Monday, July 27, 2009


When Gilberto Gil was Brazilian Minister of Culture he liked to call the free software movement a "peer-acy" as a way of saying that the new Internet openness was not a theft but, instead, a new way of working together. In the video above Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva offers one of the most interesting defenses of free software movement.

Thanks to the efforts of Jose Murilo there's now a translation into English of this truly amazing speech. I hope you have 15 minutes to hear it all because it really gives context to what the info revolution means in Brazil and probably throughout the developing world.

Here is the story of the speech to the free software conference which was held recently in Brazil. For more background, there's a very fascinating perspective on the larger movement from Kevin Kelly writing in WIRED magazine.

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