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+ - Power -- And by that I mean Free Broadband -- To the People

Submitted by NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) writes "Slashdot member and open source developer Ben Kallos @KallosEsq — who is now a NYC Councilman — is pushing to make it a precondition to Comcast's merging with Time Warner that it agree to provide free broadband to all public housing residents in the City (and by free I mean free as in beer). Kallos, along with NY's Public Advocate, Letitia James, are leading a group of state and local politicians calling on Comcast to help bridge the digital divide in NY."

+ - Councilman/Open Source Developer submits Open Source bill->

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NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) writes "New York City Council Member Ben Kallos (KallosEsq), who also happens to be a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) developer, just introduced legislation to mandate a government preference for FOSS and creating a Civic Commons website to facilitate collaborative purchasing of software. He argues that NYC could save millions of dollars with the Free and Open Source Software Preferences Act 2014, pointing out that the city currently has a $67 million Microsoft ELA. Kallos said: "It is time for government to modernize and start appreciating the same cost savings as everyone else.""
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+ - Richard Stallman endorses Kallos for NYC Council->

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NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Free Software Founder Richard M. Stallman has endorsed Benjamin Kallos, a tech and free software candidate (also KallosEsq on Slashdot), for New York City Council, pointing to his “record of pushing government to enter the Internet age in the right way, the way that respects people's freedom and increases the public's control over government.” While working for a NY assemblyman, Kallos was, along with Carl Malamud, one of the "gnomes" behind New York's bill to award tax credits to volunteer open source developers, denied them under existing law because they weren't getting paid for their contributions."
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Comment: Re: Voting Machines & DOJ (Score 1) 228

by KallosEsq (#21308155) Attached to: NY Rejects E-Voting, DOJ Trying to Force the Issue
New York State passed very stringent laws to protect their constituents right to vote. At the heart of the matter and the DOJ's filing is New York State's requirement for Escrow of Source Code. Every vendor uses a Microsoft OS and Microsoft refuses to put their various source codes into escrow. Escrow means taking something important be it a document or money and putting it under lock and key where it is safe and secure. Eventually this important document or money can be released from escrow, this safe and secure place and is safely and securely transferred to a pre-determined destination.

In the context of New York State, Escrow does not mean that all of sudden the world will have Microsoft's Source Code, only the Government and only in the case of an Election gone wrong.

New York State needs your help. New York State needs technology talent like Slash Dot readers to do more than just read and write about our Democracy going down the drains. New York needs you to take active steps towards building an alternative to proprietary hardware based on proprietary software and replace it with open hardware based on open source or free software. Feel free to comment or shoot a message to kallos@votersearch.org.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.