Advocates are pushing to inform the broadest number of Filipinos on the role of technology in social change with the 2010 main celebration of SFD is an international celebration of FOSS. Last year, over 900 teams in over 120 countries participated, enjoying simultaneous events in the Philippines from Luzon to Mindanao with live web feeds.
The Philippines saw the ICT sector mobilized in guarding the nation's first nation-wide automated elections in 2010, contributing its technical know-how in advocating for a transparent, fair and credible electoral exercise. The FOSS community contributed to the efforts, with free and open electoral monitoring tools such as the Vote Report PH (http://votereportph.org) powered by Drupal and Ushahidi. SFD Philippines 2010 seeks to make this effort a year-round advocacy.
Morning sessions will introduce participants to the basics and philosophy of FOSS to orient everyone in the principles of this software movement. Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño will discuss the current state of the FOSS Act of 2010 and legislative strategies for the local tech industry. The Computer Professionals' Union (CPU) will be discussing the use of FOSS in social advocacies.
The latest versions of free operating systems and applications can be copied and written on a CD or USB on site, as such everyone is enjoined to bring their own blank CDs and USBs. Various freebies will be given away and software freedom day t-shirts and pins will be for sale during the event. With various partner schools and organizations pledging to fully support the event, the event expects over 500 participants this year.
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Those who cannot attend the event but would like to view the live broadcast, updates, resources and the program of activities can visit www.sfdphilippines.org.
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