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Dec 18, 2003, 02:30 (14 Talkback[s])
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"The International Telecommunications Union's World Summit on the Information Society (or WSIS for short, because we need more acronyms in the world) was last week. The conference was intended as a forum to discuss the information technology revolution, and more specifically, the growing 'digital divide' between rich and poor nations...

"Of particular interest, however, was a moderated debate on the issue of preferential treatment for open-source products in government procurement, a topic I have discussed in the past. Four of the panelists were pro-preference, and represented Malaysia, Cuba, Peru and Kenya. The lone voice opposing such preferences was Bob Kramer, Vice President for Public Policy from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a group upon which Bruce Perens has trained his ever-present 'Microsoft is the source of everything bad that happens' machine gun..."

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