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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.

Posts

FOSS news – September 2015

Mishi Choudhary on FOSS and the sharing economy Mishi Choudhary says that Free and open source software (FOSS) is a technical and political movement that will make it possible that every brain on earth will have a chance to be educated and not just those who can afford expensive hardware and pay for software licences, […]

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FOSS news – August 2015

Croatian policy encourages open source adoption Earlier this year, Croatian political party Sustainable Development of Croatia (ORaH) published a new policy that encourages the government to pursue open source solutions, addresses the dangers of vendor lock-in, and insists on open document standards. Best of all, they did it the open source way. Croatia is newest […]

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Solution to online privacy issues soon

New Version of FreedomBox Offers private, secure, Fault-Tolerant Internet Access At a time when privacy in internet is becoming a concern world over, free software pioneer, futurist and activist Prof Eben Moglen says a convincing answer to privacy issues will be ready soon. A fully functional ‘FreedomBox’, which could provide private, secure fault-tolerant internet access, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Foss News- June 2015

How open software has become a source of grief for tech majors like Cisco, IBM & Oracle Read more : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47521852.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppstIndustry bodies US-India Business Council and the Confederation of Indian Industry have urged the government to reconsider its push for open source software that will cut the cost of licensing from big companies such as […]

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FOSS News – May 2015

Patent Lawyers Fight Hard for the Future of Software Patents Link to the article : http://techrights.org/2015/05/28/patent-lawyers-echo-chamber/ “People naively say to me, “If your program is innovative, then won’t you get the patent?” This question assumes that one product goes with one patent.” —Richard Stallman THE USPTO is a sordid mess. As the previous article served […]

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SFLC.in comments on the Delhi Government’s public Wi-Fi initiative

Following the call for suggestions from stakeholders on business models, technologies, implementation strategies for its initiative to establish free access public Wifi networks accross the city. On May13, 2015 : SFLC.in submitted its comments to the Delhi Government. The full text of these comments is available at here

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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 […]

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FOSS News – April 2015

India announces open source policy; Big win for FOSS http://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/technology/india-announces-open-source-policy-big-win-for-foss/46738776 On March 29, 2015, Indian government announced a policy on adoption of open source software, which makes it mandatory for all software applications and services of the government be built using open source software, so that projects under Digital India “ensure efficiency, transparency and reliability […]

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FOSS News – March 2015

Code Audit of OpenSSL http://www.zdnet.com/article/ncc-group-to-audit-openssl-for-security-holes/ https://cryptoservices.github.io/openssl/2015/03/09/openssl-audit.html https://opencryptoaudit.org/ http://www.linuxfoundation.org/programs/core-infrastructure-initiative On March 9th, 2015 Cryptography Services announced that it will be performing a cryptographic security audit of portions of the OpenSSL code base. OpenSSL is a widely used open-source implementation of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols. The software came under scrutiny […]

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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 […]