Neelie Kroes is no lightweight when it comes to open v. closed software. She spent six years as Europe's head trust-buster, and in that time, collected billions from proprietary software makers who sought to corner the market with their closed-source wares. When she spoke, big software — and everybody else — listened. In February, Ms.Read more »
Exactly two years ago I spoke about interoperability and standards here in Brussels. Here is a brief overview...Read more »
Obama would be granted powers to seize control of and even shut down the internet under a new bill that describes the global internet as a US "national asset".Read more »
Neelie Kroes favours open standards, recognition of industry standards bodies and open source in her role as European Commissioner for the Digital AgendaRead more »
«...The WikiLeaks advised proposal to build an international "new media haven" in Iceland, with the world's strongest press and whistleblower protection laws, and a "Nobel" prize for Freedom of Expression, has unaminously passed the Icelandic Parliament...»Read more »
I just came back from an international meeting in Madrid on the reuse of Public Sector Information through open digital standards and open licenses. This is a partial report of the most interesting concepts discussed during the day.Read more »
Microsoft has vast resources, literally billions of dollars in cash, or liquid assets reserves. Microsoft is an incredibly successful empire built on the premise of market dominance with low-quality goods.Read more »
In a report requested by the parliament on the Police budget, the Danish ministry of Finance has left out recommendations by its consultants to switch to open source, which would result in savings of a 100 million kroner (about 13 million Euro), Danish newspapers report.Read more »
A new directive from the Government of Malta directs government agencies to give preference to the use of open source software. Agencies choosing not to use open source solutions must provide documentation supporting their decisionRead more »
Malta's public administration wants its institutions to increase their use of open source software. In a directive published early last week, the government says it also wants to share more of its own applications by publishing them using the European Union's open source licence.Read more »
74 Democrats signed a joint letter to the FCC supporting internet throttling by Verizon, ATT and Comcast. Throttling lets carriers slow or block internet traffic. This is a clear attack on net neutrality.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just endorsed net neutrality.
European freedom and rights groups are concerned about the deal Neelie Kroes is getting after lobbyists got involvedRead more »
The EU Commission has just announced its 5-year plan for IT, which they call its Digital Agenda:The Agenda outlines seven priority areas for action...Read more »
The final version of the important Digital Agenda for Europe has been leaked – and shows that the European Commission has betrayed open standards. Where an earlier draft had an entire section headed “Open Standards and Interoperability”, the latest version only uses the word “open” once in the corresponding section “Interoperability and standards.”Read more »