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Re: Open2020 and Strawpoll on Roles in the Governance of ICT was Re: [SLUG] Looking for speakers
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- Subject: Re: Open2020 and Strawpoll on Roles in the Governance of ICT was Re: [SLUG] Looking for speakers
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- Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2008 21:08:10 -0500
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Quoting Marghanita da Cruz <marghanita@xxxxxxxxxxxx>:
Hi Sridhar and SLUGers,
Video of the Open 2020 talks is now available at
Sitting around watching Videos at a SLUG meeting might not be what you
and the files are pretty big MPEG4 but the content might be of interest.
The submission to the main 2020 conference is now available here
Lastly, I am interested in thoughts (to the list or offlist) of the specific
role/contribution/responsibilities of various disciplines/professions in the
governance of ICT.
One of the difficulties with the Governance of ICT
is to engage the right skills and knowledge, at the right time.
Well forgive my cynicism but having good connections with people in
the Australian Government I can decode some of the rhetoric that they
use. Once you understand it, you might appreciate how precarious
working in open source can be if you are an Australian citizen.
First secret-word to debunk is "Open-Market". This is a code-word term
with a special meaning.
Much like the term "Free Trade Agreement" it doesn't actually specify
an open market, but a highly controlled and regulated one. Where
preferential treatment is dished out no less or no more than in a
Japan, Korea, UK, US are all examples of protected markets.
"Open-Market" as used by the Australian government, tends to actually
mean discrimination against local companies. ie favouring foreign firms.
If you look at it this way, the Australian Government does whatever it
can do to ensure that foreign companies have the best access to our
markets. That is an "Open Market"
"Governance" is about keeping policies in Australia which flush out
the clever people into the "higher" economies. Let's just say across
the pacific and back to Europe. Where proper commercialisation is
better set to take place.
Let's not read this and be too pessimistic.. maybe Kevin Rudd with his
chinese perspective can help us triangulate our views. Funny how some
overseas analysts are afraid of having a non-puppet character running
the boat here..
But the indoctrination of "Governance" runs right through our
buruaucracy and always runs back to the queen character. That is the
way it was set up a hundred years ago and we are kidding ourselves if
we think the system was changed somewhere along the line. It never was.
Well as they say in China "Any great journey must begin with the first step.."
It is going to take a long time to unwind the "governance" system and
string pulling system.
Any young people in Australia should get on a plane and see how
technology (OpenSource) is being managed in Schenzhen (China),
HongKong, Korea, Japan and Germany. It is fascinating.
As Australians, need to play a more active part in this world...
maybe that is what this 2020 thing is all about...