NewsForge: Why Software Preference Mandates Hurt Us All
Mar 04, 2004, 00:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Kramer)
"Direct regulation of the IT industry has been virtually
non-existent. This has helped our business immensely, allowing us
to grow--free of arbitrary rules--to the benefit of customers
"That is, until recently.
"Some government policymakers now think that how we design our
wares should be the deciding factor in making their IT
acquisitions. With growing frequency, a handful of 'exotic regions'
(as one writer notes) have proposed or have passed regulations that
seek to mandate how we develop our products and/or conduct our core
business practices, clearly seeking to send a signal well beyond
the confines of their own markets..."