Free software can bring many benefits, both for individuals and for those who produce them. But does everyone know where and when to use them? At Latinoware 2012, the topic “Free Licenses and Fundamental Rights” will be addressed by Heitor Faria*, on October 19th.
Author of “Free Licenses and Fundamental Rights” and “Bacula – Backup in Free Software”, at the conference Faria will address the social-legal benefits enabled by content or free software, focusing on the Fundamental Rights of society and bringing them to applications in social development. “Fundamental rights are those that every citizen needs to survive with dignity, in health, education or infrastructure services. The free licenses, in addition to providing greater economy, can generate a major development for citizens,” he says.
According to Heitor, everyone knows that there are advantages in adopting free software, but not everyone knows the real benefits. “The benefits of adopting free software linked to Fundamental Rights, come directly from the functionalities and their applicability to social ends.”
An example of applicability, according to the lawyer, is the freedom that some Brazilians managed obtain in the code for inVersalius, 3D mapping software for the human body used in MRIs and other hospital diagnostic tools, whose proprietary software license has a cost equivalent to millions of dollars. “In addition to the savings generated by not acquiring the license, there is a benefit to the effectiveness of the Fundamental Right to Health and the principle of administrative efficiency.”
For Heitor, the most important aspect in bringing up this discussion is to ensure that IT professionals and the general public are sensitized to the issue, since there are numerous benefits enabled by open code and contents that are present in every social program possibly undertaken by governments.
* Heitor Faria is founder, consultant and trainer of the national community of users Bacula (www.bacula.com.br). Bachelor in Law by the Catholic University of Salvador. Lawyer. Analyst of the Federal Data Processing Service. He has experience as Network Administrator (Windows, Linux, Netware, including directory services), Security Manager and Service Manager and Projects. Certificate ITILF, LPIC-III and TOEIC “Gold”. He coordinated the implementation of the 5th Region PROMASP by SERPRO. He has participated in forums and meetings as free software speaker (including international events).