[Wolves] Acting on OS in Euro Elections

Howard Berry howard at berry-loubaud.com
Sun May 24 10:49:52 UTC 2009

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Hello All you FLOSS activists,
You may be aware of the forthcoming European Elections:-)
It would be a good time for us to lobby the candidates to raise some
awareness of the Free Open Source software movement. As I am sure you
are aware that UK politicians lag well behind most of the rest of Europe
in any knowledge or understanding of the issues of patenting etc..
Here is a quoted email I received from the Free Software Foundation that
you may want to read and respond to.
A list of the Euro candidates can be found here:
If you have the time please email any or all of them to ask them to sign
the Free Software Pact:


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Today's Topics:

   1. Free Software Action Alert! (Peter Brown)

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Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 13:22:47 -0400
From: Peter Brown <peterb at fsf.org>
Subject: [FSF] Free Software Action Alert!
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Dear Free Software Supporter,

The upcoming European parliament elections give the free software
movement an opportunity to educate the candidates to the importance of
protecting free software from bad legislation involving software
patents, interoperability and net neutrality.  The French free software
association April has organized the Free Software Pact initiative, but
they need your help. In particular, candidates in the UK need to be
contacted immediately.

Mark Taylor, the coordinator for the Free Software Pact in the UK, said,
"The current UK Government is embarrassingly behind the rest of Europe
in formulating public policy on the use of free software. Across the
rest of the continent we see significant adoption and political support
for free software. The Free software Pact is therefore an ideal way to
draw attention to the reform the UK public sector needs and the enormous
cost savings yet to be realized. For too long the UK has been dependent
on the relationship with proprietary software companies like Microsoft,
who are hell-bent on keeping our politicians confused on this matter. If
you care about this situation, and the resulting cost to our economy,
society and political culture, please contact the MEP candidates in your
region and ask them to sign the Free Software Pact."

Help the campaign now by visiting:
http://groups.fsf.org/wiki/Euro_Elections_2009 .

- -- Peter T. Brown Executive Director Free Software Foundation
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