The Hague Declaration calls on governments to:
- Procure only information technology that implements free and open standards;
- Deliver e-government services based exclusively on free and open standards;
- Use only free and open digital standards in their own activities.
At time of writing, almost 300 people have signed up as supporters of the Digital Standards Organization. Their names will all be printed on the Hague Declaration, which will be printed onto paper in four copies, and signed by those present at the signing ceremony. Two copies will be kept for archival purposes and two will be auctioned at a later date to raise funds for the work of the Digital Standards Organization.
Here is what some of the Digistan founders and supporters said about the Hague Declaration:
- Andrew Updegrove, United States: "Only by acting today can we guarantee digital human rights for all in the future."
- Harish Pillay, Singapore: "I fully support this declaration. We need to ensure that future generations are not beholden to corporate whims and fancies and that the collective knowledge of the world is always available."
- Yoon-Kit Yong, Malaysia, "Open Standards for Technology and Vendor Neutrality."
- Steve Pepper, Norway, "This declaration embodies many of the principles that have guided me in two decades of work for open standards. I urge all those I have worked with and who support these principles to sign this petition."
- Alberto Barrionuevo, Spain, "Open standards are a democratic right for citizens. Public Services must be based on Open Standards."
- Nicolas Pettiaux, Belgium, "Only by acting today can we guarantee digital human rights for all in the future."
- Alain Empain, Belgium, "We need to build a really open infrastructure for the next decades. Open Standards are the only way to go."