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Two Weeks Since Tunis: What Now with WSIS?

WSIS/Internet Governance

Two weeks ago, the U.S. pulled off an Internet governance coup in Tunisia. Today, ICANN's Board of Directors is meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. In between, among other things, ICANN was hit with three new law suits relating to how it does its job. If it's not one thing, it's another.

It's been just over two weeks since the World Summit for the Information Society folded up its tents (literally) in Tunis. I've been following the WSIS process for two years, and cumulating blog entries and news items for the last six months here. I also dedicated this November's issue of the Consortium Standards Bulletin to the "compromise" that left the root zone of the Internet to the management of the U.S., and created a new Internet Governance Forum to accommodate the desires of the rest of the world to participate in decision making regarding the future use and impact of the Internet.

Now that everyone is back home, how is it going? Here are a few notes and reports from all over that give a sense of what's been happening.

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IPR Policies 101: That depends on what you mean by "the"

OpenDocument and OOXMLThe important part of Microsoft's covenant not to sue is only one sentence long. Here are about 100 that try to explain what it means.
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IBM Weighs in Behind ODF in MA

OpenDocument and OOXMLIBM's Bob Sutor writes to Romney's office to point out that IBM's 5,000 Massachusetts' jobs are squarely behindn ODF
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The British Library, XML, and the Rest of the Story

OpenDocument and OOXMLThe British Library was prominently featured in the November 22 announcement by Microsoft as a supporter of its plan to offer the Microsoft SML Reference Schema to Ecma and ISO. But what does that exactly mean?
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ODF/XML Notes and Reports from All Over (installment IV)

OpenDocument and OOXMLEverybody had a lot to say about Microsoft's announcement last week. Here's a sampling.
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IBM Position on Microsoft XML Schema

OpenDocument and OOXMLThis week I've been analyzing the Microsoft XML Schema Ecma commitment and covenant not to sue. Here are IBM's questions on the same topic
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City on a Hill or Tammany Hall?

OpenDocument and OOXMLIn a recent op/ed piece on the Massachusetts legislature's attempt to strip Peter Quinn of his policy power I asked whether the State House would prove to live up to the Commonwealth's ideal of a City on a Hill, or down to Tammany Hall. An article in today's Globe suggests the wrong answer.
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The Microsoft Covenant Reexamined

OpenDocument and OOXMLNOTE: The Microsoft covenant that is analyzed below has been amended several times by Microsoft. As a result, the promise at is appears at the Microsoft site is not identical to the one that I reviewed in writing this post. Further, there is no change history at the Microsoft site. As a result, the following analysis is no longer complete or current, and should therefore not be relied upon.

In a previous post, I compared the Microsoft XML Schema covenant not to sue with that offered by Sun in favor of ODF, and concluded it fell short. But how does Microsoft's covenant compare to its old XML Schema? From that perspective, its a real improvement.

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Microsoft's Format Covenant Fails Comparison Test with Sun's

OpenDocument and OOXMLNOTE: The version of the covenant that is currently posted at the OSP page of the Microsoft Web site has been amended multiple times since this blog entry was written. Accordingly, it should not be regarded as a current or complete as to the OSP as it applies today. Just a few minutes ago, Microsoft posted its "covenant not to sue" implementes of its Office formats. I was able to get an advance copy, and here is a line by line legal analysis and comparison to the Sun covenant that supports ODF. Sun's wins by a mile.
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Microsoft Drops the Big One on ODF (Day II)

OpenDocument and OOXMLThe dust hasn't settled yet, but more of Microsoft's strategy is becoming clear. Here is a comprehensive review of what's become available so far.