Now that the software patents debacle is at an end, for the moment at least, I
was thinking it might a good idea to try to meet the TDs and MEPs around Cork
and help them to understand what Open Source is, how it benefits the Irish IT
industry and society as a whole, and how many businesses in their local
constituencies are using or developing Open Source software.
I'd like to counteract the propoganda put out by Microsoft and their ilk that
depicts Open Source advocates as rabid anti-globalisation nuts, and try to
bring some sort of legitimacy to the concept in their minds.
I think a series of scheduled meetings with the public representatives, for an
open discussion would help very much in this regard. By open discussion, I
mean that however unpalatable they may be, we should also listen to the
politicians views, before trying to counteract them.
If anybody is interested at all, please let me know ASAP.
Btw, I have no intention of letting this become partisan. This not about
confrontation, and comparing party political policy. This, I believe, should
be about ensuring that individual public representatives understand and
hopefully sympathise with the FOSS community.
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