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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 worldwide.

"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..."

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