RANDom links on RAND and open standards

As the British Cabinet Office opened a consultation on open standards and the best procurement practices for the United Kingdom’s public sector a wave of lobbyists, flown in from the US or just homegrown on British soil, came flocking the Cabinet offices near St James a few weeks ago. The topic of the discussion remains, after all these years of struggle in many countries, just about the same: how to procure Free & Open Source Software, and Open Standards, despite the steady and implacable pressure and game-rigging of Microsoft and its friends from the BSA. In a sense it is the same old story, and therefore it’s a story that’s getting old. No pun intended to the Cabinet Office here, but the political and social pressure applied on public service by some powerful corporations is a shame and should be stopped. In any case, because the issues surrounding Free and Open Source Software as well as standards and patents are still widely misunderstood I thought I would be compiliing a short list of links on the matter:

Comments and questions welcome.

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