FOSSFA

Description: 
The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) has its origin in the ICT Policy and Civil Society Workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia held between 6th and 8th November 2002.It is here that the need for developing a framework for open source solutions emerged strongly. Consequently, the working group on Information Security, Applications Development (Open Source), unanimously resolved to create itself into an interim civil society task force on open source to be called 'Open Source Task Force for Africa - OSTA' The overall goal of the taskforce was to bring together individuals and organizations working on open source in Africa and consequently seek mandate to establish the ' Free Software & Open Source Foundation for Africa' during the World Summit on the Information Society preparatory committee (WSIS PrepCom) meeting in February 2003. In February 2003, the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) was launched in Geneva, Switzerland during the second preparatory meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Since then a council for the foundation has been formed and renewd. The Council is the key decision-making organ of the same. FOSSFA's secretariat is based at the Meraka Institute in Tshwane, South Africa. (http://www.meraka.org.za/).
Language: 
EN
Source: 
Africa
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Text
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Web Page