Coding Free Software, Coding Free States: Free Software Legislation and the Politics of Code in Peru
Chan, Anita, Anthropological Quarterly
In December 2001, a legislative proposal was introduced to the Peruvian Congress that would have mandated the use of free software on government computers. The introduction of the bill, dubbed the Law for the Use of Free Software in Government Agencies, or Proposition 1609,1 added Peru to a growing list of countries pursuing legal measures for the adoption of free software by government. Similar measures had begun in Brazil, Argentina, France, and Mexico-and within a year, they would be joined by dozens of other national-and local-level efforts in Germany, Spain, Italy, and Vietnam-all seeking to establish official alternatives to the use of closed, proprietary software by government. But …
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Publication information: Article title: Coding Free Software, Coding Free States: Free Software Legislation and the Politics of Code in Peru. Contributors: Chan, Anita - Author. Journal title: Anthropological Quarterly. Volume: 77. Issue: 3 Publication date: Summer 2004. Page number: 531+. © Institute for Ethnographic Research Fall 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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