Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Kerala's New IT policy

The Kerala Government have released it's draft IT policy which give empasize on Free and Open Source Software and Open Standards in e-governance projects. It aims to upgrade the productivity, skill and knowledge levels of the citizen.Proposals include establishment of an International Centre for Free Software and Computing for Development, ITES Training Centre(in Kochi) and extension of Internet to all educational institutions and villages by 2010.

The policy stresses that Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) will be used in e-governance projects.Open standards such as Unicode and Open Document Format and Open Architecture will be followed in e-governance projects to avoid total dependence on select vendors.The Government will make use of all the media tools and emerging technologies to ensure proper communication between the Government and the citizen. The Government will promote the use of Web sites, e-mails and other news communication facilities in various Government and semi-Government organisations.

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