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Bill requires open source use in govtChin Wong
Manila Standard Today.com –September 13, 2006 - REP. Teodoro Casiño is expected to file a bill this week mandating the use of free and open source software and open standards in all government projects.
A draft furnished to Standard Today showed that the bill allows the use of proprietary software in government only when no open source alternatives are readily available, or when a proprietary system is already widely in use.
The bill also prohibits any government agency from procuring technology goods and services that are locked in to or dependent on a single vendor. Full Story
OASIS Forms Integrated Collaboration Object Model for Interoperable Collaboration Services (ICOM) Technical Committee
OASIS.org –February 6, 2009 - OASIS members have formed a new technical committee to create an
Integrated Collaboration Object Model for Interoperable Collaboration
Services (ICOM) Specification and associated UML 2.0 model." According
to the TC's Statement of Purpose: "Organizations need to integrate their
collaboration services with business applications in order to enable
contextual collaboration within an end-to-end business process, such
as customer relationship management, procurement, performance, and
project management, to improve business efficiencies. Typically these
organizations have incrementally deployed a mix of disjoint collaboration
tools. As a result, these organizations face technical obstacles and
high costs in their quests to integrate these disjoint tools and the
data each tool produces. To solve this problem, various collaboration
vendors have attempted to unify their platforms in order to build a
single collaboration environment which provides full range of
collaboration activities. However, these vendor specific platforms
still lack a standard model, interface, and protocol to support contextual
collaboration within business processes. Without a standard collaboration
model that can provide a complete range of collaboration activities,
customers, ISVs, and integrators face a difficult challenge to build
contextual collaboration environments using service components from
multiple vendors. Full Story
ODF Wins the Office Document Format War?Neil McAlister
PCWorld.com –May 22, 2008 - Good news for those of you who have been following the XML office document standards battle. Microsoft today announced that Office 2007 will support ODF (Open Document Format), the document standard used by OpenOffice.org and other open source productivity suites, with the release of Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2, due sometime in early 2009.
Even more surprising, however, was the corollary to the announcement. While the Office programmer bees are busy buzzing away at ODF, OOXML (Office Open XML) is being put on the back burner. Don't expect Office to support a fully ISO-compliant version of OOXML until the next major release of the suite, currently codenamed Office 14, release date unknown....Any way you slice it, this is a big step toward shaking off Microsoft's dominance of the office software market and ensuring that we can all preserve our files for years to come. Full Story
Microsoft to add support for ODF and PDF in OfficeSubmitted by Microsoft Subnet
NetworkWorld.com –May 22, 2008 - Don't you just want to roll your eyes? True, it is a good thing that Microsoft is finally adding support for ODF and Adobe PDF to its Office suite. At least, that's the news the company is expected to announce Wednesday. But after all the torture that Microsoft put the International Standards Organization through to get its competing document format protocol, Office Open XML (OOXML), accepted as a fast-tracked standard, this move could very well make OOXML moot. Truly, Microsoft could have saved the world the headache and simply supported ODF (and maybe even PDF) a long time ago.
Of course, we'll see if this announcement precedes any more whammies from the European Commission,... Full Story
U.S.-Based Chip-Tech Group Moving to Switzerland Over Trade Curb FearsStephen Nellis in San Francisco / Alexandra Alper
RISK-V CEO Calista Redmond commenting on the organization\'s decision to move to Switzerland –November 26, 2019 - A U.S.-based foundation overseeing promising semiconductor technology developed with Pentagon support will soon move to Switzerland after several of the group's foreign members raised concerns about potential U.S. trade curbs.
The nonprofit RISC-V Foundation (pronounced risk-five) wants to ensure that universities, governments and companies outside the United States can help develop its open-source technology, its Chief Executive Calista Redmond said in an interview with Reuters...
"From around the world, we've heard that 'If the incorporation was not in the U.S., we would be a lot more comfortable'," she said... Full Story
Google Launches OpenTitan Project to Open Source Chip SecurityKelly Sheridan
–November 12, 2019 - Google is teaming up with tech industry partners to launch OpenTitan, an open source project to strengthen chip security. The initiative will build reference design and integration guidelines for root-of-trust (RoT) silicon chips to be implemented in data center servers, storage devices, peripherals, and other technologies.
The goal is to give chipmakers and platform providers the ability to inspect and contribute to the design, firmware, and documentation of silicon chips. By open-sourcing the chip design, members of OpenTitan hope to make the process more transparent and secure. RoT chips can be used in server motherboards, network cards, laptops, phones, routers, and Internet of Things devices... Full Story
Adobe, The New York Times Company and Twitter Announce Content Authenticity Initiative to Develop Industry Standard for Content AttributionPress Release
–November 8, 2019 - At Adobe MAX, Adobe today announced the Content Authenticity Initiative, along with The New York Times Company and Twitter, aimed at developing an industry standard for digital content attribution.
The ability to provide proper content attribution for creators and publishers is critical to ensure trust and transparency online. Adobe, The New York Times Company and Twitter believe that creating a long-term solution is a shared responsibility among creators, technology, and media companies, and that joining forces will accelerate progress...
Adobe is developing an opt-in system that will allow creators and publishers to securely attach attribution data to content they choose to share. The framework is designed to let authors verify their content so that they receive proper attribution and provide consumers with an attribution trail to give them greater confidence about the authenticity of the content they\'re consuming...Adobe, The New York Times Company and Twitter plan to kick off the initiative at a summit along with a larger group of technology and media companies in the coming months.
Companies interested in participating in the Content Authenticity Initiative can learn more at http://www.adobe.com/go/content-authenticity or contact email@example.com. Full Story
ANSI and USAID Announce Implementation of Standards Alliance: Phase 2
–October 30, 2019 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of Standards Alliance: Phase 2. The public-private partnership will build upon the success of Phase I to support the capacity of developing countries in the areas of legal and regulatory framework, standards development, conformity assessment procedures, and private sector engagement.
The second phase of the Standards Alliance will involve collaboration with U.S. private sector partners, U.S. government experts, and USAID eligible countries over a five-year period. A key goal of Phase 2 is to help increase the capacity of developing countries to implement accepted international best practices to reduce instances of poor quality and unsafe products, services, and infrastructure. Ultimately, better adoption and implementation of international standards will improve the quality and safety of goods on a global scale.
The expansion of the program will also seek to create new avenues for bilateral partnership, and will pursue inclusive approaches to support gender balance and responsiveness, especially in fields related to science, technology, and innovation. In particular, the program will support balanced gender representation during events and in speaking roles... Full Story
ANSI, in Partnership with European Standardization Organizations, Releases Guidance Documents to Clarify the U.S. and European Standardization Systems
–October 28, 2019 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in partnership with three European Standardization Organizations (ESOs), CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI, has released two guidance documents to increase understanding of the respective U.S. and European standardization systems. The documents are an outcome of long-term discussions between the ESOs and ANSI, to further enhance cooperation and transparency between the groups... Full Story
Senators Urge DOJ to Develop Antitrust Guidance for Licensing of Standard Essential Patents
–October 25, 2019 - On Monday 21, 2019, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Christopher A. Coons (D-DE) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice pushing it to provide greater clarity as to its antitrust enforcement policy on standard essential patents ("SEPs"). SEPs are patents necessary for certain technological standards set by standard setting organizations...SEPs can give rise to antitrust risks. For example, firms holding patents integrated into technological standards can wield significant leverage over their potential competitors by refusing to give access to the patents necessary to compete. Such conduct may constitute unlawful monopolization in violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act and other SEP licensing practices may also violate Section 1 of the Sherman Act as anticompetitive agreements.
The U.S. antitrust agencies have expressed differing views as to SEPs. The FTC and DOJ have adopted opposing positions at times, and there have even been internal inconsistencies within the agencies... Full Story