Italian Courts Find Open Source Software Terms Enforceable

The issue was that the software was redistributed without including acknowledgment of the original work, including information about changes the defendants had made to the software, and with no mention of the software’s copyright holders.

“They also proceeded with the unlawful behavior [of] ignoring the formal termination notice,” the company added, “which is the first protection tool implemented to safeguard the developers who decide to share their code in a free form.”

From http://ifthisbetreason.com/2021/12/italian-courts-find-open-source-software-terms-enforceable/

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs launches open source toolbox to fight disinformation

Source: French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On the occasion of the 2019 European elections and ahead of France’s 2022 presidential elections, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched in 2019 a toolbox of open source software and open resources to fight disinformation. As of December 2021, Internet users can access software to detect fake Twitter accounts, assess the legality of political advertisement on Facebook, and use multiple further resources on good practices to counter disinformation. Further work is ongoing to develop and deploy additional online resources.

Fake news, disinformation, misinformation: in the past decade, the manipulation of publicly available information on online platforms and social media soared tremendously in Europe and beyond. In 2018, 83% of respondents to a Eurobarometer survey indicated that fake news represent a danger to democracy.

See https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/collection/open-source-observatory-osor/news/disinfo-open-toolbox-fight-disinformation

Feedback from Dec 2021 Meeting

Feedback from December’s monthly meeting (next online meeting Tues 1st Feb at 15:00 as link in group profile):

1. Was a fairly quick meeting but we agreed, as with last year, we’ll skip the Jan 4th meeting, so next meeting with be first Tues in Feb.
2. SAOSS Twitter – we noted we are not getting the retweet’s and likes we want to see from the few posts we do and which inc The Presidency and others. It makes our effort look bad as no support is seen. It is suggested therefore that any SAOSS members with Twitter accounts, please activate notifications for the SAOSS account so they are alerted to tweets to be retweeted. It is only two or so tweets per month.
3. Kubernetes as a MIOS cloud standard – Karl will go see Richard at SITA in Jan.
4. Establishing a FOSS special interest group for GITOC – Aslam to speak to Nhlanhla (Deon Nel already expressed willingness to discuss with Nhlanhla) – pending feedback.
5. Right to Repair – Danie will convey to GITOC TTT to have it added as an agenda point on their meeting.
6. We also discussed some other issues (carried over) that are not for action right now but we’ll keep them on as discussion points:
6.1 Enterprise Architecture – Mohamed raises importance of it determining direction and FOSS awareness legislation, MIOS, etc but often external parties are just contracted to complete it for Depts and Entities. Keu is on this group and can be involved in this.
6.2 IT in schools – the fact that Delphi is still being taught, whilst Python is so popular and even presented by Microsoft says Karl. It is possibly something that can be taken up within the FOSS special interest group.

Swedish Government report for digital collaboration platform technologies for the public sector puts Nextcloud front and centre as the key solution in this space

The report was put together by 8 Swedish government agencies, including the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Companies Registration Office and the Försäkringskassan. The report gives an exhaustive definition of digital collaboration, noting the important components needed for teams to work together.

Nextcloud is already in use at the Swedish Transport Agency and the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, while Försäkringskassan offers authorities Nextcloud as a service.

See https://nextcloud.com/blog/swedish-government-nextcloud-premier-digital-collaboration-platform/

#technology #opensource #sweden #government #nextcloud

Congratulations to the new German government coalition for their open source strategy!

The new German ‘traffic light’ coalition from SPD, Greens and FDP released the results of weeks of negotiation: their coalition agreement. A key component of this extensive agreement are commitments to furthering the digitalization of the German government, in particular through the use of open source and with an eye towards Digital Sovereignty of the German government.

Some relevant quotes:

„We want to increase the strategic sovereignty of Europe.“

„Municipalities must benefit from federal funds and be able to adopt solutions developed within the framework of the One-for-all principle. (Public Money Public Code)“

„We require open standards for public IT projects. Development contracts should typically be commissioned as open source, the corresponding software is generally made public. On the basis of a multi-cloud strategy and open interfaces as well as strict security and transparency requirements, we are building a public administration cloud.“

„Government data from all administrative levels are to be made available in standardized formats in the future. The agricultural data room in Gaia-X as the basis of a European data infrastructure with clear usage rights for farmers to the farm-specific data, which they helped to create, is being further developed with standardized interfaces. Open source formats are expressly supported.“

See https://nextcloud.com/blog/congratulations-to-the-new-german-government-coalition-for-their-open-source-strategy/

The north-German state of Schleswig-Holstein plans to switch to open source software, including LibreOffice, in its administration and schools

In doing so, the state wants to reduce its dependence on proprietary software, and eventually end it altogether. By the end of 2026, Microsoft Office is to be replaced by LibreOffice on all 25,000 computers used by civil servants and employees (including teachers), and the Windows operating system is to be replaced by GNU/Linux.

The necessary steps for this are specified in the planning of the Schleswig-Holstein state parliament (German), as digital minister Jan Philipp Albrecht explains in an interview with c’t.

German State moving to LibreOffice

See https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2021/11/18/german-state-planning-to-switch-25000-pcs-to-libreoffice/

In the spirit of open government, France dumps 9,067 repos online with public sector open-source code, to show off its FOSS credentials

The release happened as a result of a decree of Open Government from 30 October 2019 after the French government joined the Open Government Partnership in April 2014. After two years of work, the site hit version 1.0 on Wednesday.

This really allows further re-use of publicly funded code, and also serves as a boost for their own small businesses who want to make use of it for themselves or to serve their customers.

See https://www.theregister.com/2021/11/11/french_government_foss/

#opensource #opengovernment #france #publicsector

Feedback from Nov 2021 Meeting

Hi all, feedback from the online monthly meeting today 3 Nov 2021:

1. Telegram SAOSS group – as agreed at last month’s meeting it was closed and deleted today.
2. Kubernetes as a MIOS standard for cloud – Karl will still get to see Richard Brown at SITA to discuss.
3. Establishing a FOSS special interest group for GITOC – it is not for us to say how GITOC TTT will be involved or the nature of the new entity, but we need to establish correct Chairperson at TTT to discuss with Nhlanhla. Roles and hierarchy are important for gov to determine, and it is envisaged it may be a special interest group. Danie will establish contact person with TTT.
4. Events – we need to think about Software Freedom Day and similar for next year. We will use the SAOSS website event calendar for now to pin events down.
5. Right to Repair – Danie feels it is more in TTT domain being hardware related and he will convey our ideas around repairability scoring etc to TTT.
6. We also discussed some other issues that are not for action right now but we’ll keep them on as discussion points:
6.1 Enterprise Architecture – Mohamed raises importance of it determining direction and FOSS awareness legislation, MIOS, etc but often external parties are just contracted to complete it for Depts and Entities. Keu is on this group and can be involved in this.
6.2 IT in schools – the fact that Delphi is still being taught, whilst Python is so popular and even presented by Microsoft says Karl. It is possibly something that can be taken up within the FOSS special interest group.

Next meeting 7th Dec 2021 at 15:00. Website and Jitsi link is in Signal Group’s header.

Feedback from Oct 2021 Meeting

Today’s meeting as per website event:
1. Sensitising GITOC TTT to open source SC or working group – Danie contacted TTT and they discussed it last Friday at their meeting and await developments.
2. Kubernetes as cloud standard – Karl will go see Richard at SITA.
3. Aslam to speak to Nhlanhla re SC – pending feedback.
4. Decided unanimously to move the chat group to Signal as a closed group. Reasons are Signal is E2EE, is open source, and we have a need to discuss some sensitive topics. This means that anyone joining the new group will need to be peer reviewed by an existing member that knows that. Myself, Calwin, and Mohamed are already on the new group. I will reach out to some of the existing members here on the Telegram group and invite them, but if we miss anyone, please contact myself or Karl. This should allow some who left this group, to rejoin. It means we won’t any longer be running a public open Telegram group, but this group will only close down after next month’s Jitsi meeting. Our website remains public as a resource for documents, news, and the discussion forum.