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2017-10-29

Full Meeting Notes at Group:LibrePlanet Ontario/Meeting Notes/2017-10 - LibrePlanet

Meeting Notes

Participants
Bob Jonkman, Stephen Paul Weber, Greg Knittl, snowdusk



Free/Libre Canadian Tax Preparation Software Project update
  • Greg spoke with lawyer from CIPPIC
    • Greg needed to explain some concepts of Free Software to the lawyer
    • Discussion of security involved in paper form submission
    • Is the difficulty in getting developer access merely a (poor) way of certifying the tax software?
    • Access to My Account would work well for us, people would perform the submission themselves
    • What would happen if we circulated a spreadsheet to help people fill in their paper forms?
      • Perhaps CRA would disallow that too


The right solution is to prosecute people who do the wrong thing after the fact, not to prevent people from doing the wrong thing beforehand, because that excludes also those of us who would like to do the right thing in a different way. --Stephen Paul Weber


  • What can be done? Charter challenge? Doubtful.
    • Outreach program is important; judges are a group of people that need to know these issues
  • Perhaps Greg will file Freedom Of Information requests to pry out some of this data
  • While this project is low on the list of priorities for CIPPIC, Greg will keep in touch, and the lawyer was encouraging.


keyboard.io
  • https://shop.keyboard.io/ is a keyboard and rudimentary pointing device with no nonfree software in it
    • Uses an Arduino, so it's hackable by the community
    • Expensive ($329 USD), but worth it
    • The keyboard has an expansion header inside, and each key has LED backlight

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LibrePlanet Ontario was formed to promote the use of Free Software in the communities of Ontario and to support individuals who wish to use or create Free Software. The goals are similar to those of the Free Software Foundation.

We record our meeting on the 24th of every month at 9:00pm Eastern Time on the Mumble server at mumble://libreplanetbr.org:64738/LibrePlanet Ontario

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