Open Standards, Interoperability and Government Procurement

November 2, 2006

co-sponsored by the Consumer Project on Technology (CPTech), Sun Microsystems, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Yale Information Society Project, the South Centre and IP Justice.

Hosted by the Athens Internet Governance Forum

Open Standards Page
Objectives and Purpose
Speaker Bios
Key Documents
Workshop Organizers
CPTech Page on IGF
CPTech Page on ODF

This workshop will present the relationship between the "openness" of ICT standards, economic and social development, and government policy making, with a focus on procurement policies. Workshop participants will address the role government procurement policies can play in promoting the "network effect" along with suggestions for future action from the IGF.

The discussion will help governments to better understand the inherent tension between intellectual property rights (IPR) holders in ICT standards and the public. The workshop will use the example of the OpenDocument Format standard to highlight the positive impact open ICT standards can have on information access.

Key Documents

DRAFT IGF Standards Statement in ODT Format and HTML Format

DRAFT Best Practices for Government Policies and Procurement Practices to Support Broader Information Access in ODT Format and HTML Format

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