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In 2006 CLUE undertook to create Advsory Councils who would assist its Board and executive to understand the needs and perspectives of the diverse FOSS community in Canada.
These Advisory Councils have not yet been defined. Please check back here later or contact us for more information.
CLUE is a virtual organization with supporters and members across the country. However, as in all groups there is a core of people who help bring it all together.
(For bios, click on the person's name)
The existence of a vibrant and active community has been critical to the worldwide growth in the use of open source software such as Linux, Apache, Firefox, and Jboss. The acceptance of open source distribution and development models into the IT mainstream has been the result of hard work by a combination of grassroots volunteers and commercial support organizations. Most of the technical obstacles to using open source have been eliminated, as people and organizations within the public and private sectors have discovered its many advantages.
Canada is home to many open source software projects, as well as a thriving community of users, academics, developers and vendors. The country has the potential to develop open source based IT into a truly home-grown infrastructure which encourages innovation, creates jobs, and offers export opportunities to serve the world's growing demand for open source expertise.
The Goals of CLUE, in the support of its vision and mission, are to:
There has been a lot of discussion about software patents and how evil they are over the past months. Even without the insanities concerning RIM and those concerning "business methods," there has been a lot to really dislike.
But nothing has gotten my back up the way patents (in the US) have been distributed on mathematics.
No, I'm not kidding.
If you studied advanced algebra or calculus, you know that Fourier analysis is an important and often-employed method. It is based on the notion that complex wave forms can be approximated by a sum of sinusoids, each of a different frequency. There are a number of techniques that have been developed to perform analyses employing computers.
**This is the text of the initial CSIA mailing that was sent out in December, 2005.**
Canada's open-source professionals and open-source advocates are coming together to make sure Canada's copyright law continues to support creativity and encourage innovation. Content industry lobbyists are calling for new controls that threaten important activities such as the right to reverse engineer, the right to create interoperable software and the right to conduct security research. These rights are crucial to software innovators and need to be guaranteed.
Canadian Software Innovation Alliance Green Sheet
Know your rights as an open source developer!
The Copyright Act isn't only about stopping people from copying music, movies, and software. Copyright law is also about balance between the rights of creators and the rights of users, and the Copyright Act makes sure of that.
Note: A new website has been launched at softwareinnovation.ca. This is a historical page from 2005.
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