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Swiss Parliamentarians found Group for Digital Sustainability – Maemst Blog

Swiss Parliamentarians found Group for Digital Sustainability
Friday May 01st 2009, 10:06h
Filed under: FLOSS, Politics

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Two years of lobbying for open source software in Swiss departmental and national politics finally reached a next milestone. This week the following six parliamentarians (Nationalräte) founded the cross-party parliamentarian group “Digital Sustainability” coordinated by the Swiss Open Systems User Group /ch/open:

Walter Donzé (Nationalrat EVP Kt. Bern)
Edith Graf-Litscher (Nationalrätin SP Kt. Thurgau)
Kathy Riklin (Nationalrätin CVP Kt. Zürich)
Alec von Graffenried (Nationalrat Grüne Kt. Bern)
Christian Wasserfallen (Nationalrat FDP Kt. Bern)
Thomas Weibel (Nationalrat GLP Kt. Zürich)

Next to the legislative politicians also pioneers in public open source diffusion such as François Marthaler, member of the governing council of Vaud, as well as Kurt Bader from Solothurn attended the meeting.

Having dinner with Swiss parliamentarians

We spent a nice dinner in the Café Fédéral after the first day of the Sondersession analyzing the previous political proposals and discussing various possibilities on how to continue:

It’s also great to notice that the topic of open source software becomes more and more diffused into media for government officials (see article on SGVW portal) and private persons (see article in the current issue of WOZ).

Update 2009-05-04: Nice reactions from the European ICT community on our today’s press releases in German and French:
heise.de
Linux Magazin
Open Source Observatory
Golem.de
inside.it
Computerworld
InfoWeek
iTReseller


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Finde ich super!

Comment by Luzius Meisser 05.05.09 @ 8:01h

Ausgezeichnet! Wie kann ich helfen? Ich versuche derzeit die GLP Thurgau ein wenig über Freie Software zu informieren, meine Erfahrungen im Lobbyieren halten sich allerdings in Grenzen. Können Sie mir ein paar Tipps geben?

Comment by Raphael 05.05.09 @ 10:51h

Hallo Raphael

Danke für deinen Kommentar. Generelle Tipps zum Lobbyieren sind schwierig zu geben - es ist halt eine etwas delikate Tätigkeit ;) Wichtig sind aber sicher vertrauenswürdige Unterlagen, weshalb wir zB eine Informationsbroschüre zu OSS verfasst haben: http://www.ch-open.ch/osswhitepaper/

Komm doch heute oder am 20. Mai an meinen Kurzvortrag an den Open Business Lunches: http://www.ch-open.ch/

Liebe Grüsse, Matthias

Comment by matthias 05.05.09 @ 23:33h



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