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  • 23 Nov 2008 23:19EU Council wants DRM interoperability consultations: In addition to mixed responses of consumers reluctant to accept technical protection measures without direct consumer benefit, the interoperability problems of existing DRM solutions lead to a supply side fragmentation of the market which prevent their adoption. The EU-Council wants consultations. (Comments: 1)
  • 04 Oct 2008 11:42Commission clarifies its views on Open Standards: In response to a question of Hiltrud Breyer the European Commission explains 'Open Standards'. Technical mandates are seen as "a means to achieve its political, economic and social mandate, including carrying out its tasks in the most efficient way, constantly ensuring appropriate user satisfaction and best value for EU taxpayers' money." Furthermore the Commission highlights its support for the open document format (ODF). (Comments: 0)
  • 02 Jul 2008 08:46EU holds firm on "open standard", US firms go ballistic: After years of discussion, the EU has announced that it will not change its definition of "open standard" to accommodate the wishes of patent holders and legacy software firms. We look at some of the reactions and at the growing divergence between US and EU policies on technology. (Comments: 1)
  • 30 May 2008 15:02Commission to MEP: We are able to accept and generate ODF: EU-Commissioner Siim Kallas answered to MEP Cappato (ALDE) that the Commission was able to accept and generate documents in ODF format. The Finn heads among other DGs the Directorate General Informatics of the European Commission which coordinates the Commission's IT infrastructure. (Comments: 0)
  • 30 May 2008 12:20The IT Rights of Digistan: Josh Chalifour discussed the relationship of open standards and open source and acknowledges the new advocacy approach of the Digistan Hague Declaration. (Comments: 1)
  • 13 May 2008 06:48Open letter to standards professionals and activists: In an open letter published today, nineteen standards professionals and activists, founders of the Digital Standards Organization call on standards developers, supporters, and advocates to sign the Hague Declaration on open standards, and join in the building of a new not-for-profit worldwide grass roots organization "to defend and promote open standards". (Comments: 0)
  • 13 May 2008 06:33"Proyecto Estándares Abiertos" joins Digistan as its chapter in Spanish: The "Estándares Abiertos" project (www.EstandaresAbiertos.org), originally the inspiration for the FFII's open standards work group, and the intellectual source of Digistan has decided by unanimous votes of its members to join Digistan as its Spanish chapter, covering Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin America. (Comments: 0)
  • 07 May 2008 09:44Digistan France launches LesStandardsNumeriques.org: "Les Standards Numériques est la plateforme francophone de Digistan, the Digital Standards Organization. Digistan regroupe des professionnels des formats numériques et a pour but de promouvoir le choix des consommateurs, la libre concurrence et la croissance dans l'économie numérique par le biais de la compréhension, le développement et l'adoption de standards informatiques libres et ouverts." (Comments: 0)
  • 11 Apr 2008 17:22Ecuador migrates to Free Software and Open Standards: On April 10, 2008, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa Delgado signed a decree ordering that the software used by public administrations in the country be free software (and implicitly based on open standards). Fuller story in Spanish... (Comments: 3)
  • 06 Apr 2008 08:15Digistan workshop - The Hague, 21st May 2008: Digistan organizes its next workshop in the Hague on 21st May 2008. The programme covers all Digistan workgroups including Domino, the project to translate the Dutch e-government framework for international use. (Comments: 0)
  • 15 Nov 2007 09:41MS-funded interoperability study tells governments, "it ain't broke, don't fix it": "The findings of an international study released today by researchers from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and the Research Center for Information Law, University of St. Gallen indicate that private sector leadership, more so than government intervention, is the optimal method for ensuring that technologies work well together and innovation flourishes... The research was sponsored by Microsoft Corporation." (Comments: 0)