UNCTAD Expert Meeting

Free and Open Source Software:
Policy and development implications

22–24 September 2004, Palais des Nations, Geneva


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Programme

  

New: The report of the Chair is available in English and French.

New: The Background document "Free and open source software: Policy and development implications" (UNCTAD 2004, TD/B/COM.3/EM.21/2) is avalable in: 
English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Chinese  Russian

Opening address and election of officers, 22 September, 10:00-11:00

Session 1: 22 September, 11:00-13:00
FOSS principles and developments

  • Dr. Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation
    Richard Stallman is the founder of the Free Software movement, the GNU (pronounced Guh-Noo) project, the Free Software Foundation, and the League for Programming Freedom. He invented the concept of copyleft to protect the ideals of this movement, and enshrined this concept in the GNU General Public License for software. He is a notable programmer whose major accomplishments include GNU Emacs, the GNU C Compiler, and the GNU Debugger. Since the mid-1990s Stallman has been focusing on the advocacy of free software.
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  • Ms. Danese Cooper, Open Source Initiative and Sun Microsystems
    Ms. Danese Cooper manages Sun Microsystems' Open Source Programs Office, and has been involved with every source code distribution project inside of Sun since March of 1999. She was instrumental in Sun's adoption of open source licences for various projects and applications including selection of the the GNU Lesser General Public License for OpenOffice.org.
    Presentation: (pdf) (openoffice)

Session 2: 22 September, 15:00-18:00
The economics of FOSS

  • Dr. Rishab Ghosh, Infonomics, University of Maastricht 
    Rishab Aiyer Ghosh is co-Programme Leader of the e-Basics Research Unit at the International Institute of Infonomics, a venture of Maastricht University supported by the European Commission. At the Institute he coordinated and was lead author of the recently completed FLOSS study on free/libre/open source software. Dr. Ghosh is also founding international and managing editor of First Monday, the most widely read peer-reviewed Internet journal that covers Internet economics, law and technology.
    Presentation: (pdf) (openoffice) (ppt)
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  • Mr. Evan Leibovitch, President, Linux Professional Institute (LPI)
    Evan Leibovitch is one of the co-founders of LPI. Before taking the role as LPI President, he was a Vice President at Starnix Inc., a GNU/Linux-centric company from Toronto. He registered his first Internet domain in 1986, has been involved with Unix even longer, and first started using Linux in 1996. Mr. Leibovitch was a co-founder of the Canadian Linux Users' Exchange and has written on Linux issues for a number of publications.
    Presentation: (pdf) (openoffice)
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  • Ms. Mathabo Nakene, OpenProject Focus Area Leader, Meraka Open Source Center, South Africa
    The broad purpose of OpenProject is to engage in needs-driven, and preferably Afro-centric, Open Source Software projects as well as developing a regional strategy for the uptake of open source in Southern Africa. Open Source Centre’s objective is to stimulate the awareness, understanding and optimisation of OSS benefits in Southern Africa, while contributing to similar efforts on the continent and the rest of the world.
    Presentation: (pdf)
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  • Mr. Bildad Kagai, Executive-Secretary, FOSSFA 
    Bildad Kagai is Chief Executive Officer of Circuitspackets, and IT company from Nairobi and Executive-Secretary of the FOSSFA, the Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa. At Circuitspackets he is responsible for developing business strategies and sourcing. Previously Bildad consulted for the UN in identifying IT solutions for the organisation.
    Presentation: (pdf) (openoffice)
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  • Ms. Lucinda Jones, Senior Legal Officer, WIPO 
    Lucinda Jones is a Senior Legal Officer in the Copyright Sector at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), specializing in copyright law issues relating to the digital agenda. Her work focuses on the opportunities and challenges for the international intellectual property system, and copyright in particular, posed by the emergence of new information and communications technologies. 
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  • Dr. Mohd Tengku Azzman Shariffadeen, CEO, MIMOS Bhd., Malaysia 
    Dr. Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of MIMOS Berhad. As the Secretary to the National Information Technology Council (NITC), he has been a key player in getting Malaysia on the fast IT track. He helped to catalyze the formation of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) and contributed to the development of the National IT Agenda. Dr. Tengku Azzman’s contributions and achievements to the IT Industry has earned him the 5th ASEAN Achievement Award in Information Technology by Asean Business Forum in 1997. Dr. Tengku Azzman is a member of the UN ICT Task Force.
    Presentation: (pdf) (openoffice)

Session 3: 23 September, 10:00-13:00
Government usage and policy

  • Mr. Sérgio Amadeu, President, Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia da Informaçăo (ITI), Brazil
    The ITI promotes the popularization of the digital certification and digital inclusion, acts on questions as cryptographic systems, free software, hardware compatibility with open and universal standards and digital convergence of medias, and addresses other IT for development issues.
    Presentation: (pdf) (openoffice)
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  • Mr. Philipp Schmidt, Bridges.com
    Mr. Philipp Schmidt is the Research Programme Manager at bridges.org ("bridges dot org"), an international NGO based in Cape Town, South Africa. His responsibilities include finding out how technology can help developing countries and telling others about it. As part of his work, he leads bridges.org's activities around free, open source and other kinds of software.
    Presentation: (pdf)
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  • Mr. Anthony Salmon, UN ICT Network
    Mr. Anthony Salmon an IT manager with the UN HCR and is coordinating a UN committee exploring the potential for an increase in the use of FOSS within the various UN secretariats and bodies.
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  • Mr. Mohammad Khansari, Iran
    Mr. Mohammad Khansari is he Director of the Iran National Linux Project at the Advanced Information and Communication Technology Center of the Sharif University in Teheran. 
    Presentation: (pdf) (ppt)
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  • Mr. Cory Doctorow, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
    Cory Doctorow is Outreach Coordinator for EFF and is one of EFF's spokespeople. He works on policy research and participates in standards bodies, and works to enlist the support of other organizations in EFF's issues. Starting out as a a software entrepreneur and co-founding a company called OpenCola, he is now an award-winning science fiction writer. He is co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing and is a frequent contributor to Wired Magazine and the O'Reilly Network.

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  • Mr. Robert Kramer, Vice President of Public Policy, CompTIA
    Mr. Robert Kramer is the Vice President of Public Policy at CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association and the Executive Director of the Initiative for Software Choice, a global coalition supporting fairness in software procurement. He is responsible for supervising and coordinating all public policy and advocacy activities for CompTIA. CompTIA members include more than 16,000 IT and communications companies and 4,000 mostly educational institutions and over 8,000 IT professionals in more than 100 countries. Prior to joining CompTIA, Kramer was Vice President and Manager of International Government Relations at Bank of America.
    Presentation: (pdf) (ppt)

Ad hoc Session: 23 September, 14:00-15:00

  • The Agribazzar e-commerce platform, Dr. Mohd Tengku Azzman Shariffadeen, CEO, MIMOS Bhd., Malaysia
    Presentation: (pdf) (openoffice)
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  • Software migration experience in South Africa, Ms. Mathabo Nakene, OpenProject Focus Area Leader, Meraka Open Source Center, South Africa

  • Strategies for Collaboration In Africa, Mr. Odapo Ladimeji, FOSSFA
    Presentation: (pdf) (ppt)

Session 4: 23 September, 15:00-18:00
Commercial usage and applications

  • Mr. George Greve, President, FSF Europe
    Mr. Georg Greve is initiator and president of the Free Software Foundation Europe, a European non-profit that was founded in 2001 and works as competence center for Free Software. He participated to the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) as part of the German governmental delegation on behalf of Civil Society, for which he also co-coordinates the international working group on Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks (PCT). Possibly because of his background as a Physicist, Mr. Greve is very much taking interest in the systematic and networked effects of software on economy, politics and society.
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  • Mr. Mark Lange, Corporate Attorney, Microsoft Europe
    Mark Lange is a senior attorney for Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa and is based in Paris. Mark works on government policy issues relating to open source software, interoperability and intellectual property.
    Presentation: (pdf) (ppt)
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  • Mr. Richard Seibt, President, Novell EMEA
    In February 2004, Richard Seibt was appointed President, Novell Europe, Middle East and Africa [EMEA]. He is responsible for leading all aspects of Novell's operations in EMEA, including enabling the integration of SUSE LINUX within Novell. He is a member of the company's Worldwide Management Committee. Previously, Richard was Chief Executive Officer of SUSE LINUX, a position he assumed in January 2003. In that role, he established SUSE LINUX as a leading Linux distribution and brought about its acquisition in January 2004 by Novell.
    Presentation: (pdf) (openoffice)
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  • Ms. Stormy Robin Peters, Director, Open Source Program, Hewlett Packard
    Ms. Stormy Peters works at Hewlett-Packard in Fort Collins, Colorado where she is responsible for HP's open source strategy, policy and business practices. She works with people inside and outside of HP to determine how open source software is changing the industry. She started work at HP in the Unix Development Lab as a software engineer and later joined HP's Linux division where she founded HP’s Open Source Review Board. Peters is a member of the Advisory Board for the GNOME Foundation and a frequent lecturer on business aspects of Open Source Software around the world.
    Presentation: (pdf) (ppt)
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  • Dr. Heidi Hohensohn, C-Lab, Siemens
    Dr. Heidi Hohensohn is responsible for the development of business models for innovative technologies in commercial use. In 2000 she founded the "Business Challenges"-group in Siemens Business Services as a multidisciplinary team, where Open Source is a main topic of research, innovation strategy and business. One exemplary project on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to transfer the findings of benefits and obstacles of OSS into a wider commercial community is NOW - Utilization of the Open-Source-concept in commerce and industry.
    Presentation: (pdf) (ppt)
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  • Mr. John Palfreyman, Director of Linux & Grid Services, IBM EMEA
    Mr. Palfreyman has lead a team charged with growing Grid solutions and the emerging elements of Linux services business for IBM in Europe, Middle East & Africa. We explain the business benefits of Linux & Grid to our customers, then scope and deliver solutions to meet their business needs. Within IBM, we are responsible for developing the emerging business to the stage where it can be embraced and grown by our normal delivery channels.
    Presentation: (pdf) (ppt)

Session 5: 24 September, 10:00-13:00
FOSS and creative industries, education, science and health

  • Mr. Makane Faye, UN ECA
    Presentation: (pdf) (openoffice) (ppt)
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  • Dr. Joan Dzenowagis, Ph.D, Chief, Health Internetwork, WHO 
    Dr. Joan Dzenowagis, is based at the World Health Organization, where she is Project Manager of the United Nations Health InterNetwork, led by WHO. This initiative is one of the four initiatives of the UN Millennium Action Plan launched by Secretary General Kofi Annan in September 2000. The Health InterNetwork is a public-private partnership which aims to improve the flow of health information for scientists, health professionals and policy makers in developing countries, using the Internet.
    Presentation: (pdf) (ppt)
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  • Mr. Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia 
    Mr. Jimmy Wales is the founder of Wikipedia and the President of the Wikimedia Foundation. The Wikimedia Foundation provides computing resources and software for the production of freely licensed neutral content in over 100 languages, in particular Wikipedia, which is now the largest encyclopedia in the world.
    Presentation: (pdf) (openoffice)
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  • Dr. Mohd Tengku Azzman Shariffadeen, MIMOSDr. Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of MIMOS Berhad. As the Secretary to the National Information Technology Council (NITC), he has been a key player in getting Malaysia on the fast IT track. He helped to catalyze the formation of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) and contributed to the development of the National IT Agenda. Dr. Tengku Azzman’s contributions and achievements to the IT Industry has earned him the 5th ASEAN Achievement Award in Information Technology by Asean Business Forum in 1997. Dr. Tengku Azzman is a member of the UN ICT Task Force.
    Presentation: (pdf) (openoffice)
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  • Dr. Dawit Bekele, University of Addis Ababa
    Dr. Dawit Bekele is the head of the department of Computer Science of Addis Ababa University. For the last six years he was interested in making computers more accessible for local languages speakers by promoting standardization and localization.
    Presentation: (pdf) (ppt)
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Session 6: 24 September, 15:00-16:30
Concluding remarks and presentation of the Chair's report

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