Heinz is one of the guys behind the adoption of laws requiring
government bodies to use Free Software in various Latin American
countries, particularly Argentina, Peru, and Venezuela. These laws
have met mixed results.
In particular, Heinz argues that use of Free Software is necessary
to fulfill the state's promise the the citizens that their data
which it keeps and processes, will be kept with three principles:
Security. No one should be able to prevent the people who do
have the right to access that data, from doing so
Persistence. How long the data is usable for should be
determined by the government
Transparency. Actions which the laws mandate must be
verifiable by the citizens.
Heinz explains that this can be done through manual procedures, but
when it is done digitally, Free Software must be used.
Ciaran O'Riordan: GPLv3: the process and the changes
This is a topic that IFSO requested he talk about, and it's
something that's also important to him. Issues such as access to
education are far more acute there than in Ireland.
This should be of particular interest to those evaluating or
advocating the use of Free Software for the software infrastructure
of schools and universities, for the teaching curricula based on
"Free Software and democracy are not equivalent, Free Software
is just a precondition. You can run a dictatorship on free
software, it might even make it more efficient, but you cannot run a
democracy on proprietary software."
Event programme & details
The event will start soon after 14h00 on the evening of Saturday,
April 29th. There will be a 30 minute break between the two talks,
and tea, coffee, and buscuits will be provided.