Collection of statements advocating for Open Standards

The Commission must do its part. It must not rely on one vendor, it must not accept closed standards, and it must refuse to become locked into a particular technology – jeopardizing maintenance of full control over the information in its possession.

This view is born from a hard headed understanding of how markets work – it is not a call for revolution, but for an intelligent and achievable evolution.

But there is more to this than ensuring our commercial decisions are taken in full knowledge of their long term effects. There is a democratic issue as well.

When open alternatives are available, no citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to use a particular company's technology to access government information.

No citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to choose a closed technology over an open one, through a government having made that choice first.

These democratic principles are important. And an argument is particularly compelling when it is supported both by democratic principles and by sound economics.

I know a smart business decision when I see one - choosing open standards is a very smart business decision indeed.

Nellie Kroes, EU competition commissioner speech, Jun 2008 (src)

“The web is based on open standards and open source software, and no single company controls it"

Tom Stocky, Google, director of product management, keynote Google Developer Day, Sidney 2008 (src)

"Small businesses are moving to modern open standards like Open Document format, yet to write to their MEP they have to switch to old proprietary formats? The EP should lead the way in open government, starting with open standards for documents and recordings."

Pieter Hintjens, General Secretary of the European Software Market Association, 6 March Open Parliament press release.


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