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[News] FSFE and FFII Complain About Lobbyists Corrupting EIFv2

  • Subject: [News] FSFE and FFII Complain About Lobbyists Corrupting EIFv2
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 08 Nov 2009 19:59:32 +0000
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EIFv2: EC breaks interop, then bows to public protest?

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| This week, Dutch journalist Brenno de 
| Winter published a leaked draft for a new 
| version of the European Interoperability 
| Framework (EIF).
| [...]
| The reaction to the draft has been very 
| strong. FSFE has sent a letter (below) to 
| the people in member states of the EU who 
| are in charge of eGovernment, telling them 
| that this draft is unacceptable, that it 
| will hurt the public sector (along with 
| European citizens), and discredit the 
| European institutions. The FFII has joined 
| in with 10 recommendations to improve the 
| draft.
| [...]
| The current text is not a viable successor 
| to version 1 of the EIF. Instead of leading 
| Europe forward into an interoperable 
| future, it will promote vendor lock-in, 
| block interoperability of eGovernment 
| services, and damage the European software 
| economy. If adopted, it will be a testament 
| to the power which is exerted outside 
| democratic and transparent processes, and 
| will give rise to Euro-scepticism.
| FSFE appeals to you to urge the European 
| Commission to withdraw the current draft, 
| in order to avoid replacing the sound and 
| and widely accepted EIF version 1 with an 
| extremely weak text prepared in an 
| intransparent process. At stake are both 
| interoperability in the public sector and 
| the credibility of European institutions.


FFII files Ten Recommendations on leaked EIF 2.0 draft

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| "Microsoft and other larger companies went 
| to lobby the European Commission and DG 
| Enterprise in order to ask for the removal 
| of the open standards definition, in order 
| to exclude Free Software with patent 
| royalties", explains FFII President 
| Benjamin Henrion, who followed the lobby 
| debates in Brussels. While some lobbyists 
| want to water the European Interoperability 
| Framework down, others aim for better 
| interoperability enforcement and full 
| support for open standards with public ICT 
| services.


If Not EIF 2.0, Then What?


IDABC EIF Info Day 2008 - Brussels



EU Wants to Re-define âClosedâ as âNearly Openâ

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| Version 1 came out in 2004, and since then
| battles have raged over how Version 2 would
| address the issue of âopennessâ. Judging by
| a leaked version of the near-final result,
| it looks like the lobbyists acting on the
| behalf of closed-source software houses
| have won.
| [...]
| Got that? âClosedâ lies at one end of the
| *open* spectrum, which conveniently means
| we can *include* closed solutions in the
| interoperability framework because they are
| part of that continuum.


Revision of the EIF and AG

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| In 2006, the European Commission has started the revision of the European
| Interoperability Framework (EIF) and the Architecture Guidelines (AG).


The 'European Interoperability Framework for pan-European eGovernment Services'
now available in printed version


UK: Open Standards Forum 2008

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| In today's Internet and in many large private network infrastructures,
| heterogeneity and diversity are the rule rather than the exception. Security
| infrastructures need open standards and interoperability to scale to the huge
| deployments that are being rolled out. Many security standards support a
| model where identity authentication, access control, digital signature
| processing, encryption and key management are provided as services that can
| be distributed and shared.


IDABC EIF Info Day 2008 - Brussels

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| The European Commission, Directorate General for Informatics (IDABC), is
| organising a special event aiming to present and inform on the new version of
| the European Interoperability Framework. This EIF Info Day is to take place
| on 25 June 2008 in Brussels.


EU: Feedback welcome on the draft document based on which the new European
Interoperability Framework will be elaborated

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| The draft document based on which the final EIF v2.0 will be elaborated is
| now available online on the IDABC website of the European Commission.
| External comments from all of those interested are welcome by 22 September
| 2008.


Welcome to the Open Source Observatory and Repository for European public

,----[ Quote ]
| The OSOR provides a platform for the exchange of information, experiences and
| FLOSS-based code for the use in public administrations. Your are invited to
| participate in this exchange and make use of the OSOR services:
|     * international news on Open Source topics;
|     * a repository with code and documentation on software for public
|       administrations;
|     * a state-of-the art forge for working together.
| The value and usefulness of the platform will increase with the number of
| contributors and of contributions that are offered for sharing.


Using the European championship to spread malware

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| Microsoft is pushing their evil SilverLight platform very hard. They want to
| make sure that providers of cross-platform software for delivering rich
| applications via the web browser are thwarted. This is normal behavior for a
| monopolistic company and certainly for Microsoft. To accomplish this goal
| they are throwing around bucketloads of money and FUD to get content
| providers to use the Microsoft malware Silverlight exclusively.


European Commission publishes draft of interoperability framework

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| The European Commission's Directorate-General for Informatics has published a
| proposal â PDF file â for a revised framework to promote interoperability in
| e-government services. In the revision of the European Interoperability
| Framework (EIF), Brussels calls for open standards to be used in public
| administration, arguing that open standards lower the bar for market entry,
| promote competition, increase quality, widen choice and lower prices. It goes
| on to point out that open standards also ensure access to information and
| services and argues that public administration benefits because public
| officials have to keep control of the standards and technical specifications
| used.


53 answers to the revision of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF)

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| The Commission has published on its website the list of stakeholders who
| contributed to the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) consultation.
| Even if the European Interoperability Framework is mostly directed to provide
| open standards to be used by governments when they communicate with citizens,
| it can be expected that some large industry players wants to put their
| patents and restrictions on how citizens can communicate with their
| governments.


UK set to sidestep US patent affecting print management

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| US print procurement company e-Lynxx has been awarded a patent covering
| competitive tendering of a specified item on an electronic platform, such as
| print management.
| The company plans to licence the business method to users.
| William Gindlesperger, patent inventor and chief executive of e-Lynxx,
| said: "Every organisation with an electronic procurement system... that
| follows the steps outlined in this new patent, will need a licence to use the
| patented methodology."
| However, the UK patent office said that merely transferring a process that
| already existed to an electronic platform was unlikely to result in an
| enforceable patent.


Chocolate coins for EPO cash cow

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| Examiners of the European Patent Office have recently invaded one of the
| secret meetings of the Administrative Council with chocolate coins, pointing
| to the conflict of interests between the National Patent Offices (NPOs) and
| their appetite of "more patents, more money".

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