Free/libre and open source software (FLOSS)
Free software is a human right. Freedom to run the software. Freedom to study and change the software. Freedom to redistribute. Freedom to redistribute with changes. The four freedoms that define free software have become essential human rights that must never be taken away from anyone except as a punishment for wrongdoing.
Just last month, the APC network was joined by a new organisation, eQualit.ie. Based in Montreal, the six-person team develops free/libre and open source software that focuses on privacy, online security and information management. Our network coordinator, Karel Novotný interviewed eQualit.ie’s founder and director Dmitri Vitaliev about their expertise in security and interest in partnering with other APC members.
APC member SPACE from Kerala, India won the 2014 Chris Nicol FLOSS Prize in the member category for their initiative Insight – ICT for the Differently Abled. Read the interview with Arun Madhavan, Executive Director of SPACE Kerala about the initiative, their plans, and how groups can support FLOSS.
Nominations deadline for APC Chris Nicol FLOSS prize, a global award to recognize outstanding FLOSS initiatives, has been extended till May 8. The award recognises initiatives that are making it easy for people to start using free/libre and open source software (FLOSS), and it will be awarded to a person or group doing extraordinary work in this area.
The APC Chris Nicol FLOSS Prize recognises initiatives that are making it easy for people to start using free/libre and open source software (FLOSS). Individual or group nominations for the prize will be collected until 8 May 2014 at midnight UTC.
APC member in India SPACE Kerala and the Ms Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSFR) are building a free-software-based, community computing centre in the rural village of Kolagappara.
The APC network is enthusiastic about its newest member from India, SPACE Kerala. SPACE’s membership comes at a critical time when APC has renewed its commitment to implementing and promoting the use of Transformative Technologies. To mark this occasion and introduce SPACE, APCNews interviewed Executive Director Arun Madhavan.
Where free and open source software is a way of life, SPACE is an organisation formed and nurtured by a team of professionals and social activists from across Kerala who share the dream of freedom of knowledge. Freedom of knowledge is interrelated to freedoms in other spheres of activities and is fundamental to human development. The objective of SPACE is to promote the use of free and open sou...
Imagine a city torn by war, overwhelmed with daily influx of people from the countryside, becoming the capital of a country from one day to the next. And then picture crazy computer people ruffled together in an abandoned supermarket, thousands of kilometres away, in another city, trying to fix the first city. These two images put together are called #OSJUBA.
In the age of social networks, citizen media and digital collaboration, #OSJUBA seeks to apply the means and tools of creative open source culture to post-conflict development. #OSJUBA hosts their first event on June 21, 2012 in Berlin to mobilise free culture, accessible technologies and hacktivist communities in creating a vision for the new capital of South Sudan.