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European Commission Betrays Open Standards

May 13, 2010, 21:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to Glyn Moody for this link. ]

"Just over a month ago I wrote about a leaked version of the imminent Digital Agenda for Europe. I noted that the text had some eminently sensible recommendations about implementing open standards, but that probably for precisely that reason, was under attack by enemies of openness, who wanted the references to open standards watered down or removed.

"Judging by the latest leak [.pdf] obtained by the French site PC Inpact, those forces have prevailed: what seems to be the final version of the Digital Agenda for Europe is an utter travesty of the original intent.

"For example, the draft version [.doc] dealing with interoperability was headed "Open Standards and Interoperability"; this has now become just "Interoperability and standards". Similarly, the opening section of the draft has gone from this: "

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