's interest, 
|     while at the same time creating rewards great enough to attract the best 
|     and brightest minds to serve in government roles without having to rely 
|     on corruption to further their interests or lifestyles. This forum could 
|     be similar to the one used to create the operating system, Linux, which 
|     competes with Microsoft's near monopoly. I believe there is an answer, 
|     but for now the system is clearly broken.         



Open source Plone 3.0 prove well worth the price

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| Plone does one thing -- Web content management -- and does it with aplomb.
| That's why you'll find well-known U.S. and international organizations in
| most industries running their Web sites, internets, and extranets with Plone.


Plone: Official launch of PloneGov in Italy

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| The Chamber of Commerce of Ferrara, the first PloneGov Italian member,
| invites 100 representatives from the public sector and open source experts to
| participate to the official launch of PloneGov in Italy on September 16,
| 2008.



3 open source e-Government projects merge and launch PloneGov.org

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| Open source experts from the public sector, community and SME's
| participated in the first Plone e-government international workshop.
| [...]
| Attendants, equally representing the public sector, Plone community
| and SME's, came from several countries : Belgium, France,
| Switzerland, Spain, Argentina, The Netherlands and Luxemburg.


PloneGov Snags Lutèce d'Or for Open Source CMS Efforts

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| Toward those ends the PloneGov project yielded a module for ordering
| administrative docs online, a town council management tool that is already in
| use by some cities, a business directory, and local government websites.

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