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UNCTAD Expert Meeting on Free and Open Source Software

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will sponsor an Expert Meeting on Free and Open Source Software in Geneva from 22 to 24 September 2004.

The meeting, convened in accordance with the decision taken by the Commission on Enterprise, Business Facilitation, and Development at its eighth session, will will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 22 September 2004.

The topics discussed will include:

  • What are the economic and social development implications of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)?
  • Why should FOSS be of particular interest to developing countries and transition economies?
  • Is FOSS applicable to commercial and business activity?
  • How does the FOSS idea and process effect other spheres of human activity important for development, such as health, education, or copyright and patent law?

The program, agenda, and further details are available on UNCTAD's homepage.

Recent comments

04 Jan 2006 02:29 Avatar mass999

Re: Outcome?
are there any new meetings in the new year coming up

09 Feb 2005 12:29 Avatar tech1008

More conferences like this one?
Are there any more conferences like this coming up in the US?

29 Nov 2004 03:21 Avatar AndrewCates

Re: Outcome?
The website has a list of attendees. Richard Stallman was the only name I recognised but it didn't really look representative of people who work in free software. Lots of third world country delegates and a few microsoft etc people. BozMo

04 Oct 2004 03:23 Avatar elobauen

Anybody been there?

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