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[News] More Examples of Governments That Move to Free Software

  • Subject: [News] More Examples of Governments That Move to Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 12:26:16 +0100
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Italian Court OKs Preference for Open Source

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| Here's a big win for open source: the 
| Italian Constitutional Court has approved a 
| law in Piedmont giving preference to open 
| source, ruling that it is not anti-
| competitive:
|     Just over a year ago, the Piedmont 
|     Regional Council passed a law which 
|     states: "... the Region, in the process 
|     of choosing computer programs to 
|     acquire, prefers free software and 
|     programs whose source code can be 
|     inspected by the licensee" (Article 6, 
|     paragraph 2).
|     This choice was welcomed with 
|     enthusiasm by Free Software supporters 
|     and civil society, while the Presidency 
|     of the Italian Council of Minister 
|     contested this law, by referring to the 
|     Constitutional Court in order to 
|     declare it unlawful.
|     On March the 23rd, 2010, the Court 
|     ruled that the preference for Free 
|     Software is legitimate and complies 
|     with the principle of freedom of 
|     competition.


ESRI to government: arenât you being a little hasty in making this OS data free?

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| ESRI has sent an open letter to government 
| â with a number of co-signatories who are 
| in effect competitors â fretting about the 
| proposal (commitment really) to make a 
| number of OS datasets free.
| Below is the letter, which Iâve blockquoted 
| to make it clear whatâs the letter and 
| whatâs not. Iâve inserted some comments, 
| based on my personal knowledge; and of 
| course some of this is coloured by my 
| advocacy of the Free Our Data campaign.


Right to reply: Brownâs digital future needs to be open source 

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| Last weekâs speech by Gordon Brown outlined 
| Labourâs vision for building Britainâs 
| digital future. In this Right to Reply 
| article, Steve Shine, executive vice 
| president of worldwide operations, Ingres, 
| the open source database provider, looks at 
| why any future strategy needs to be based 
| on open source technology, rather than tied 
| to specific vendors.


Kundra Outlines Open Government Progress 

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| While the idea of open government is still 
| an abstract one to many, the Obama 
| administration is already seeing real 
| results from its efforts to be more 
| transparent in its activities, Obama's 
| chief information officer said this week.
| In testimony Tuesday before the U.S. 
| subcommittee on federal financial 
| management, government information, federal 
| services, and international security, 
| federal CIO Vivek Kundra attempted to shed 
| light on how the administration's Open 
| Government Initiative is already fostering 
| innovation and improving the performance of 
| the U.S. government. 


Korea Struggles in Developing Open Software

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| Korea's lackluster performance in open-
| source software continues to hit the 
| country both at home and abroad.
| The state-run National IT Industry 
| Promotion Agency (NIPA) disclosed Thursday 
| the results of research regarding the 
| international open-source software 
| industry. Korea chalked up rather 
| disappointing results.
| Out of the four categories assessed, Korea 
| ranked fourth when it came to national 
| policies for open-source software, sixth in 
| overall environment and seventh for usage 
| of the programs. 


Better Portland government through open source apps? 

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| Civic problem got you frustrated? Mayor Sam 
| Adams hopes you'll build an app for that.
| Adams announced the launch of CivicApps, an 
| open source design contest to "showcase 
| regional open data and promote 
| collaboration between citizens and 
| government to create applications ... that 
| address civic issues" to benefit the 
| community at large.


Berners-Lee says rate countries by data sharing

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| Berners-Lee promotes data.gov.uk, the UK's 
| government data portal which launched in 
| January. It aims to get developers 
| interested in creating applications to make 
| better use of the information collected by 
| the government.


Pirate Party UK launches manifesto

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| That shouldn't affect too many people, 
| though, if there are any photographers 
| still left with a business. The Party 
| believes that "in this fast moving world 
| [sic] 10 years of copyright protection is 
| long enough". The creator would need to re-
| apply after five years, however, or the 
| work would fall into the public domain.
| "An exception will be made for software, 
| where a 5 year term will apply to closed 
| source software, and a 10 year term to open 
| source, in recognition of the extra rights 
| given to the public by open source 
| licences."


Gordon Brown: superfast broadband vital to prevent 'digital divide'

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| The speech is a clear sign of the parties' 
| maneouvring ahead of the election, expected 
| to be called on 6 April to be held on 6 
| May. In the past month the Tories and 
| Labour have been jockeying for position 
| over their commitment to creating more 
| accessible online government services, 
| broadband and also public access to non-
| personal government data, with the Tories 
| saying they would introduce a "right to 
| public data" bill to let people request and 
| receive public datasets, publishing details 
| of government contracts worth more than 
| Â25,000 online, encouraging use of free 
| open-source software in government 
| development, and encouraging telecoms 
| companies to offer superfast broadband.


What Was Gordon Brown Thinking this Morning?

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| Not only do we have the key words âopenâ 
| and âopen sourceâ in there, but the UK 
| government is talking about âthe will and 
| willingness of the centre to give up 
| controlâ (and if you believe that last 
| part, then I have a bridge I'd like to sell 
| you.) And yet there is something deeply 
| disturbing about this speech that makes me 
| wonder what on earth Gordon Brown was 
| thinking when he uttered it. 


Gordon Brown proposes personalised MyGov web services

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| Instead of civil servants or politicians 
| being the sole authors of government 
| information, he claimed that open source 
| information will allow citizens to shape 
| information for their own needs.


Gordon Brown slammed for supporting Oracle, Microsoft

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| Open source technology was cited as the 
| ethos on which Digital Britain will be 
| built. The PM used the shared services 
| centre in the Department for Work and 
| Pensions (the Dole), which already supports 
| 140,000 staff in three departments and 
| plans to take on four more in the next 
| year, as an example of what he wanted.
| Needless to say the Open Source companies 
| are thrilled. Steve Shine, executive vice 
| president of worldwide operations, Ingres, 
| the worldâs largest open source database 
| provider released a statement saying that 
| this was just the beginning.


Tech Companies Play the Franco-Israeli Nexus

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| Until now, businesses and government 
| agencies in Israel have been heavy users of 
| Microsoft software, but the open source 
| movement is gaining traction thanks in part 
| to the help and encouragement of the French 
| tech community, says Stolar. "We hope 
| HaCantina will create the necessary ground 
| for collaboration and development and new 
| innovation," he says. HaCantina doesn't yet 
| have a physical home, but Kesos and Stolar 
| hope to find a location soon.


Watering down European standards

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| The concept of open IT standards, which is 
| central to the European Interoperability 
| Framework (EIF), is to be watered down to 
| such a degree that it will fade into 
| insignificance. At least that's the 
| impression given by a current EIF 2 release 
| leaked to the Free Software Foundation 
| Europe.
| The internationally recognised European 
| Interoperability Framework (EIF) for using 
| open standards is to lose further weight 
| and definition during the version 2 
| revision process. After a first draft 
| became public in November 2009, a new EIF 2 
| "Release Candidate" leaked in March has 
| added further fuel to the earlier 
| criticism.


EIFv2 ad nauseam

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| What do you get out of this? The whole EIF2 
| was a document to be ready and delivered in 
| 2007 latest. We are in 2010 now. It is just 
| a small paper to be attached to a 
| communication.

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