[Advocacy] OSS going before parliament next week

Alain Williams addw at phcomp.co.uk
Mon Nov 20 18:07:23 GMT 2006


On Mon, Nov 20, 2006 at 05:23:22PM +0000, Matthew Linden wrote:
> 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 
> >case).
> >
> >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
> >
> >http://openschoolsalliance.bluefountain.com/
> >
> >(To be migrated to www.openschoolsalliance.org in the next few days).
> >
> >Iain.
> >
> >
> >
> Would there be any merit in linking this in with starting a petition on:
> 
> http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/
> 
> 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.

Good idea.
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Alain Williams
Parliament Hill Computers Ltd.
Linux Consultant - Mail systems, Web sites, Networking, Programmer, IT Lecturer.
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