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Evolving Libre Software Communities of Learning and Practice in Developing World Countries - Pakistan Case Study

Traduction(s) de cet article : français
Intervenant(s) :Fouad Bajwa
Type d'événement :Conférence
Niveau :Confirmé
Date :Vendredi 10 juillet 2009
Horaire :14h40
Durée :20 minutes
Langue :English
Lieu :Amphi I - Ireste


- Libre Software is no more a buzzword for Pakistan. Technologies such as the Linux Operating System, Apache Web Server, Asterisk VoIP/PABX Communications Server and technology platforms such as Java or PHP are widely used in the Pakistani IT industry as well as within general business commerce and industry technology infrastructures.
- Where it comes to budgetary constraints, easier entry into the market, high availability infrastructures, and enhanced security and enterprise wide solution architecture, Libre Sofware is always on the priority list. - Secondly, Libre Software has helped to evolve a local ’skills development’ opportunity due to which organizations can develop, retain and support an in-house skills development life cycle. This presentation details the struggle for introduction and use of Libre Software for developing world country like Pakistan.

Fouad Bajwa is a South Asian Free Libre / Free and Open Source Software FOSS advocate renowned in Pakistan and globally for his contributions towards the Freedom of Use of Software for Human Development. He is currently involved in a global ICT Access and Digital Inclusion campaign involving providing 1 billion computers running FOSS to 1 billion the underprivileged people on planet that have yet to use or access computers and the internet. This program is being carried out by the Gerry Morgan Foundation Canada where Fouad is responsible for identifying and developing strategic global ICT4D partnerships to meet this goal and works mainly with the FOSS community to identify programs.

- He was the founder of the Free and Open Source Software Foundation and Community in Pakistan and initiated various programs for promoting FOSS in the country and other regions. In 2005, his program trained over 7000 people and most notably women in use of Linux and respecting human intellect. 4800 Linux users were certified during this activity. Over half a million of Free Libre CDs have been distributed all over Pakistan since then. In Pakistan, he currently leads the Linux Professional Institute LPI-Pakistan office and is a Team Lead for the Ubuntu Linux LoCo Team Pakistan and is a member of the Champions Network of the prestigious ICT Challenge & Award, the Stockholm Challenge. He has Co-Founded various ICT, FOSS and Philanthropic (Technology for Human Development) initiatives around the world and has presented at numerous conferences and facilitated FOSS meetings and trainings.

- He is a computer scientist by education, a social innovator and entrepreneur by passion and he has worked with local and international organizations and is a part time FOSS Evangelist and part time Writer and Trainer. Fouad believes that information and knowledge enabled by technology can save lives and is a vehicle for overcoming poverty and engaging nations within the drive for becoming knowledge economies, therefore he catalyzes resource mobilization for such efforts. In this regard, he devised the FOSS Models for "Telecenters & Community Resource and Information Centers in Pakistan" under the World Bank Universal Service Fund for Pakistan. IFOSSF documents.

- Fouad also serves on the Working Groups for the IT Policy formulation by the Ministry of IT and Telecom, Government of Pakistan. He leads activities involving the national ICT think tank and advocacy for ICT for development in South Asia. He is a scholar on Internet Governance and has undertaken numerous projects within the framework of Governance and Institutional Performance Management and an international trainer for FOSS, e-Governance, e-Government and ICT Applications.

- He maintains a blog at www.askbajwa.com for sharing knowledge and fun !
- Most recent conference profile : International Conference on Open Source Software in Health Care
- Presentation : Role of FOSS in Healthcare System Integration
- Video Interview on the Future of the Internet by Elon University.
- Ressources libres : reperes 2005

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