[Advocacy] OSS going before parliament next week
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
> >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.
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