"International governments have toned down their proposed
endorsement of open-source software models, following lobbying by
businesses at a preparatory meeting of the World Summit on the
Information Society, which is set to run this December in
"The WSIS, run by the UN and International Telecommunications
Union, met last week to debate dozens of topics relating to
international cooperation on IT issues, but open-source emerged as
a key issue.
"Language in an August draft of the WSIS Plan of Action that
would have advocated the use of open-source software, particularly
in developing nations, was toned down in the September 26 draft, to
give equal weight to the value of proprietary software..."
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