Free Information Infrastructure


Free Information Infrastructure

"Free Information Infrastructure" is a term used primarily in Europe mirroring the official US term National Information Infrastructure, introduced in early nineties by a U.S. Patent Office paper. [ [http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/doc/ipnii/ Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure ] ]

The terms global information infrastructure and information highway were also used as a governmental term for the Net.

Free Information Infrastructure rather focuses on freedom and is widely used by open standards lobby groups in Europe.

Free Information Infrastructure focuses on the Internet. The Internet and the media that is used to access the net shall be free.

A Free Information Infrastructure comprises
* No software patents, no patents for eCommerce and data processing.
* Free access.
* Network neutrality.
* Open standards.
* Little control by state.
* Free speech.
* Strong competition law.
* Sometimes: Free/Libre (Open Source) Software.

Some groups such as EuroLinux and FFII refer to it.

References

External links

* [http://www.perspektive89.com/2006/10/18/free_culture_free_software_free_infrastructures_openness_and_freedom_in_every_layer_of_the_network_flo_fleissig_episo Free Culture, Free Software, Free Infrastructures! Openness and Freedom in every Layer of the Network] Video with Kloschi (Freifunk), Kurt Jansson (Wikimedia), Jürgen Neumann (Freifunk), Rishab Aiyer Ghosh (United Nations University), Lawrence Lessig (Creative Commons) and Allison and Benoit (Montréal Wireless)
* [http://www.anysubject.com/helpful-guides.asp Free information directory]


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