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Develop a FLOSS scheduling system for VA and win $3 million

http://www.nextgov.com

The US Veterans Affairs Department has launched a contest with $3 million in prizes for development of a new patient scheduling system based on open source software. The VA’s chief information officer said “for the last 18 months, we have been working with the open source community to support this change in direction.”

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USPTO Asks For Input On Software Patents

http://yro.slashdot.org

United States Patent and Trademark Office is reviewing its policy on software patents and is asking for feedback. Groklaw reports that the USPTO will be hosting a pair of roundtable sessions in February, during which the public will have the ability to attend and put forth their viewpoints.

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European Commission's Low Attack on Open Source

http://blogs.computerworlduk.com

Again, as long-suffering readers may recall, the original European Interoperability Framework also required royalty-free licensing, but what was doubtless a pretty intense wave of lobbying in Brussels overturned that, and EIF v2 ended up pushing FRAND, which effectively locks out open source - the whole point of the exercise.

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The U.K. Cabinet Office solves the open standards policy conundrum

http://opensource.com

When an IT contract is put out for bid, a respondent that does not intend to deliver products that comply with "open standards," as defined by the Principles, must include a fair estimate of the government’s later switching costs into the vendor’s initial bid, as if those costs would need to be paid at the time of procurement rather at the time of product replacement.

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Majority in Bern council tells Swiss city to switch to Free Software

https://joinup.ec.europa.eu

A clear majority in the council of the Swiss city of Bern has voted for a switch to free and open source IT solutions. It instructs the city's IT department to make future IT purchases platform and vendor neutral and to prefer using open source solutions. This way, the council wants to rid the city of IT vendor lock-in.

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FOSS brings over €10 million savings for Munich

http://www.h-online.com

Over €10 million has been saved by the city of Munich, thanks to its development and use of the city's own Linux platform. The study is based on around 11,000 migrated workplaces within Munich's city administration as well as 15,000 desktops that are equipped with a FOSS office suite.

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Portuguese Government Adopts ODF as Sole Editable Document Format

http://www.consortiuminfo.org

According to a press release issued today by the Portuguese Open Source Business Association, the government of Portugal has decided to approve the OpenDocument Format as the single editable, XML-based document format for use by government, and in public procurement.

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CIO European Parliament: free software users are important avant-garde

https://joinup.ec.europa.eu

The European Parliament's Free Software User Group is 'very important'. Its work helps strengthen democracy in the European Parliament. "And if you help it here, you're probably also helping it in Greece, Finland, the United Kingdom and elsewhere."

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Presidential Election TLWIR Special – Which Man Would Be Better for Free Software?

http://beginlinux.com

Most geeks that I have met tend to not hold a great deal of interest in politics. We generally would prefer to spend our time solving technical problems than debating presidential politics. However, if we compare the two men fighting to be the commander-in-chief of the United States for the next four years, one has a clear advantage from a Free Software perspective.

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VA lays roadmap to certify VistA for meaningful use

http://www.govhealthit.com

The US Veterans Affairs Department is preparing a roadmap toward meaningful use certification of its VistA electronic health record version that is being updated and improved in the OSEHRA open source community.

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Italian Province of Trentino Approves Free Software Law

https://joinup.ec.europa.eu

The council of the government of the autonomous province of Trentino on Wednesday morning approved a law on free and open source software and open data. The law instructs public administrations to prepare migrations plans to switch to free and open source software and to make its software applications available as open source.

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4 Steps to immunity from UK snooping laws

https://fsfe.org

Last week's draft Communications Bill outlines how civil servants are again intent on surveilling the internet communications of innocent British citizens. Fortunately, Free Software provides several ways with which you can protect your privacy online, regardless of the measures that the Coalition may impose upon you or your telecoms providers.

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Assange the senator would champion free media

http://www.smh.com.au

In his first interview since declaring his intention to stand for the Senate at the next election, Mr Assange said he planned to be a defender of liberty and ''the right of citizens … to live lives free from state interference''.

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Indian Parliamentary Committee Trashes UID Bill

https://www.privacyinternational.org

"India's Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, a cross-party body created to study Bills being presented for consideration in Parliament, yesterday trashed NIAI Bill which seeks to set up a National Information Authority, whose job is to take over the functioning of the ordinated Unique Identity Authority of India(UIDAI), a branch of the Planning Commission.

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UN ICT agency asks world yoof, geeks for great tech ideas

http://www.theregister.co.uk

[Even if there were no prize, this would be a great advocacy opportunity for the FLOSS community to change the world. And we work with (or are) NPO's, too.]

As part of its revamp, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is asking yoof and geeks to submit world-changing ideas, 60 of which will earn their entrants a trip to Geneva to pitch them to "industry leaders".

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