[nSLUG] local ns e-govt and oss???

Bob Ashley ax386 at chebucto.ca
Fri Feb 18 12:39:06 AST 2005

Yeah, that browser discrimination burns me too. "This web site is 
compatible with all browsers" oughta be the rule. The people I feel 
sorry for are those with sight or other disabilities, whatever the 
browser. 'Access' seems always to be a sidelined issue. Text versions of 
all government sites would be a good start. Federal sites are generaly 
pretty good. Also, much of the language is still too advanced for those 
with minimal literacy skills, and there's plenty of those citizens. 
Which, of course, introduces a much more fundamental social problem.

Someone had a nice idea to collect up old PCs, load an OSS of some kind, 
and distribute them free to orgs whose clients are those on the far side 
of the 'digital divide'. It makes an community-minded opportunity out of 
privately experienced, accelerated obsolescence.


J. Paul Bissonnette wrote:
> Bob Ashley wrote:
>> NSLUG Pundits,
>> I'm doing a policy paper which will explore the idea of municipal 
>> egovernment in NS looking at open source software (oss), perhaps as a 
>> pilot project. If report looks plausible, I'll submit it to Service 
>> Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Union of Nova Scotia 
>> Municipalities.
>> Any opinions, comments, guffaws, sneers, cheers?
>> Risking one more step, let's say, hypothetically they went for it. 
>> Would anyone in the Linux community ever consider donating some 
>> experience to say, a small, cash-strapped municipality? Perhaps in the 
>> form of a consulting committee or some such other vehicle? The idea 
>> here is citizen-engagement and citizen consultation. I know it's a 
>> tough sell. Cynicism and mistrust rules the era. On the other hand, 
>> the oss community does have the some features of 'community-minded' 
>> people. Just trying to get a feel for possible reaction to such a 
>> suggestion.
>> Declaring my interest: If there's any hint of a supportive community 
>> lurking in the background, it would give my argument more persuasive 
>> force. And, of course, I really do think there's reasons to explore 
>> this egovernment option.
>> Input heartily welcomed!
>> Bob
>> (the immigrant postponing Debian install until piled up schoolwork 
>> complete...early April)
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> If all you succeeded in accomplishing was getting the http://gov.ns.ca 
> website to quite discriminating against non- M$ browsers I'd be happy.
> eg. try renewing your licence plates on-line using opera. :)


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