[Advocacy] OSS going before parliament next week
matthew.linden at siriusit.co.uk
Mon Nov 20 17:23:36 GMT 2006
Iain Roberts wrote:
> After the Queen's Speech this week, John Pugh MP will put down an
> Early Day Motion we've written saying nice things about OSS in
> education and expressing concern that Becta and the DfES aren't doing
> anything to promote it, even as far as a level playing field.
> When it's down, we'll be asking you to contact your MP and ask them to
> sign the EDM (we'll provide all the information you need to state the
> Myself, Leslie, Ian Lynch and Sue McGuire met with Becta's new Chief
> Executive last week (Becta being the govt. body advising schools on
> ICT). Becta have made it clear that they do not believe their
> procurement frameworks are unfair to OSS and they have no plans to
> promote OSS outside those frameworks.
> We disagree and are not going to be shy in saying so. If you can help
> us beyond contacting MPs (e.g. getting the message clear on our
> website, writing press releases, contacting other organisations that
> might support us (OSS, open standards, schools, universities,
> political groups etc.)) please let me know.
> You can find our under-development website at
> (To be migrated to www.openschoolsalliance.org in the next few days).
Would there be any merit in linking this in with starting a petition on:
and getting everyone we know who is pro FLOSS in the UK to sign it?
It only takes a couple of thousand of signatures to be very near the top
of the list.
Matthew Linden, Projects Director
Sirius Corporation - The Open Source Experts
Tel: 0870 608 0063 Mob: 07885 996 441
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