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Researcher defends free software in Paraguay
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In a lecture at Latinoware 2008 this Thursday, Paraguayan researcher Jose Alberto Villalba González advocated the use of free software as a tool for developing countries to ensure their “independence and freedom to qualify the issue of education and access to information, according to their needs and nearly without costs”.


Researcher defends free software in Paraguay At the lecture titled “Free Software in Paraguay”, Gonzáles established four key factors to cement free software models in that country. The first point he suggested is the establishment of an institutional policy based on open, free technologies. According to the specialist, this model should be implemented by the government within its own sphere of work.


The next item refers to the socialization of open source code-based digital technology networks. In other words, it means making it easier for the society at large to access the tools to use these technologies and even the language applied by free program and system developers. In this aspect, universities may act as mediators in the process. “I see universities and colleges as playing an essential role in making such knowledge and the access to this technological instruments available to the academic community and society as a whole”, he said.


To reach these goals, Paraguayan researcher Jose González also highlights the need for Paraguay to implement a pilot action plan in the areas of free software and systems with program-related and digital contents.


According to him, Paraguay is currently developing the Arandu PY project, considered the key program to disseminate the ideology and technologies connected to open source code IT models in the country.


Researcher defends free software in Paraguay The program relies on a wide digital network spread throughout Paraguayan universities that jointly develop free software-related projects.  “Developing countries like Paraguay need to learn how to work with such software, for they will give them the independence and freedom to qualify the issue of education and access to information, according to their needs and nearly without costs”, he emphasized.


In the researcher's opinion, the fourth item to implement a comprehensive model of free software programs in Paraguay needs to be based on the strategic planning of technologies in the area. To that end, he said, one of the pillars for its operation is the establishment of the technological infrastructure in the country.


In Gonzáles' opinion, that can be reached via collaboration with other nations developing projects in this area to encourage the creation of international networks of open source code systems. “Perhaps this is the best way for us to keep an advanced network to share academic, scientific and investigative information”, he added.