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Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 25 2007 @ 04:16 AM CDT
"No, I am saying that people make mistakes through any combination of innocence and slackness and the real subversion of the process is  to fail to recognize that and work around it."

I think I have gone too far from my initial post. I see myself discussing subjects I don't feel I should be discussing.

 I found the reference for my original post, in Dutch:
rechtennieuws.nl/16551/microsoft-en-de-legitimiteit-van-iso-standaardisatie.html
This is an article in Dutch for a Dutch law(yer) magazine. The author, Corien Prins, is a professor in "ICT" law (Recht en Informatisering).

I mentioned the Sweden case not to point fingers, but because this author mentions it.

Her conclusions, as I read them, are that the Dutch law-makers and administration should start to question the legitimate nature of ISO standards. She reasons that the OOXML vote is the latest example of the opaque procedures used by private parties and interests deciding over standards that affect large areas of society and economy. She especially points to the de facto use of ISO standards in government procurement. The large influence of big corporations (Microsoft, IBM, and Sun) can dominate the national voices in the NBs, thereby invoking the question of national influence in the whole pocedure. In the end, she suggests to shift voting power from private, commercial, parties to (acountable) political bodies.

This is not my view, and I will not defend it. But this author is likely to influence government policy in the Netherlands. History shows that the views in the Netherlands are generally not far from those in other EU countries. Therefore, I expect that there will be a call for more political accountability in the ISO standardization process.

What makes the happenings in Sweden special is that this is mentioned in many outside commentaries. In my opinion, the big question lurking in the background is, "what if Microsoft had not informed the NB?". And more specifically, "what will happen next time?".

Note that these views have nothing to do with how I feel about OOXML and the way MS promoted its adoption as an ISO standard.

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