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Links 1 through 10 of 84 by Simon Phipps tagged policy

Interesting how the government is keen to protect Cliff Richard's pension (by criminalising his fans) and to protect celebrities against hacking yet has no policy to pursue scammers or protect against criminal hacking. Instead they prefer to allow the public domain to be eroded and to follow the advice of lobbyists representing outdated monopolistic business.

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Australia has always been a leader in the area of updating their government procurement policies to permit open source solutions. Here they are asking for input on an update to the existing policy.

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There was a time this sort of ignorant, rigged "research" would have been excusable. That time is well past, and the people involved should be ashamed.

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A spot-on article reviewing the history of UK government lip service to open source and finding it wanting.

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This paper asserts what I have heard from many directions - that government procurement remains closed to open source, regardless of the official political policy. It's certainly that way in the UK; I'd welcome insight into the steps the current government plans to fix that.

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Worth reviewing the trademark policy The Document Foundation are working on for LibreOffice.

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Whenever you see any claim to be respecting your privacy, this is what they actually mean.

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The speech by Neelie Kroes last week in Brussels was very carefully constructed and avoided almost all mention of free and open source software. In the spirit of rewarding the good and ignoring the bad, several commentators (such as Karsten here) have been loud in their congratulations but there's still a strong sense that the political cost of even mentioning open source is too high for Europe's politicians.

I see this as a sign of the strength of the concept. The corporate forces that bear down upon the European Commission (even those apparently supporting open source when they speak from the side of their mouth facing the FOSS communities) do so out of fear that they will be forced to act transparently and openly, and we need to keep up the pressure. So I welcome the tiny concessions Kroes made in this speech, and as a concerned and expert citizen I demand more.

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JK Rowling analyses - in The Times, no less - the Tories £150 tax break for married couples and finds it wanting: "David Cameron tells us that the Conservatives have changed, that they are no longer the “nasty party”, that he wants the UK to be “one of the most family-friendly nations in Europe”, but I, for one, am not buying it. He has repackaged a policy that made desperate lives worse when his party was last in power, and is trying to sell it as something new."

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