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NewsForge: Seminar Leads to Ongoing Forum for UK FOSS Interests

Dec 26, 2005, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

" When Dr. Mohammad Al-Ubaydli agreed to deliver a seminar on 'Open Source in Government' to parliamentary staff members and representatives of local government in the United Kingdom earlier this month, he planned to introduce his audience to some basic concepts. However, when he got there, he found that most of the audience was already familiar with the concepts. As a result, instead of educating people in public life, he may have done more than he hoped--he may have helped to create an ongoing forum in which the free and open source software (FOSS) communities, political lobbyists, and members of the governing Labour Party and the opposition Conservative Party can work together to promote the use of FOSS in the governments of the United Kingdom.

"The seminar was held on December 1 at Portcullis House, an office and conference complex for British Members of Parliament and their staff..."

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