Update on the re-drafting of the Information Technology Bill in Venezuela: Things are really heating up!

Many things happened since I last reported on the re-drafting of the Information Technology Bill in Venezuela. The most important Articles: 75 and 76 (related to the promotion of Free and Open Source Software in the Public Administration) will be re-drafted privately as indicated in Luigino’s Blog

Everything started on Friday, May 12 when the re-drafting of Article 75 began. The representatives of the Free Software Community were having a hard time making sure the Article 75 reflected the four freedoms associated with Free Software. A group lead by Microsoft opposed the ideas of the Free Software Community causing a lack of consensus and the moving of the discussions to the following Monday. On Monday, one of the leaders of the Free Software Community was not allowed to enter the room were the re-drafting was taking place [1]. Moreover, the re-drafting of Article 75 was suspended. Because of this, the Free Software Community started a series of actions including writing protest notes in one National News Website [2],[3],[4],[5], participation in radio interviews (starting today) and appearances in conferences and workshops to inform society of what is happening on the re-drafting of the IT Bill.

Lino

[1] Luigino’s Blog
[2] http://www.aporrea.org/dameverbo.php?docid=77694
[3] http://www.aporrea.org/dameletra.php?docid=21953
[4] http://www.aporrea.org/dameletra.php?docid=21939
[5] http://www.aporrea.org/dameletra.php?docid=21925

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