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Links 1 through 10 of 44 by Simon Phipps tagged Brazil

This fits with the rest of the disgraceful behaviour by Microsoft in the same period, discrediting both themselves and the ISO standards process. Microsoft Brazil has a track record of heavy-handed politics too.

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I'm confirmed as a speaker at FISL this year. FISL is one of the world's largest software freedom events and certainly the most important in South America. If you can make it, do so!

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"a new generation that has risen for the first time to debate the future of culture and technology policies in Brazil. Inadvertently, the new Minister Ana de Hollanda is contributing to the emergence of new generation of voices online. One now can only hope that she will eventually listen to them."

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This is rather a long letter, but it conveys all the unease that was tangible at Campus Party among the software livre, digital inclusion and free culture camps.

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I gave an interview at Campus Party. We discussed OSI and FSF, ForgeRock and copyright reform. In English and Portuguese.

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I've been watching the impressive progress that copyright reform has been taking in Brazil for a long time. I had strong hopes that it would provide a template for reforms elsewhere in emerging societies and set in train a global wave of reforms. This appointment seems a major setback and I hope it will turn out that the (very smart) people driving copyright reform in Brazil will prevail.

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Concerned about Oracle's approach to communities, the Brazilian Government has signed up to testing and using open source Java platforms (notably OpenJDK) instead of the proprietary one. (Linked page is in Portuguese)

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I need to check in with my Brazilian friends, but this looks very positive. Removing someone's internet liberty is something very serious in an age when so much commerce and democracy is conducted over the internet, and it's good that a court has to be involved before it can happen.

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Remember I mentioned the "Special 301" list yesterday, that US corporations can use to place pressure on places where they find it hard to compete? Well, it seems that it's being used to get the US to attack states that prefer open source software - places like Brazil and India. I wonder if the US can get added to its own list?

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