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|Conference on Free Software Development and Usage|
|Unesco Free Software Portal (Claudio Menezes)||Aug 21 2003||original|
|Posted by cristina||Feb 16 2004 - 20:18|
|An article about the first Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Free Software Development and Usage (LACFREE) that was organized by a Free Software Developers and Users Consortium.|
|Some thousand free software experts gathered last week in Cusco, Peru, at the first Latin American and the Caribbean Conference on Free Software Development and Usage (LACFREE) that was organized by a Free Software Developers and Users Consortium, the UNESCO Offices in Lima and Montevideo and the Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática of Peru.|
World-renowned specialists, such as Richard Stallman (USA), Anahuac de Paula Gil (Brazil), Marcelo d'Elia Branco (Brazil), John Maddog Hall (USA), Mark Kahle (USA) participated in the debate of the three-day Conference (11-13 August 2003.)
The conference's main objectives were to promote knowledge on the usage of free software, to exchange experiences and new implementation practices and to analyze the impact that free software has on the the development of the information society in developing countries.
Themes that were discussed included the concept of Free Software, national and international Free Software policies, its ethical, legal and social aspects and free software application in education, science and culture and human resource development.
"I'm grateful to UNESCO for recognizing that, in the domain of software, free software disseminates human knowledge in a way that non-free software cannot do" says Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation in an article for the UNESCO Free Software Portal.