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Global Dialogue on the Impact of Open Source Software in Transforming Government


When: October 20th, 12 - 3 p.m. ET
Where: via videoconference and live webcast, see details at: or

Program Description

Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON), Oregon State University and the World Bank’s e-Development Thematic Group have partnered to deliver a live webcast of a joint videoconferenced Global Dialogue workshop on the role of open source software in government transformation. Participants are joining via videoconference in the following cities: Portland, Washington DC, Moscow Colombo, Dakar, Accra, Kigali and Brasilia.  

Government transformation and information and communication technology dignitaries from around the world will convene in person and via video conference for a Global Dialogue on “The Impact of Open Source Software on Transforming Government”. The discussion will include 6 countries on five continents, presenting a range of initiatives, opportunities and experience on a range topics which are of critical importance to governments everywhere. This executive panel represents an outstanding global, non-technical view of the impact of Open Source Software based on their direct experience. The workshop will explore both the business case and real-world applications for open technology to deliver the next generation of government services.

 Speakers will include:

  • Timothy Ney, Co-founder, Linux Greenhouse (keynote)
  • Samia Melhem, Chair, e-Development TG, World Bank (Co-Chair)
  • Andy Stein, Director IT, City of Newport News (Co-Chair)
  • Carlos Machado, Free Software Implementation Committee (CISL, Brazil)
  • Marcos Vinicius Ferreira Mazoni, SERPRO’s Director-President (Brazil)
  • Yuri Hohlov, Chairman, Institute for Information Society (Russia)
  • Gerhard Pohl, Senior Director, Development Gateway Foundation
    • Shahani Weerawarana, former CTO, ICTA (Sri Lanka)
    • Mel McIntyre, Non-Executive Director, OpenForum Europe 
    • Xavier Heymans, CEO, Zea Partners (Spain)

 The following questions will be addressed among others:

1. What should be the public policy on open source in government, especially in developing countries, if any?

2. What could be the institutional mechanisms for supporting open source implementation in government? 

3. What are the best examples of open source applications that are worth sharing and replicating everywhere?

4. How to develop local skills for open source implementations?

5. What are the existing and potential mechanisms for sharing open source applications internationally?

6. What has been impact so far in using open source applications for transforming government? Where are the greatest opportunities and potential impact in the future?

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Archived webcast:

Video and Transcript of Videoconference Greeting (By Marcos Vinicius Ferreira Mazoni, Director-President, SERPRO (Brazil)

The event was also co-sponsored by The Institute of the Information Society (Russia), and many other partners.

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