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[chox] interessante Meldungen aus dem APC Newsletter


Free and open source software sweeps US non-profit tech conference 

Looking around at the recent Non-Profit Technology Enterprise Network 
conference in Philadelphia, it would have been easy to think that free 
and open source software is sweeping the non-profit world. With an 
attendance of over 700 people, this year's NTEN event featured a full 
track of six workshops on free and open source software (FOSS) topics - 
almost all of which were packed. ...
All this was followed by a non-NTEN event called Penguin Day
(www.penguinday.org), a summit of almost 100 NGO staff, e-riders and
developers interested in the connection between non-profits and FOSS. The
day provided an opportunity for constructive -and energetic- conversations
about usability, global collaboration, NGO/developer cooperation and the
economics of FOSS. These conversations provided more fuel for what appears
to be a growing movement within civil society for the use of FOSS.
Mark Surman for APC 

DISCUSSION REPORT: Free and open source software in public administration 

The ICA web forum on "Open Source Software in Public Administration" 
took place online in November 2003 and a final report on the discussion 
is now available which summarises the most important points concerning 
the debate on concepts regarding open source software, the adoption of 
open source software by the State and some experiences. The objective of 
the report is to offer recommendations and elements for making decisions 
regarding the incorporation of open source software in public 
(final document in Spanish) 
Key points and recommendations in English: 

NEW BOOK: "Free Culture - how the media uses technology" 

Lawrence Lessig is a leading voice in how computer code creates laws. He 
explains in 'Code and other laws of cyberspace' how those controlling 
computer code can influence society. Prof. Lessig is a leading member of 
the Electronic Frontier Foundation http://www.eff.org/ and is a Stanford 
law professor. His latest book "Free Culture" has been released under a 
freely distributable license. The book can be purchased from bookshops 
or downloaded free of charge. 
CopyLeft. 2004 Association for Progressive Communications (APC). 
Permission is granted to use this document for personal use, for 
training and educational publications, and activities by peace, 
environmental, human rights or development organizations. Please provide 
an acknowledgment to APC.


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