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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, … Continue reading

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WIPO GA: Current situation, and FSFE’s statement

The good news first: The outcome of the Development Agenda discussions has been accepted by the Assembly of the Member States of WIPO, so there is now formally a Development Agenda for WIPO to discuss the substantial issues. Definitely a … Continue reading

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WIPO GA: Starting off by grinding to a halt

The 2007 general assembly of the UN WIPO started off yesterday by grinding to a halt over accusations against WIPO director general Kamil Idris, who apparently changed his officially recorded birth date. The United States wants that issue discussed and … Continue reading

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So this is what hit Microsoft…

The past two months have been interesting in the Chinese sense. A primary culprit of that was Microsoft’s failed attempt to push their proprietary MS-OOXML format through ISO. But there were also talks and meetings with ministers (see [1][2]) to … Continue reading

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WIPO General Assembly: Broadcasting Treaty, Development Agenda and better NGO participation

Because FSFE is about to open an office in Z├╝rich and we’re also preparing some interesting actions for next week, I’m currently quite pressed for time. That is why I decided to shorten my stay at the WIPO General Assembly … Continue reading

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Misplaced obsession?

It appears that some people still have difficulties with all this new technology. Take Tom Giovanetti of the IPI, for instance. The IPI is a group that is sponsored by (and therefore speaks along the lines of interest of) some … Continue reading

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WIPO PCDA2: Process derailed, future unclear

Although I could not attend the last day in person, from this article on IP-Watch it appears that the Development Agenda process has apparently been derailed by yesterdays breakup [1, 2] as a reaction to the proposal of the chair. … Continue reading

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WIPO PCDA2: Free Software: Feedback to our work, and perspectives

Besides the highly controversial plenary discussion, which seems to have led to a stalemate at the current point in time, there were some very interesting points at this PCDA meeting in relation to the work FSFE has been doing at … Continue reading

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WIPO PCDA2: Silence in the plenary

It is a very unusual occurence if the chair opens the floor for comments, and there is no reaction for several minutes. A room full of more than 150 delegations in silence is a very strange experience, especially since they … Continue reading

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WIPO PCDA2: Escalation on day four: What is the future of the Development Agenda?

The Provisional Committee on Proposals Related to a WIPO Development Agenda (PCDA/2) took place this week at the WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland. As in February [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] and the year before, FSFE was at the meeting … Continue reading

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