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National Free Software Conference

A National Conference on FREE SOFTWARE is being held on the 15th & 16th of November, 2008 at the campus of Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi. The 2007 Conference was held in Hyderabad.

Information Technology (IT) has revolutionised the way people communicate and enterprises run their business. Internet has provided yet another space, the cyber space, facilitating people round the globe to organise themselves in newer forms. There is no debate that our country, its people and institutions need this technology for its progress.

Understand Software

Software is an important component of an IT application, if not the most important. Software remained in the public domain till nineteen eighties. In the eighties, it was taken over by business interests and is now a private property with Intellectual Property Right (IPR) restrictions. The impact of patents and copyrights which are various forms of IPR are basically two fold. On the one hand it has restricted the transfer and growth of knowledge in society through monopolisation, while on the other hand it has resulted in the siphoning of wealth from the brick and mortar economy to the cyber economy at alarming proportions.

Conference Overview

The Conference will be a milestone in the history of the Free Software movement in India. The event will comprise of

INAUGURAL & PLENARY SESSIONS
SEMINARS
OPEN FORUMS
WORKSHOPS
DEMONSTRATION OF PRODUCTS & TOOLS
EXHIBITIONS
SOUVENIR PUBLICATION
CULTURAL PROGRAMMES

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