FLOSS as Democratic Principle: Free Software as Democratic Principle

By Mark Perry and Brian Fitzgerald.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Using Free/Libre and Open Source Software in key areas of government can help improve the democratic process

Keywords: Free/Libre and Open Source Software, Democracy, Security, Core Government Infrastructure

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.155-164. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.093MB).

Prof. Mark Perry

Professor Perry is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Law Society of Upper Canada, a Faculty Fellow at IBM's Centre for Advanced Studies, a Correspondent for the Computer Law and Security Report, a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers , the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the Association of Computer Machinery, and a reviewer for both Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant applications, is in the College of Reviewers of the Canada Research Chairs, a reviewer for Canadian Foundation for Innovation, on the Editorial Board of Butterworths Lexis Technology Law Forum, a member in the Seldon Society, the Computer Research Association, on the executive committee for the ACM Special Interest Group on Computers and Society, in the UWO Bioethics Research Group. He has accepted invitations from Law Schools in Australia, India, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, and Canada to speak a research-intensive colloquia and to classes on his research, which in law is focused on the nexus of law and science.

Prof. Brian Fitzgerald

Prof. Fitzgerald is co-editor of one of Australia's leading texts on E-Commerce, Software and the Internet - Going Digital 2000 - and has published articles on Law and the Internet, Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law in Australia, the United States, Europe and Japan. Over the past two years Brian has delivered seminars on information technology and intellectual property law in Australia, New Zealand, China, USA, Canada, Norway and the Netherlands. In October 2000 he was invited as Distinguished Speaker hosted by the Ontario wide Centre for Innovation Law and Policy to speak on Digital Property at the University of Western Ontario Law School in London, Canada. During the first half of 2001 he was a Visiting Professor at Santa Clara University Law School in Silicon Valley USA, teaching a seminar on Digital Property. In March 2001 he convened a forum on "Innovation, Software, and Reverse Engineering: Technological and Legal Issues" and in June 2001 organised a seminar on "Legal and Business Issues Relating to Open Source Software" both held at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. From 1998-2001 Brian was Head of the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University in NSW.


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