in the last days of the electoral campaign, berlusconi has put very clearly what is his idea of italy. if italians still vote for him today and tomorrow, then they would most likely buy even the most stupid marketing offer.
a new initiative promoted by the italian association for free software for the next italian political elections (provided that they will actually take place…). the initiative consists in asking the candidates to sign a letter where they engage themselves, in case they will be elected, to promote the use of free software through their political activity. the points proposed to the candidates are the following:
at present 50 candidates from 9 different parties (mainly from left and center) have signed the letter. there is also a petition that asks the new government to take some cocrete steps for the promotion of free software. the petition has been signed by 1000 persons so far.
personally i support this sort of initiatives but i think that they have very limited effects. unfortunately, obtaining a promise from an italian politician is a very easy game to play, but it never goes beyond the promises. i think a more effective initiative would be to seriously monitor what politicians actually do to promote free software, in order to be sure that our money is spent in favour of open technologies.
i have tried this test from openpolis that measures your “distance” from italian parties and it turned out that i am too left even to be represented by the most leftist, not to talk about the distance from the new democratic party! this is the result:
what does this mean? now i am a little confused… maybe i am just too far away from italy.