[fosscomm] NEW MEMBERS FROM DELHI FOSSCOMM MEETING (WAS Re: Brief highlights -Re: [fosscom] Invite for July 4th meet)

Anivar Aravind anivar.aravind at gmail.com
Sat Jul 11 04:17:47 PDT 2009


2009/7/11 Guru गुरु <guru at itforchange.net>:
> Dear friends,
>
> We had an 'attendance record' in our Delhi FOSSCOMM meeting on 4th - which
> had email ids also. If this email id list can be shared with Anivar (or me
> or on the list), we can ensure that the participants can be added to the
> list. Andrew, as our 'host' do you have this list?

Dont share addresses on Public list. sent it to personel mail cc'd
people were added
>
> I am copying some of the members whose ids i know and request them to become
> members of the FOSSCOMM mailing list by following the link
>
> http://lists.fosscom.in/listinfo.cgi/network-fosscom.in
>
> If others have other names/ids of our new members from the Delhi meeting,
> request if you can share the same as well
>
> On an related note, think as a part of evolving our 'organizational form'
> including structures/processes, we need to think hard about membership
> criteria and admission process, detailing further what we currently have.

Let us start drafting it in wiki
>
> thanks and regards,
> Guru
>
>
>
>
>
> Guru गुरु wrote:
>>
>> Friends
>>
>> Am sharing the brief highlights of the meeting of the FOSSCOMM at JNU,
>> Delhi on 4th July
>>
>> Would request Jaijit (and others) to share info on action items and
>> responsible persons to complete the document. I have put these as per my
>> notes in teh document in bold italics
>>
>> If I have missed out any key item/info/discussion, others present in the
>> meeting pls add
>>
>> Andrew, can you trace the attendance record and share info, all new
>> members should also become members of this mailing list as well.
>>
>> thanks and regards,
>> Guru
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> vinay ವಿನಯ್ wrote:
>>>
>>> Dear All,
>>>
>>> Please find below a  invite with agenda for the 4th of July meet. Please
>>> do forward it suitably.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>> Vinay.
>>> -----------------------------------------
>>>
>>> Dear All,
>>>
>>> Many of us have been advocating for several years, the adoption of FOSS
>>> applications and platforms in our country. FOSS related advocacy has been
>>> gradually gathering energies, including the campaign against software
>>> patents, including FOSS in the CBSE syllabi , suggesting a FOSS manifesto
>>> for political parties in the recent elections etc.
>>>
>>> However, we do have a long way to go before FOSS is taken as a default
>>> software option. Towards this cause, a network or a coalition of
>>> organizations working on FOSS adoption and promotion, would be able to act
>>> more cohesively on issues and strengthen our individual efforts. While such
>>> an initiative will be energy-intensive and time-consuming, it would help
>>> orchestrate our advocacy for FOSS adoption. We are writing to you to invite
>>> you to a meeting to discuss the building of such a coalition comprising of
>>> members from academic institutions, NGOs and CBOs, research and advocacy
>>> groups, professional associations, FOSS enterprises, FOSS user groups,
>>> government officials, media professionals etc and also its possible
>>> priorities.
>>>
>>> The first meeting of this network was held in Bangalore in February 09,
>>> when over 30 people met and discussed issues including working with
>>> Universities in Karnataka through NRC-FOSS, to adopt FOSS, train teachers on
>>> GNU/Linux (the Karnataka Computer learning program in schools is on
>>> GNU/Linux), countering monopolistic and restrictive practices in the IT
>>> sector,  technical aspects such as developing local language fonts that are
>>> Unicode compliant etc. A mailing list and a wiki (http://fosscomm.in) have
>>> been since created.Please see the wiki(http://fosscomm.in) for a more
>>> detailed update on that meeting and activities post that meeting.
>>>
>>> We now plan to continue building this coalition, with a meeting in Delhi.
>>> We request you to join for a full-day meeting on the 4th of July at the JNU,
>>> New Delhi (exact venue within JNU will be communicated shortly).
>>>
>>> The proposed (draft) agenda for the meeting is as follows-
>>> 1. Reporting on the Bangalore FOSSCOMM 1st Meeting and follow up
>>>
>>> 2. “Open Standards” Follow up on the Department of IT's draft policy on
>>> open standards
>>> (http://www.mit.gov.in/download/Policyonopensandards.pdf).
>>>
>>> 3. FOSS in Education - What the FOSS community can do to promote the use
>>> of FOSS in School Education and Higher Education
>>>
>>> 4. Software Patents and other legal issues
>>> a) Take up pre and post grant opposition for selected cases
>>> b) Take up the issue of Draft Manual which deviates from the Patent Act
>>> c) Take up with the Competition Commission, practices which seem to be
>>> restrictive or monopolistic.
>>>
>>> 5. Building political consensus around FOSS as an important factor for
>>> India's development
>>>
>>> If you require accommodation, please let us know, we will try and arrange
>>> at JNU.
>>> The travel costs as well as the cost of stay would have to be borne by
>>> the participants.
>>>
>>> For those requesting accommodation, please write to the following:
>>> Prof. Andrew Lynn lynn.andrew at gmail.com and Rajesh Kalithody -
>>> myidrajesh at gmail.com
>>>
>>> Any suggestion/modifications to the agenda are welcome.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> On behalf of the Delhi Organizing Group, FOSSCOMM
>>>
>>>
>>
>
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