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[News] Norbert Bollow (OpenISO Founder) Explains How ISO is Open to Corruption

  • Subject: [News] Norbert Bollow (OpenISO Founder) Explains How ISO is Open to Corruption
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 02:51:19 +0000
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2009-11-11: What are the decision criteria for DCORs in the JTC1 Directives?

,----[ Quote ]
| Since the results of the DCOR1 (draft 
| corrigendum 1) ballots for ISO/IEC 29500 have 
| been distributed to the ISO/IEC member bodies 
| last week, it has become clear that there is 
| much confusion about what the relevant ISO/IEC 
| rules (in this case, the JTC1 Directives) say 
| about this kind of situation. 


"Microsoft corrupted many members of ISO in order to win approval for its
phony âopenâ document format, OOXML. This was so governments that keep their
documents in a Microsoft-only format can pretend that they are using âopen
standards.â The government of South Africa has filed an appeal against the
decision, citing the irregularities in the process."

                        --Richard Stallman, June 2008


IBM May Quit Technology Standards Bodies

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| The Armonk, N.Y.-based computer maker is expected to announce the review
| Tuesday, according to company officials. IBM has become frustrated by what it
| considers opaque processes and poor decision-making at some of the hundreds
| of bodies that set technical standards for everything from data-storage
| systems to programming languages, those officials said.


WSJ: IBM Considers Quitting Standards Bodies

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| The Wall Street Journal is publishing an article mentioning the OOXML fiasco,
| and the intention of IBM to leave some standards organisations (ECMA
| Microsoft-proxy is probably on the shooting line). With the disgusting
| Microsoft committee stuffing and the non-reaction of ISO, I would say this is
| something I should do now in terms of protest. The current way to define
| standards behind closed doors, closed rooms, and with archaic methods of
| patching standards proposals outside of the public eye is something that
| should be reformed.


20 August 2008 (Microsoft corrupts the ISO)

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| Microsoft consummated its corruption of the International Standards
| Organization, which dismissed an appeal by several countries against the
| approval of OOXML.
| However, I think the EU's criminal investigation of this corruption is still
| live. (Is it?)


ISO's Day of Shame

,----[ Quote ]
| Riiiight: so there was insufficient support among the technical boards for
| their dirty laundry to be aired in public. What a surprise. The fact that
| standards bodies representing the second- and fourth-most populous countries
| in the world were unhappy with the way the standardisation process was
| carried out doesn't matter, apparently.
| Time for a new international standards body, methinks....


Detailed IEC Voting Results on OOXML Appeals

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| As I reported yesterday, the OOXML appeals brought by Brazil, India, South
| Africa and Venezuela have been rejected by the Technical Management Board
| (TMB) and Standardization Management Board (SMB) of ISO and IEC,
| respectively.  I have now received the actual voting results for the IEC
| vote, and an indecipherable screenshot of the ISO votes.  I'll hope to add
| the ISO votes later on when I get more comprehensible information, but in the
| meantime, here are the IEC results.
| In each case, the questions included in the ballot were the same:
|     a) Not to process the appeal any further
|     b) To process one or more of the appeals, which would require setting up
|     of a conciliation panel


UPDATE - Countries may follow South Africa in appealing Microsoft-sponsored
OOXML standard: ISO

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| According to ISO spokesman Roger Frost, "Because the period for receipt of
| appeals remains open until the end of May, ISO will communicate on the next
| steps in early June, when it knows whether any other national bodies are
| appealing."


South Africa appeals against OOXML, call your Standards Body now!

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| The South African Standards Body SABS have lodged an appeal at ISO against
| the awful fast-track process of DIS29500, or Microsoft Office OpenXML. Please
| call your national Standards Body and ask them to support this complain. You
| have only 7 days because the deadline is 30 May, 2 months after the ISO vote.
| Steve Pepper, being so disgused about the intervention of a Norwegian
| bureaucrat reverting the decision of the Norwegian Technical Committee, is
| pointing at the fact that this person is also member of the ISO Technical
| Management Board (TMB), who will decide on the future of this appeal. I hope
| we will have some transparency on who is deciding what inside ISO on this
| appeal. It is time for ISO to clean up its stables, they have not been
| cleaned for several years, and they are getting dirty and smelly.


The South Africa Bureau of Standards submits an official appeal to ISO and IEC
against OOXML

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| At least one National Body has submitted a formal complaint to ISO and IEC.
| South Africa was rather vocal about the Fast Tracking process of OOXML from
| day one.


ISO Fantasy

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| What OOXML Is  The ISO process, brutal and corrupt as it was, has been
| covered to death by everyone. Its output, soon to be known as ISO/IEC 29500,
| differs from ECMA-376 in two ways. Â
| [...]
| What Microsoft really wanted was that ISO stamp of approval to use as a
| marketing tool. And just like your mother told you, when they get what they
| want and have their way with you, theyâre probably not gonna call you in the
| morning.


Computer experts stage street protest in Oslo against Microsoft document format
as standard

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| OSLO, Norway: Roughly 60 data experts staged a rare and noisy street
| demonstration in downtown Oslo on Wednesday to protest the adoption of
| Microsoft Corp.'s document format as an international standard and against
| Norway voting for the move.
| [...]
| He claimed the committee ignored the advice of the vast majority of the
| Nordic nation's software experts, was pressured by Microsoft and
| displayed "scandalous behavior."


OOXML triggers demonstration in Norway: "Let's throw OOXML out of ISO"


Demonstration outside ISO conference

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| Steve Pepper, the former Chairman of the Norwegian committee responsible for
| deciding the Norwegian vote on OOXML, is calling for a demonstration to take
| place outside the building where SC34, the ISO committee that has been landed
| with OOXML, is holding its spring plenary.
| The demonstration will take place outside HÃndverkeren, Rosenkrantzgate 7,
| Oslo, Norway, on Wednesday April 9 at 12.00. Among the slogans are:
| * No to ISO approval of OOXML!
| * Defend the integrity of ISO!
| * Microsoft: Support ODF!
| * Ecma: Withdraw OOXML!
| * Norway must say no to OOXML!


Shenanigans Alleged on Road to OOXML Vote

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| The events leading up to the ISO's decision on OOXML can best be described as
| strange.
| Take the case of KT 182, the Polish technical committee responsible for the
| OOXML standardization process, as described on Groklaw: Chairperson Elzbieta
| Andrukiewicz was instructed that KT 182 should abstain from voting if a
| consensus was not achieved. Well, it wasn't, and she said the members who
| were absent could vote by e-mail E-Mail Marketing Software - Free Trial.
| Click Here. -- but if they didn't vote, she'd take their non-response as a
| yes.
| Later, when presenting the results of the ballot resolution, she showed a
| slide that claimed 98 percent of the OOXML issues had been resolved during
| the KT 182 meeting.
| When reminded this wasn't true, and told that the author of the PowerPoint
| file was Paul Pesch, platform strategy manager at Microsoft Netherlands, she
| threatened to sue anyone who repeated the assertion that Pesch was the
| author.
| That slide had been shown at another meeting, and one of the Brazilian
| delegates had complained about it.

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