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[ossig] [FOSS-PDI] U.S. advised to promote open standards, source,innovation

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A business- and university-led public policy group has issued a
downloadable 72-page report examining open standards, open source
software, and "open innovation." The report concludes that openness
should be promoted as a matter of public policy, in order to foster
innovation and economic growth in the U.S. and world economies. 

The report was released by the Committee for Economic Development (CED),
a non-profit, non-partisan public policy research organization comprised
of about 200 senior corporate executives and university leaders. The
report resulted from a project within CED's Digital Connections Council
(DCC), which is chaired by Paul M. Horn, SVP of research at IBM. The
project was directed by Elliot Maxwell, described as "a key advisor on
digital economy issues in the Clinton Administration."

The CED report concludes that intellectual property (IP) law and
business practices designed for the trade of physical goods threaten
economic development and innovation in digital information product
markets such as software. It recommends several specific steps aimed at
helping public policy makers promote openness, innovation, and economic
      * Open Standards
              * Governments should "encourage the development and use of
                open standards, through processes as open to
                participation and contribution as possible"
              * The results of government-supported research should be
                readily available for inclusion in open standards
              * Governments should create incentives for early
                disclosure of intellectual property rights affecting
                open standards, because historically, companies have
                waited, in order to maximize damage claims
      * Open Source Software
              * Governments should not mandate any particular license,
                such as requiring open source software only; however...
                      * No citizen should be required to use the
                        hardware or software of any particular vendor
                      * International procurements should also supprt
                        inter-operability requirements 
      * Open Innovation (such as 'peer production' systems like
        WikiPedia and eBay user ratings)
              * To foster open innovation, federally funded,
                non-classified research should be widely disseminated,
                following the example of the NIH (National Institute of
              * "Any legislation or regulation regarding intellectual
                property rights [should be] weighed with a presumption
                against the granting of new rights ... because of the
                benefits to society of further innovation through
                greater access to technology."
              * The NSF (National Science Foundation) should fund
                research into "alternative compensation methods, similar
                to those created to facilitate the growth of radio, to
                reward creators of digital information products"

Sunil Abraham   Manager sunil@apdip.net  www.iosn.net  
International Open Source Network - Software Freedom for All
Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme www.apdip.net
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