Political LobbyingGovernments in France, Denmark, Brazil, and many other countries have made moves towards free software. In Australia, legislation has been considered by the South Australian government.
Certainly it would be good to get a better turnout in community submissions to bodies such as the Intellectual Property and Competition Review Committee.
Note: I try to avoid the term "open source". While it avoids the ambiguity of "free software", it emphasizes "access to source code" at the expense of other important ideas. Also, people outside the computing industry tend not to understand either "open" or "source".
News and Links
a summary of the iiNet case copyright authorisation case - LIV
is Microsoft still dangerous? - Lxer
California moves towards open access textbooks - Atlantic
patents make it possible for all smartphones and tablets to be illegal - Guardian
a South Korean court blocks sales of a range of Apple and Samsung products
UK government to mandate open access to funded research by 2014 - Guardian
a critique of open data as a public good - CT
(For more links, see my blog.)