European ICT Strategy: Software Tea Party

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A citizens agenda for ICT warfare and the oil of the 21st century.

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European ICT Strategy: Software Tea Party

  1. 1. European ICT Strategy <ul><ul><li>Make our Software Choice! </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Current situation <ul><li>Europe depends on Oil </li></ul>But why bother?
  3. 3. Peak Oil
  4. 4. Dependencies – pay a price
  5. 5. Desert Foxholes?
  6. 6. Current situation <ul><li>Europe depends on Oil </li></ul><ul><li>Europe depends on US software monopolists </li></ul>But why bother?
  7. 7. Dependencies <ul><li>Control </li></ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul><ul><li>Liberty </li></ul><ul><li>ACCESS </li></ul>
  8. 8. Think about it <ul><li>Control over Software and Communication Standards are the Oil of the Knowledge Society </li></ul><ul><li>Who controls the plattforms we use? </li></ul><ul><li>We pay a high price for European failures to defend our freedom </li></ul>
  9. 9. Dependencies or Democracy <ul><li>US Software monopolists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hire our politicians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take freedom from our SMEs by pushing against interoperability regulations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackmail our Governments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ignore and insult our competition authorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Endanger National Security </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Sovereignty or slavery?
  11. 11. What needs to be done? <ul><li>Identify strategic ICT dependencies of Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Implement European Free Software Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Secure a level playing field: open standards and interoperability </li></ul><ul><li>Throw all these foreign software lobbyists out! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Software Tea Party? <ul><li>OOXML vs. OpenDocumentFormat </li></ul><ul><li>Current issue: ISO approval of 'Microsoft Office Open XML' </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://fsfeurope.org/documents/msooxml-questions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.noooxml.org/petition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.robweir.com/blog/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. http://www.noOOXML.org <ul><li>Say no to a broken proprietary standard! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Openess matters! <ul><li>Promote openess: open societies, open markets, open standards, open source, open government ... and OpenDocument </li></ul>
  15. 15. But... <ul><li>MS-Office Open XML </li></ul><ul><li>Democratic Republic of North Korea </li></ul><ul><li>ECMA Standard </li></ul>
  16. 16. Open up on us <ul><li>Case: Government of Sweden uses US closed source communication software </li></ul>
  17. 17. EU-Investigator Cambell <ul><li>... Lotus's answer was a system that let NSA easily read foreign users' e-mail, while improving security against other eavesdroppers. </li></ul><ul><li>To prevent foreign users tampering with the workfactor reduction field, the International Edition of Lotus Notes will refuse to decipher any message which does not contain the correct field. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Solution <ul><li>Lotus and RSA have removed the ... papers from their web sites. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Openess matters <ul><li>Closed Source Software facilitates spying on our Governments and our Businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Governments and security sensitive areas: FLOSS only </li></ul><ul><li>Open Standards promote competition </li></ul>
  20. 20. European Software Independence <ul><li>Governments have to act? Yes, but... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>slow and conventional thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>incompetence and corruption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>public servants adore power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>they let it happen </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WE need to take action </li></ul>

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