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Policy and Political Advocacy
CLUE will identify the political issues of importance to its membership, and then work to advance its members' perspective to policy makers in both the private and public sectors as well as the news media. While identifying the appropriate people and organizations to which our message should be conveyed, we will work with our community to develop policy positions that are sound, factual, and relevant. We will effectively advance the interests of our membership while at the same time being prepared to debate and refute those interests and policies are counter to that of our membership.
Linux, BSD, the GNU Project, KDE, Apache, and thousands of other projects have demonstrated that FOSS techniques can produce some of the highest-quality, most secure, and most innovative components of today's Information Technology (IT). The rise in popularity of FOSS has been described as a consumer movement, a campaign for developer freedom, or simply a better way to produce technology.
Our opponents, generally companies whose revenues and/or control over consumers of technology are threatened by the growth of FOSS, come from a variety of industries and interests. Amongst them are:
Unsuccessful in attempts to discredit or diminish its appeal on technical grounds, these opposing interests are taking the campaign against FOSS to the realm of politics and public policy. Well-funded and aggressive, lobbying efforts that would work against the interests of the FOSS community are well established. The heavy sponsorship by corporate intermediaries of Sam Bulte, the Liberal MP who drafted an anti-consumer update of the country's copyright laws, is simply one of the most overt examples of this attempted influence.
To date, “piracy” accusations from corporate intermediaries have served as justifications for their pressure campaign to implement laws which would seriously impede the development of certain kinds of FOSS techniques. Without any credible opposition, this agenda threatens to become public policy.
CLUE intends to provide balance to relevant issues, ensuring that the points of view of the FOSS community are provided in a professional manner to appropriate decision makers.
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