The UN's International Open Source Network (IOSN) helped promote the first annual Software Freedom Day on 28 August, giving out CDs and booklets about the technology.
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BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is working on an Open Source video codec. Many video codecs are proprietary, and this has been one of the limitations people observe when trying to operate with a completely free/libre computing platform.
The BBC seems to be doing quite a few publicly-minded projects, including their Creative Archive which will include content under Creative Commons licenses.
Canadians should ask: where is the CBC in this movement? (Hint: CBC download references a large number of proprietary vendors, including referencing proprietary codecs from RealNetworks and Apple for audio/video)
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See also: “Make it legal: don't litigate, use creative licensing” campaign:
From the Open-ILS.org FAQ:
2. Why did we decide on the open source software model?
On August 28, 2004, we will celebrate the first annual Software Freedom Day. On that day, we will make the world aware of the virtues of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), and encourage its widespread use.
This is a global grassroots marketing campaign in which we are inviting volunteers from around the world to participate.
See also: PR: TheOpenCD 1.4.1 Released--Software Freedom Day Special Edition
Imagine an Ontario government initiative that responded to rising concern over speeding on provincial highways by installing hundreds of automated radar guns to identify cars that failed to obey the speed limit. Rather than sending a speeding ticket to those caught by the system, however, the government instead sent a bailiff to confiscate the car keys
OpenCity FreedomFest is a freeform festival celebrating free culture, indy politics and Open Source Software.
It takes place August 20-22 in Winnipeg's Exchange District. It's about an uprising and convergence of social innovation, cultural innovation, and technological innovation, celebrating unmediated interaction.
This event is sponsored by the Prairie Linux User Group http://www.plug.ca
Peter Suber offers a great newsletter and forum for Open Access.
I was forwarded a copy of the Aug 2 issue which included references to movements within the UK and US governments to support (or mandate) Open Access for government funded research. This logic can extend to all forms of research funded by governments, as well as to things such as government created software.
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