Digistan: "Where does the pressure come from?"
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 20 Jan 2009 13:29
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Despite the fact that the ICT sector is considered strategic for growth and innovation in the broader economy, the EU has fallen behind its competitors in terms of investments in ICT R & D. As the European Commission prepares to lay out a strategy for this sector in the 21st century, there is increasing pressure on EU and national public authorities to buy ICT products that conform to open standards that contain no intellectual property, or in which the intellectual property is subject to low or zero royalty rates and/or cannot carry use restrictions. Where does this pressure come from? Does it really serve the interests of a European Union determined to compete in the global knowledge economy? Or does the warm-sounding populist rhetoric calling for "openness" risk turning Europe into an innovation "dead zone"?
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