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Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) refers to software, the source code of which is publicly shared and licensed in such a manner as to allow it to be freely used, modified, and shared. It offers several crucial benefits over proprietary closed-source software, such as improved security, stability, and privacy due to community oversight, and greater control over the technologies that people use. Moreover, as FOSS is underpinned by the sharing economy and collaborative innovation, it makes for software that works for the benefit of the larger society rather than profit-driven interests of corporations. We make it our mandate to promote FOSS at all levels of governance as well as amongst general users, and work with stakeholders to catalyse its widespread adoption. We also provide pro-bono legal advice to FOSS developers.

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SFLC.in at Swatantra ’17

Dates: 20 and 21 December 2017Venue: Mascot Hotel, Trivandrum, Kerala, IndiaPeople in attendance: ~400 Panel Discussion SFLC.in was a part of the closing session titled “Software Freedom – Challenges Ahead”. Panelists included: Prasanth Sugathan, Legal Director, SFLC.in Praveen Arimbrathodiyil, Pirate Party of India Benjamin Maco Hill, Assistant Professor in Communication, University of Washington Abhas Abhinav, […]

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Seminar on IPR for Start Ups and Entrepreneurs in Software & IT Enabled Industries

The Technology Centre of Confederation of Indian Industry(CII) in association with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is organizing a Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for Start Ups & Entrepreneurs in Software & IT Enabled Industries on November 22, 2017 at Hotel Holiday Inn, Kochi. The Program aims to provide a platform for […]

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SFLC.in at 4CCon [26-28 January, 2017; Chennai]

4CCon (Collaboration, Contribution, Community and Commons Conference), the second national conference by Free Software Movement of India (FSMI) took place from 26 January 2017 to 28 January 2017. The first day was for pre-conference workshops, and the second and third day were for the actual conference. Free Software Foundation Tamil Nadu (FSFTN), a member organization […]

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4Ccon – Second National Conference on Free Software

We are partnering with FSMI in organizing 4Ccon, FSMI’s second national conference on free software. We will be there to talk and discuss about the state of the affairs in the fight against Software Patents, our ongoing work on Internet Shutdowns and of course, free software. The conference will be held from 26th to 29th of January 2017 […]

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Information received regarding SWAYAM under Right To Information Act, 2005

SWAYAM, the national Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) project established by Ministry of Human Rights Development (MHRD), is a laudatory effort set to serve as a source for courses related to all fields from high school to post graduation. This one stop destination is meant to bridge the educational and digital divide by ensuring learning resources […]

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Timeline for India’s MOOC platform – SWAYAM

2014: SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) is announced by the Ministry of Human Rights Development (MHRD), as a national platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for the country in 2014 under its National Mission on Education through Information & Communication Technology (NME-ICT). This platform is being developed to serve […]

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SFLC.in at FSMK Camp 2016

Free Software Movement of Karantaka (FSMK) organizes annual week long technical camps for students, with a special emphasis on Free & Open Source Software (FOSS), its significance, benefits, and contribution towards an internet ecosystem that is free (as in Freedom) and accessible to all. SFLC.in was a proud co-organizer of the FSMK Camp, 2016 held […]

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Kerala State IT Policy – A Stakeholder Consultation (16th July, 2016)

SFLC.in, Democratic Alliance for Knowledge Freedom (DAKF) and InfoPark Ernakulam Public Library Branch are jointly organising a discussion session to gather inputs from various stakeholders for the upcoming IT Policy of the Kerala State Government.The participants include Government representatives, Free Software Activists, Industry representatives, civil society organisations, Trade Union representatives and others. The workshop will be […]

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Economic Impact of Usage of FOSS in Government – IIMB Report – June 2015

A team of researchers, under a grant from ICFOSS, headed by Prof. Rahul De, Hewlett-Packard Chair Professor at IIM Bangalore, published a report on the “Economic Impact of Usage of FOSS in Government” in June 2015. The report studies the implementation of ICT in Education and Police departments in multiple states in India and concludes […]

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FOSS News – December 2015

Mozilla Wants To Split Off Its Thunderbird Email/Chat Client The Mozilla Foundation looks like it’s about to take another step in its bid to sharpen its focus on development around its Firefox browser. Mozilla now wants to once and for all hive off support for Thunderbird, the free email, chat and news client it first […]

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FOSS News- November 2015

The Rise of the Open-Source Platform The success of closed-source companies (like Microsoft in the early days of the digital revolution) made it easyto write off open source as a niche movement with little real-world relevance. Butthe concept of open source is almost as old as software itself — ithasbeen, and continues to be, a […]

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FOSS news- October 2015

Free and open source Android framework attempts to replace Google Play Services Google’s Android operating system may be open source software, but some of the most popular Android apps including YouTube, Google Maps, and the Chrome web browser are not. Neither is Google Play Services, which is a framework that many apps from Google and […]

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Events

SFLC.in at Swatantra ’17

Dates: 20 and 21 December 2017Venue: Mascot Hotel, Trivandrum, Kerala, IndiaPeople in attendance: ~400 Panel Discussion SFLC.in was a part of the closing session titled “Software Freedom – Challenges Ahead”. Panelists included: Prasanth Sugathan, Legal Director, SFLC.in Praveen Arimbrathodiyil, Pirate Party of India Benjamin Maco Hill, Assistant Professor in Communication, University of Washington Abhas Abhinav, […]

Seminar on IPR for Start Ups and Entrepreneurs in Software & IT Enabled Industries

The Technology Centre of Confederation of Indian Industry(CII) in association with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is organizing a Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for Start Ups & Entrepreneurs in Software & IT Enabled Industries on November 22, 2017 at Hotel Holiday Inn, Kochi. The Program aims to provide a platform for […]

SFLC.in at 4CCon [26-28 January, 2017; Chennai]

4CCon (Collaboration, Contribution, Community and Commons Conference), the second national conference by Free Software Movement of India (FSMI) took place from 26 January 2017 to 28 January 2017. The first day was for pre-conference workshops, and the second and third day were for the actual conference. Free Software Foundation Tamil Nadu (FSFTN), a member organization […]

4Ccon – Second National Conference on Free Software

We are partnering with FSMI in organizing 4Ccon, FSMI’s second national conference on free software. We will be there to talk and discuss about the state of the affairs in the fight against Software Patents, our ongoing work on Internet Shutdowns and of course, free software. The conference will be held from 26th to 29th of January 2017 […]

SFLC.in at FSMK Camp 2016

Free Software Movement of Karantaka (FSMK) organizes annual week long technical camps for students, with a special emphasis on Free & Open Source Software (FOSS), its significance, benefits, and contribution towards an internet ecosystem that is free (as in Freedom) and accessible to all. SFLC.in was a proud co-organizer of the FSMK Camp, 2016 held […]

Kerala State IT Policy – A Stakeholder Consultation (16th July, 2016)

SFLC.in, Democratic Alliance for Knowledge Freedom (DAKF) and InfoPark Ernakulam Public Library Branch are jointly organising a discussion session to gather inputs from various stakeholders for the upcoming IT Policy of the Kerala State Government.The participants include Government representatives, Free Software Activists, Industry representatives, civil society organisations, Trade Union representatives and others. The workshop will be […]

Lecture on “Software and the law”

You want to build a business and Software Law for you, seems to be about avoiding danger. Could the law of software really be a subject that could make you save money instead of cost you money? On August 17, from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, Professor Eben Moglen of Columbia law School and Mishi […]

Second Asian Legal Network Round-table

SFLC.IN in association with Open Invention Network is organizing the Second Asian Legal Network round-table at the Oberoi Hotel, Bangalore on Wednesday, 12th August 2015 from 12:00 PM to 6:30 PM. The event will be structured as a round-table between 40 to 50 participants in an informal half-day setting and will present a unique opportunity […]

Session on “Software and the Law : A primer”

SFLC.in in collaboration with the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), is organizing a session on “Software and the law: A Primer” on July 23, 2015 from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm at Malabar Hall, Park Centre, Technopark, Trivandrum. The session will introduce the participants to the concepts of trademarks, copyrights and […]

Roundtable on “FOSS for Public Use : Free and Open Source Software for Digital India” on May 29, 2015

SFLC.in, in collaboration with the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS) and the Centre for Internet and Society, India (CIS), is organizing a roundtable on “FOSS for Public Use : Free and Open Source Software for Digital India” on May 29, 2015 from 9.30 am to 2pm at the Deck Suite, 5th […]

Cryptoparty in Cochin

Software Freedom Law Center, India(sflc.in) in association with ILUG-COCHIN is holding a cryptoparty (www.cryptoparty.org) on Sunday, 24th February 2013. The aim of the event is to introduce Internet users to tools that help in protecting privacy in the online world. Agenda: Introduction – Privacy on the Internet Browsing Security TOR Cookies and do -not- track […]