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Working group on libre software

The Information Society Directorate-General of the European Commission has created a working group on 'libre software', to analyse the free software phenomenon and draft a set of recommendations for the European Union.

The group features representatives from both the Commissi...
The Information Society Directorate-General of the European Commission has created a working group on 'libre software', to analyse the free software phenomenon and draft a set of recommendations for the European Union.

The group features representatives from both the Commission and active players from the free software arena in Member States.

Carlo Daffena, head of research and development at Conecta Telematica, Italy, and Jesús González-Barahona of the Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid University in Spain, presented the group's first paper at a working group on libre software at IST99, the annual European conference on Information Society Technologies.

Since then, a mailing list has been prepared for further discussion. Subscription is available by writing to: freesw-request@conecta.it.

Further to the report of ISTAG, the external advisory group for the IST Programme, open source software is listed in the major priorities of the IST Work Programme 2000, and several action lines have specifically targeted support to use and development of open source and free software.

Speaking at the Information Security Solutions Europe Conference, ISSE 99, Commissioner Erkki Liikanen, whose portfolio covers Enterprise and the Information Society, expressed his support for open source software solutions for security platforms. He said: 'The promotion of open source systems in conjunction with technology development is certainly one important step towards unlocking the potential of the desktop security market for the European cryptographic industry.'

The current issue paper and a discussion mailing list are available at: http://eu.conecta.it/

Source: Information Society Directorate-General

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