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If IT Policy is Your Thing, Keep an Eye on Europe

Oct 14, 2010, 15:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"If you're interested in the intersection of technology, government, standards and open source software, you really want to be paying close attention to Europe these days. That's because the EU is where all of the really interesting, high-level IT policy action is.

"Yes, there are some important things happening in China, but Chinese policy is very narrowly targeted towards achieving industry-specific economic goals. And yes, isolated initiatives and skirmishes pop up in the U.S. from time to time, much to the bewilderment of most legislators. But it's in the EU where you find by far and away the greatest sophistication on the part of policy makers, and the most extensive grass-roots engagement by citizen groups.

"The reason is not surprising. Unlike those other two huge markets – the U.S. and China – the EU is of course made up of many independent states, and it has taken decades of multidimensional, creative effort to incentivize, cajole and nudge those states into a more cohesive and forceful economic whole."

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