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[News] Canadian and American Govrnment Pressured for Free Software Focus

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Obama, Carl Malamud, and Where Are All of the Open Source People?

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| While it is a long shot to make Carl the head of the GPO (the decisions are 
| made by Congress, and the statutory requirements may be an issue*), the 
| campaign for Carl raises a larger issue. Where are the free spirits and open 
| source people in the Obama Administration? So far, they are certainly not 
| getting high profile jobs, unlike, for example, the many copyright lawyers 
| who are known for their devotion to the entertainment business.     


Open Sourcing America's Operating System


Wedding Open Source to Government Service Delivery

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| One of the challenges I’m most interested in is how we can wed “open” systems 
| to government hierarchies. In a lecture series I’ve developed for Health 
| Canada I’ve developed a way of explaining how we do this already with our 911 
| service.   
| To being, I like using 911 as an example because people are familiar and 
| comfortable with it. More importantly, virtually everyone agrees that it is 
| not only an essential piece of modern government service but also among the 
| most effective.   



An open door for open source?

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| Federal government puts out a call for information on free software
| [...]
| Some examples of popular open-source software include the Linux operating
| system, the word processing suite OpenOffice and the web browser Mozilla
| Firefox.


Vietnam to widely use open source software

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| Vietnams Ministry of Information and Communications has instructed that 100%
| of all of Vietnams government agencies servers must run free software by June
| 30, 2009. They also mandate that IT divisions train their staff to use this
| software and require 50% of the drones to be able to use the
| technology “proficiently”.


Transparency and Open Government

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| One of the first documents our new President signed within his first day in
| office is this memorandum on Transparency and Open Government.  It is a memo
| that I am personally very happy to see, not only because I agree so strongly
| with its content.  For the last couple of months I have been a member of the
| Technology, Innovation & Government Reform (TIGR) transition policy group
| focusing on innovation and government.  This Presidential memo covers
| precisely the area that we worked on.


Cuba Launches Own Linux Variant to Counter U.S.

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| A Linux operating system variant called Nova, introduced in Cuba at a
| computer conference on technological sovereignty, is part of an effort to
| replace the Microsoft software running most of Cuba's computers. The Cuban
| government views the use of Microsoft systems as a potential threat because
| it says U.S. security agencies have access to Microsoft codes.


Russian Federation Commits to Open Source

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| Open source software development in Russia is one of the most important
| directives for Igor Schegolev - the Head of the Ministry of Information
| Technologies and Communications of the Russian Federation. At a key meeting
| with Werner Knoblich, Red Hat Vice President for EMEA, he announced support
| for a Russian Fedora association and for Red Hat development in the Russian
| Federation. He also expressed support for open source infrastructure and
| applications, and the development of a repository for industry best practice.

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