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BSA throws sinophobia at the EIF

The European Interoperability Framework is an opportunity to promote better competition and undiscriminatory access to public services. — Comments: 0 — by arebentiarebenti 11 Oct 2010 14:27

Digital Standards Organization publishes "standards for standards"

Digistan has published its first "standard for standards", the Consensus-oriented specification system. or COSS. — Comments: 0 — by pieterhpieterh 15 Apr 2009 13:24

"Where does the pressure come from?"

Peter Jungen and the EEI wonder if openness rhetorics risks turning Europe into an innovation "dead zone". — Comments: 0 — by arebentiarebenti 20 Jan 2009 12:40

EU 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 — by arebentiarebenti 23 Nov 2008 23:19

Commission 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 — by arebentiarebenti 04 Oct 2008 11:42

UK Government responds to Digistan petition

Chris Puttick points us to the Prime Minister's office's response to the Digistan petition launched by UK supporters of free and open digital standards. — Comments: 0 — by pieterhpieterh 19 Aug 2008 14:06

EU 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 — by pieterhpieterh 02 Jul 2008 08:46

South Africa will host XML workshop 17-20 June

Rob Weir, Steve Pepper and Patrick Durusau are expected. — Comments: 1 — by arebentiarebenti 09 Jun 2008 12:40

UK petition on Hague Declaration

The UK Prime Minister's office has accepted an e-petition calling for the PM to adopt the Hague Declaration. Deadline for voting is 6 July. — Comments: 0 — by pieterhpieterh 04 Jun 2008 14:31

Commission 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 — by arebentiarebenti 30 May 2008 15:02

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François Schreuer, Belgium: La démocratie sera aussi numérique ou ne sera pas.

Cristian Mastan, Romania: Only by acting today we can guarantee digital human rights for all in the future

Akshay Sulakhe, India: use free digital standards….Closed sources are responsible for the digital divide…

Rick Montgomery, United States: Open Standards, level playing field, equal access no monopolies on data

Andrew Adams, United Kingdom: I have long argued that open standards is the only way to preserve open society. This is an excellent development towards that goal.

Joost de Meij, Netherlands Antilles: Vrije standaarden!

Nahum Castro González, Mexico: Los estándares libres y abiertos promueven sociedades democraticas y participativas.

Landy DeField, United States: Without this basic freedom, creativity, ingenuity and essentially the natural process of worldwide intellectual growth will be bound, gagged and held hostage.

Arun Batchu, United States: Essential for fostering competition and for collaboration at the same time.

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