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The Register: Why US Gov Reps Mugged Pro Open Source Declaration

Feb 04, 2003, 20:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"In the middle of last month a US delegation to an international conference clearly signalled US policy as regards open source by de-fanging a pro open source declaration. The conference, the Asian regional meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) had been poised to 'support' open source software in a closing declaration, but the US government delegation dug its heels in and had it watered down to 'encourage.'

"And you can read the finished version here, where you'll note the key wording is: 'Development and deployment of open-source software should be encouraged, as appropriate, as should open standards for ICT networking.' We at El Reg would hazard a guess that debarking as far as 'encouraged' would not have been sufficient to secure Uncle Sam's support--but the addition of 'as appropriate' sorts that out, leaving plenty of scope for certain software vendors to argue that appropriate scenarios are few and far between..."

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InfoWorld: WSIS Delegates Fail to Agree on Open-Source 'Support'(Jan 17, 2003)