Well, it sure looks like it. After reading Cory Doctorow’s posting about how UN is about to kill podcasts I can’t help but wonder where this world is headed. UN’s homepage greets you with “Welcome to the UN. It’s your world.” It’s increasingly looking like they are turning into yet another US lapdog. It’s a pity, because what the world really needs is a body with power that can stand against the short-termist and often idiotic thinking that the US seems to be filled to the brim with.
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The United Nations has recommended its members use open source software, particularly in areas related to health, education and international commerce, UN inspector Dominique Ouredrago said during a speech at the II international open source conference in Spain.
Now this is good, right?
Well, I’m not sure it’s good enough. I’m not convinced the difference between open source and free software is understood within the UN. What they should recommend is use of free software.
Second, until there is unambiguous patenting laws prohibiting patents on software in the major markets in the world there is a threat looming over open source and free software. Will the UN address this issue as well?