George Lucas Educational Foundation



The Free and Open Source Software community in India calls upon
political parties to make FOSS usage and promotion a central part of
the IT, e-government and education plans in their election manifestos.
FOSS is software which is liberally licensed to grant the right of
users to study, change, and improve its design through the
availability of its source code. The open, inclusive and participatory
nature of FOSS is a natural fit for the vibrant traditions of Indian
democracy and its emphasis on sharing knowledge. Since software is the
foundation of the digital economy, India's IT infrastructure should be
built on FOSS and not on closed, proprietary software systems that
enforce restrictive licenses, limit the freedom of users and encourage
monopolistic behavior.
We believe that encouragement of FOSS will result in:
* Development of the domestic IT industry
* Creation of jobs
* Encouragement of skills development and up gradation
* Enable localization of software to Indian languages
* Reduction of India's dependence on monopolistic proprietary software vendors
* Encourage the usage of open standards
* Bridging the digital divide
* Rapid modernization and computerization of India's education system
* Technology up gradation of India's Small and Medium Enterprises
* Efficient usage of budget outlays for e-government
* Faster technology development through Collaborative Innovation

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