Political action at the Ottawa Linux Symposium

There will be two related BOF sessions at the 2002 Ottawa Linux Symposium.

GOSLINGS: Getting Open Source and Linux INto GovernmentS
[2002-12-17: It is now GOSLING: Getting Open Source Logic INto Governments.]
Thursday June 27 @17:15
Joseph Potvin will be hosting this session. He is also the person who hosted the Open Source Solutions Showcase in May.

[2002-12-17: The name of the group has been updated to Getting Open Source Logic INto Governments, and a new website for the GOSLING Community is being created.]

Open Source & Copyright Reform
Friday June 28 @ 20:00
I will be hosting a discussion around copyright reform, hopefully to bring together face-to-face some of the people who have participated in the Canada DMCA Opponents forum.

From the BOFS list:

Open Source & Copyright Reform

Russell McOrmond, Flora

In June, 2001, the Canadian Government started a process to reform Canada's copyright laws. As a response, the Open Source online community set up a forum called the "Canada DMCA Opponents" forum to try to discourage specific policies, such as legal protection for Technological Protection Measures, which have caused considerable problems in the USA with their 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

There are now discussions of starting a more formal Canadian group to continue for more positive changes to laws affecting Open Source and Free Software. The Canadian opposition to a DMCA-like law in Canada has morphed into a more proactive discussion of related laws though articles and forums at digital-copyright.ca. A related organization called "Canadian Open-source Education and Research" (CanOpenER.ca) is also forming to meet the demand for a group that will deal with more than simply copyright law.

GOSLINGS: "Getting Open Source and Linux INto GovernmentS"

Joseph Potvin, Architect of the first GNU-GPL software release from the Government of Canada

GOSLING is an open community of people who act to ensure that open source methods and software are included in government operations to:

  • Advance the implementation of federated architecture goals, process, standards and methodologies among departments, agencies, and their partners.
  • Facilitate the customization of information technology solutions to business requirements.
  • Improve capacity for information technology quality assurance and due diligence.
  • Serve as a catalyst for practical knowledge-sharing, organizational learning and innovation via public-private-education-civil sector IT collaborations.
  • Reduce costs, increase value-for-money, and achieve faster delivery times for certain government software investments.
  • Generate a broader distribution of benefits from public sector IT investments.
  • Help to level the playing field for companies of all sizes in the government procurement of IT development, customization, integration, support, maintenance, and administration services, by reducing the advantages of prior market dominance.
  • Increase the security of certain information technology applications in government operations.
  • Promote respect for intellectual property.
  • Participation in GOSLING involves individuals in their personal capacities, such that content is driven by discussion of research, interests and views of the authors, not the organizations in which they may work.

    This inaugural meeting will be a structured brainstorming session to identify the status, issues, opportunities and constraints related to getting open source and Linux into government operations at all levels, worldwide.