[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Sign the Hague declaration
bh at udev.org
Wed May 14 16:55:37 EDT 2008
Michael P. Gerlek <mpg at lizardtech.com> :
> I'm not looking to start a debate, but...
> >> We call on all governments to:
> >> 1. Procure only information technology that implements free and
> open standards;
> >> 2. Deliver e-government services based exclusively on free and open
> >> 3. Use only free and open digital standards in their own
> I'm certainly sympathetic to the desires this declaration seems to
> express, but this seems to go too far by using words like "only" and
> There are undoubtedly cases where extant open standards are not as
> mature, stable, featureful, mission-safe, etc, as the relevant
> proprietary solutions, and so as a pragmatic matter governments must
> rely on the proprietary works in those cases.
And force its citizens to buy a copy of proprietary software, or to use
When it comes to contact with citizens, governments could exclude
participation of their own citizens just by using proprietary standards.
Benjamin Henrion <bhenrion at ffii.org>
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