Friday, September 17, 2010

Software Freedom Day Philippines (SFD) 2010

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) supporters in the Philippines will be holding a Software Freedom Day (SFD) on September 18, 2010. Registration starts at 8:00 AM at the College of Education in the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus.

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 ( 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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The Software Freedom Day 2010 network of organizers and supporters include CPU, the UP Network for Educational Technology, The Educational Technology Area of the UP Diliman College of Education, and the UP Linux Users Group as the main organizer and hosts. Partners include Novare Technologies, Mozilla Philippines, Sabaw Media Art Kitchen, Web Geek Philippines, Knowledge Channel, 98 Labs, the Office of Rep. Casiño, TXTPower, SnT-in-a-Box, Pilipinas I-Cafe Consumer Cooperative, Drupal Pilipinas, Pinoy Blender Users Group, Joomla Pilipinas, and Word Camp Philippines.

Those who cannot attend the event but would like to view the live broadcast, updates, resources and the program of activities can visit

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School organizations and partners include the Junior Computer Professionals' Union, Adamson University Computer Science Society, AdU CS Web Team, UP Physics Association, UP Engineering Student Council, PUP Taguig Computer Society, Asian Academy of Business and Computers and the Adu Open Source University Meetup. This event is also supported by SolidHosting.PH as the co-presentor, and by sponsors Exist Global, IT Pros Asia, and Mozilla Corp.

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