"If you read Stop!/Zona-M regularly, you already know
that "free as in freedom" software and file formats are an
essential tool for anybody interested in reducing expenses in
Public Administrations, make them more efficient and allow all
citizens to control in the best possible way what they
representatives are doing (and if you don't know this yet, it's
time to read the article linked at the bottom of this page!).
"What you may not know yet is that, in Italy, there is a
campaign ongoing since 2008 on these themes, called "CaroCandidato"
(Dear Candidate in english). This is the italian version of a much
larger European initiative, the Free Software pact. The campaign
consists of inviting all the candidates to any political or
administrative election to subscribe the italian version of the
Pact. The candidates who do it commit to actively promote Free
Software and Open Standards in the Public Administrations where, if
voted, they will work after the elections.
"This year, on March 28th and 29th, 13 of the 20 italian regions
will hold their elections for their regional government. These
elections are very important because they cover most of the country
and because region governors have actual powers over key issues as
health, education and industry."