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Today's Featured Article
No news is good news
Monday, January 19 2009 @ 05:57 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 66,711
General News The site is still alive, but not much is going on.

Overwhelming opposition to adoption of OOXML as standard, Canada wants ODF
Saturday, May 26 2007 @ 10:55 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 68,115
General News From LXer:

The Standards Council of Canada is seeking comments on a proposal to adopt Office Open XML (Open XML or OOXML) as an international standard. So far there are over 130 comments to this proposal and the message is clear. People don't want OOXML.

Read the full thing at http://lxer.com/module/newswire/view/87536/index.html


Saskatchewan to provide free wireless Internet access
Monday, February 26 2007 @ 12:10 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 71,808
General News Residents and visitors to the downtown business districts and post-secondary institutions of Saskatchewan’s four largest centres will soon be able to access the country’s largest wireless Internet network, free-of-charge. Premier Lorne Calvert and Minister responsible for Information Technology Andrew Thomson made the announcement today in Saskatoon.

Read the full thing at http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=71f283b3-f8f8-44c4-b0d6-693921262e29


Interview with Free Culture Canada's Justin Barca
Wednesday, November 08 2006 @ 10:31 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 9,850
General News A growing movement, Free Culture started at Swathmore College in Pennsylvania during 2004 after two students sued voting-machine manufacturer From thedigitalmusicweblog:

Diebold for abusing copyright law. Now spread to thirty campuses in the US and branching into other countries, Free Culture's mission is "to build a bottom-up, participatory structure to society and culture, rather than a top-down, closed, proprietary structure."

Read the full thing at http://digitalmusic.weblogsinc.com/2006/11/07/interview-with-free-culture-canadas-justin-barca/


US-Canadian body suspends certification of open-source encryption tool
Monday, July 24 2006 @ 01:00 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 4,772
General News A joint U.S. and Canadian organization that certifies encryption tools for use by federal government agencies has suspended its validation of OpenSSL cryptographic technology for the second time in less than six months.

The decision means that government agencies cannot purchase the open-source tool for the time being, although those that have already done so will still be allowed to use it. OpenSSL is an open-source implementation of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer security protocols. It is widely used to encrypt and decrypt data on the Internet.

Read the full thing at itWorldCanada


Unchecked lobby power plays an old familiar tune
Monday, June 12 2006 @ 07:54 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 5,740
General News From The Hill Times:

At 10:01 in the morning of Feb. 6, 2006, at the precise moment that a new Conservative Cabinet was being sworn into office at Rideau Hall, David Dyer, a senior consultant with the Capital Hill Group and a registered lobbyist for the Canadian Recording Industry Association, sent an email to Patricia Neri, the director general of Canadian Heritage's Copyright Policy Branch.

The email included a suggested outline for a March 2 event focused on copyright reform. It envisioned a meeting with the Canadian Heritage Deputy Minister Judith LaRoque, two hours of presentations from speakers sympathetic to CRIA's position, lunch with deputy ministers from Heritage, Industry, and International Trade, and a private meeting with the soon-to-be named Minister of Canadian Heritage.

One month later, virtually the identical scenario played itself out in Canadian Heritage's Gatineau offices and in the private dining room of a swank nearby restaurant.

Read the full thing at http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2006/june/12/geist/&c=1


The CAISI Project: Can software developers end chronic homelessness?
Monday, June 05 2006 @ 09:04 CST
Contributed by: CAISI
Views:: 2,648
General News The CAISI Project was founded in response to the critical community issue of chronic homelessness, and to create new ways to combat the problems with current solutions. Working with homeless clients, agencies, shelters, hospitals and other advocates, the CAISI open source system is used to integrate and enhance care, and prevent people who are homeless from slipping through cracks in the system caused by incompatible databases.

The census online application now accessible to Linux operating system
Monday, May 15 2006 @ 02:09 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,530
General News It looks like someone is listening:

"In response to demand, Statistics Canada has removed the restriction for Linux. This change takes effect May 13th, 2006."

Full details are at http://www22.statcan.ca/ccr02/ccr02_003_e.htm


Canadian Census controversy continues
Saturday, May 13 2006 @ 07:54 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,254
General News From Newsforge:

Linux User Groups (LUG) and Canadian elected officials are responding to the news that the Canadian online census forms block free software users from participating. Last week's story helped uncover the fact that the software used for the online census seems to violate several government policies and treaties.

Read the full thing at http://trends.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/05/12/144252


Canadian online census discriminates against FOSS
Monday, May 08 2006 @ 05:36 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,143
General News From Newsforge:

In 2006, Canadians can fill out their census forms online for the first time -- but not if they use GNU/Linux, or are free software advocates who prefer not to install a proprietary version of Java.

Read the full thing at http://trends.newsforge.com/


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