An emerging understanding of Open Standards

Open Standards have been somewhat of a holy grail for some time now. Interoperability and vendor-independence, the IT industries’ equivalent of eternal life, are the prize for those who find the grail that are Open Standards. This conquest took decades, has spawned many different definitions of what people might call an Open Standard, [...]

Why criticise OpenXML now?

Some people raised the question why I have chosen to become verbal about OpenXML and Novell’s activities to include support for it in OpenOffice.org, and whether this has to do with the MS/Novell deal and the related public outcry. The answer is no.

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is not against Novell, we’re not [...]

Internet Governance Forum: Open Standards, A2K and Conclusions

The first Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is now over after two more rather busy days. Time for some recap, some announcements, and some conclusions.

Wednesday, 1 November: day 3

The big news in the morning of the third day was the formation of another IGF Dynamic Coalition, this time on Access to Knowledge and Freedom [...]

Internet Governance Forum, day two

The second day of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was partially strange, partially funny, and indeed quite productive.

The day began with a main hall session about “Openness”, the whole protocol of which is already online here. As one might imagine, a panel about openness and transparency on the internet did create quite a bit [...]

Inauguration of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Today is the first day of the inauguration meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Athens, Greece. The IGF is an outcome of the second phase of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and follows up on its Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). While not having a policy setting [...]

FSFE submissions to IGF: Sovereign Software and Free Software Essentials

Last night the deadline for submissions to the first meeting of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) ran out — and just in time I finished my last submission on behalf of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE).

Still feeling a little groggy from the sprint over the finish line, I think some of [...]

IP-Watch Monthly Reporter on Development Agenda and IGF

In case you are interested to follow what is going on at the United Nations: Despite its name, which unfortunately adds to the confusion around this area, the articles by the Intellectual Property Watch (IP-Watch) Team are a very useful resource to follow the proceedings in various fora.

The March issue of their “Monthly [...]

Internet Governance Forum, End of Day 2 and Conclusions

The second and final day of the consultations on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) that was mandated by Kofi Annan following the conclusions of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), is now over. If you wish to know what was said, you could go and read the transcripts of the morning [...]

Internet Governance Forum Day 2: More discussions and a statement by FSFE

The second day of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Geneva has started just like the last day has ended, with an open discussion on where, how and in which form the IGF should take place.

After hearing what has been discussed here throughout the the last one and a half days, I decided to [...]

Internet Governance Forum Day 1: Many discussions, few conclusions

Having been mandated by the Tunis phase of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the first day of the consultations on the establishment of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is coming to an end in Geneva.

The first day was generally devoted to an open debate and exchange of views, and [...]