What digital skills training or activities do you or does your organization offer (if any)?
• Promoting Free software
• Reducing legal software application
• Software license education
• Teachers’ Education about the importance of free software application
Your function and/or responsibilities related to digital skills training and empowerment
How did you learn about this community?
Over Telecentar Serbia
Why would yo like to join the network?
The main reason for this network lies in the outcome of the research that was done within the project „IT at schools in Serbia, the main characteristics and the prospects of its development“, supported by The Open Society Fund. There was a question „Which is the most important criteria for you when buying a new computer?’ only 8,5 % customers answered they would look for a built-in licensed software. It is quite understandable that customers’ priorities are the hardware quality or the price of the computer, but we still think this information is too alarming and requires more attention.
It appears that customers in Serbia are not used to buying or using software. They do not take software as a sale product which should be used under certain terms and conditions, but as something which generally is ’’a part of package“ with a computer, or it can easily be downloaded on the internet, borrowed from a friend or perhaps bought at the market for bargain. We should mention, this kind of software sale is becoming out-of-date everywhere in the world. Software is becoming a part of a complete service rather than the isolated commercial product.
According to the information provided by Business Software Alliance – BSA) the presence of so-called pirate software (illegal version) in Serbia in 2008 was 74%. Although there was a slight fall comparing to 80% in 2004, we are still the leading country in the region.
The application of such illegal software, violating software license or breaching proprietary rights have numerous consequences such as:
possibility of software licensing opens the opportunity for new software development
breach of international treaties leads into the country’s bad image in the world
it is well known that protection of proprietary rights induces one’s creativity
illegal software users do not deny proprietary rights but violate the license on the software distribution. This suggests the necessary need for free software application.
There is a significant correlation between the software industry and the pirate software; decrease of the pirate software use actually increases the free software use
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