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Defending Openness in the European Union

Jul 04, 2008, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"One of the most surprising recent developments in the field of openness has been the rise of Europe as a key player there. This is not the result of some grand plan, despite what the conspiracy theorists in proprietary software companies might think, but simply a natural evolution of the European Union itself, and a consequence of its attempts to become more tightly integrated.

"That's simply not possible unless open standards are used, since it is plainly impractical to force every member-state to do things in exactly the same way when it comes to computing. Instead, an open framework provides the best mix of local freedom--that strange EU concept of 'subsidiarity'--without sacrificing the 'union' part of the entity's name..."

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