free software for open thinking

26 January 2005

The Inter Press Service, which has a big team reporting from the forum, carried this earlier today

...All of about 1,000 computers at the forum are using
free software. The official website has been developed
for the first time in 'php,' an open source language.

A new translation system is also a free software tool.
The system has been developed by Nomad, a group of
programmers from India, Brazil, France and Britain
working since 2003 on a voluntary basis to build the
system for the World Social Forum (WSF).

A Tunisian group has developed a programme to store
video footage and offer it on the Internet.

more at:http://ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=2717

James Crabtree, our consulting e-political guru, may have something to say
on this and other IT related aspects of the Forum

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To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

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The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

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