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CPI(M) for free and open source software

Posted by egovindia on March 4, 2007

CPI(M) for free and open source software

It will be a major step towards breaking monopolisation of knowledge,
says Sitaram Yechury

HYDERABAD: Communist Party of India (Marxist) has asked the Centre to
shift to free and open source software in all its e-governance
applications, as it will be a major step towards breaking the
`monopoly’ of proprietary software that currently exists.

In schools
It also wants the Government to introduce free and open source
software in the curriculum from the school level, as its absence will
prevent dissemination of information to students later in their
“Monopoly of knowledge has become the new avenue of earning profits
and there is a need to liberate the stranglehold,” CPI (M) Polit
Bureau member and MP Sitaram Yechury has said.
Participating in the national convention on free software organised
jointly by Free Software Foundation India (FSFI) here on Saturday,
Mr. Yechury said as globalisation and technological advances were
integrating the world, companies were looking for new avenues for
generating profits.

Sharing not uniform
While the amount of global capital was increasing progressively, the
number of people between whom it was being shared was shrinking.
Coupled with this was the restriction on knowledge dissemination that
was leading to the widening of digital divide. “There is a greater
monopolisation of knowledge and only free software movement can
ensure that the restrictions are removed,” he said.


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\n \n \n Messages in this topic (1)\n \n \n \n Reply (via web post)\n | \n \n Start a new topic “,1] ); //–> FSFI chairman G. Nagarjuna said proprietary software companies were
controlling dissemination of knowledge in nexus with the Government
and certain bodies like Nasscom acting as `agents’ between the
Government and the industry. While right to encode (write) and decode
(read) software should be made mandatory, there was a need to declare
proprietary encoding `criminal’.

West Bengal Minister for IT Debesh Das said there were strategic
benefits with free and open source software as it would reduce
imports, enhance national security and reduce copyright infringement.
National Knowledge Commission vice-chairman P. M. Bhargava said the
world was entering into an era of knowledge imperialism using
software as an effective tool and there was a need to counter this.


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