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Re: [ossig] Joint UNCTAD/UNITAR event on Free and Open-source Software (FOSS) New York, 29 August 2006

Sounds interesting.  Visited the website, then for the previous webminars I saw:

  Archived Webcast: Click here to view the webcast.
  (Real Player required for viewing:  Click here for free download)

For the upcoming FOSS discussions a simple request would be to make it
FOSS friendly (aka ogg).  Yes I know you can play realmedia files on
FOSS Operating Systems, but I'm stingy :) :P.

On 7/24/06, Fouad Riaz Bajwa <bajwa@fossfp.org> wrote:
> Dear Community Members,
> An important meeting is being organized at the United Nations in its New
> York City Secretariat on 29 August on the use of Free and Open Source
> Software (FOSS) in United Nations' programmes and at the UN itself. About
> 50-100 attendees are expected this important meeting.
> The Presenters include:
> * Colleen Thouez, Chief, UNITAR
> * Danese Cooper, Open Source Initiative / Intel
> * Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation
> * David Pogue, New York Times
> * Glenn McKnight, Linux Professional Institute
> * Amy Weesner, UNITAR
> Key Participants include:
> * Dapo Ladimeji, Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa
> * Eben Moglen, Columbia University / Free Software Foundation  TBC
> * Novell (TBA)
> * Randy Ramusack, Microsoft
> * Michael Laing, UN ITSD
> * Bob Sutor, VP Open Source, Opens Standards, IBM
> The details are as follows:
> Joint UNCTAD/UNITAR event on Free and Open-source Software (FOSS) New York,
> 29 August 2006
> Within the larger framework of a three-day UNITAR Web Seminar Symposium on
> ICT Policy Issues for Development, UNCTAD and UNITAR will hold an event on
> Free and Open-source Software (FOSS) on 29 August 2006 in New York, at
> United Nations Headquarters. The event will provide a forum for discussion
> on the policy and practical implications of FOSS, both globally and locally.
> It will also explore the potential for and depth of involvement of the
> United Nations regarding this issue.
> Background
> An increasing number of countries have recognized the important role of
> software  in addition to hardware, connectivity, content and human
> capacities  as the medium that enables people to use technology
> productively. Software is the inescapable interface between people and
> hardware  without software, computers are inoperable. Furthermore, software
> that cannot adapt to a diverse set of global users with a wide array of
> needs will have a limited impact on the adoption of information technology
> solutions.
> FOSS is software whose source code  its set of instructions  has been made
> open to the public and freely available under a public license. It is not
> necessarily free, as in "gratis" or free-of-charge. It is "free" and "open"
> because it can be freely used, altered and adapted, and redistributed. FOSS
> has become an inseparable component of a global technological reality. For
> example, much of the Internet runs on free software, and many distinguished
> firms use open  source information technology for mission-critical tasks.
> Nevertheless, FOSS is often insufficiently understood from an economic,
> human capacity and intellectual property perspective  all issues with
> important development implications.
> A greater awareness and better understanding of FOSS can help the United
> Nations and its member States to adjust positively their technology policies
> and practice. The notion that FOSS can have positive externalities makes it
> an important consideration in countries with strong development agendas.
> FOSS has triggered thinking on and consideration of issues relating to
> content provision and associated issues in education, science and creative
> endeavours. FOSS suggests that there may be a spectrum of approaches to
> developing and licensing creative work, research and development and
> knowledge distribution which fall in between the proprietary model and the
> public domain.
> Objectives
> The Web Seminar event on FOSS will bring together prominent information
> technology experts involved in FOSS issues, software industry
> representatives, academics, government representatives, and representatives
> from civil society organizations. The objectives of the event are as
> follows:
> 1. To provide delegates with an opportunity to discuss issues of relevance
> to item 49 of the provisional agenda for the sixty-first session of the
> General Assembly, on information and communication technologies for
> development;
> 2. To support discussions about FOSS usage within the scope of the United
> Nations Information and Communication Technologies Charter (A/59/563, Annex
> I) and as a result of system-wide inputs addressing this issue;
> 3. To exhibit a number of computers running exclusively on FOSS, giving
> delegates an opportunity to experience FOSS as users;
> 4. To increase the visibility and relevancy of the issue via a live webcast
> of the event to a global audience;
> 5. To raise awareness about UNCTAD partnership activities on information and
> communication technologies for development, in particular those related to
> developing free and open-source software technology communities and human
> capacities in developing countries.
> Participation
> -------------
> The event will provide UN delegates and other nominated officials from UN
> member States with policy-focused learning opportunities in the area of ICT.
> The event may be particularly relevant to countries and delegations involved
> in formulating and implementing policies and activities that have emerged
> from the first and second phases of the World Summit on the Information
> Society.
> More details, included on how to register for this event, can be obtained
> from the UNITAR website: www.unitarny.org/en/webinars.html, or from:
> Amy Weesner
> Coordinator, ICT Programmes
> UNITAR (New York)
> weesner@un.org / tel: +1 212 963-3021
> Dimo Calovski
> ICT and E-business Branch, SITE Division
> UNCTAD (Geneva)
> dimo.calovski@unctad.org / tel.: +41 22 907 59 46
> More information is available at
> http://www.unctad.org/sections/wcmu/docs/site_ieb_notif08-06_en.pdf
> http://r0.unctad.org/ecommerce/ecommerce_en/foss06.htm
> For Information Purposes forwarded by
> -----------------------
> Fouad Riaz Bajwa
> General Secretary - FOSS Advocate
> FOSSFP: Free & Open Source Software Foundation of Pakistan (r) Secretariat
> Office of the General Secretary
> Lahore, Pakistan
> Cell: 92-333-4661290
> Tel: 92-42-5030039
> E-Mail: bajwa@fossfp.org
> URL: www.fossfp.org ; www.ubuntu-pk.org
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