Archive for January, 2010

Ask YouTube for Ogg support!

Ask YouTube for Ogg support!

People are voting for Google to offer HTML5/Ogg video support on YouTube, in Google’s own product ideas voting space. This piece of Ogg activism is getting some traffic on identi.ca and Twitter right now. If you haven’t already, you should jump in. YouTube is, obviously, the largest source of videos in the world by far, so keeping pressure on Google […]

January 23, 2010 · 0 comments · Software
Free software in the Haiti aid effort, and how you can help

Free software in the Haiti aid effort, and how you can help

OpenStreetMap and Sahana are two free software projects that are facilitating aid to Haiti. We wanted to call attention to two free software projects that have been involved in the Haiti humanitarian effort, both because of the usefulness of their work and because they can surely use the help of skilled volunteers. The first, Sahana, is free software for disaster […]

January 20, 2010 · 0 comments · linux news
MPAA and RIAA Seek Net Neutrality Copyright Loophole

MPAA and RIAA Seek Net Neutrality Copyright Loophole

Last week the MPAA and RIAA submitted their comments in the FCC’s net neutrality proceeding. As anticipated in EFF’s comments, the big media companies are pushing for a copyright loophole to net neutrality. They want to be able to pressure ISPs to block, interfere with, or otherwise discriminate against your perfectly lawful activities in the course of implementing online copyright […]

January 20, 2010 · 0 comments · News & Announcements
Public sector should use open standards

Public sector should use open standards

The Commissioner-designate Neelie Kroes wants the public sector to increase its use of open standards, she said in her appearance before a European Parliament committee on 14 January. “Digital society depends on open standards and interoperability, and with this in mind, public organisations must practise what they promote. If they don’t use open standards, why should citizens? I will pursue […]

January 20, 2010 · 0 comments · News & Announcements
Open standards made mandatory for public administrations

Open standards made mandatory for public administrations

Open standards have been made mandatory for the IT systems of Hungary’s public administrations. The Hungarian parliament voted in favour of amendments prescribing open standards, to a law on electronic government services, on 14 December. The changes received 197 votes in favour, one against and 146 abstentions, according to the Open Standard Alliance, a Hungarian advocacy group that lobbyed in […]

January 20, 2010 · 0 comments · News & Announcements
European Parliament restart workgroup on open source software

European Parliament restart workgroup on open source software

A number of members of the European Parliament are about to start an informal cross party working group on ‘new media, free and open source software and open information society’. The intergroup is expected to begin in February, with the support of the European People’s Party (EPP), the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (Alde) and the European Greens. The working […]

January 20, 2010 · 0 comments · News & Announcements