European Commission

As Neelie Kroes leaves the office of the European Commission's VP of the Digital Agenda, we take a look the new, incoming leadership and ask where they stand on open source software and open standards.
1 comment Posted 14 Oct 2014 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
Europe Code Week is organized by Neelie Kroes' Young Advisors with the support from DG Connect at the European Commission and runs from October 11 - 17 this year. It's a program all about teaching kids and adults how to code and understand more about technology.
0 comments Posted 8 Oct 2014 by Robin Muilwijk Feed
Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission (EC)
Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission (EC), has a website called Comment Neelie to initiate and maintain a two-way conversation between herself, as a politician, and the public, as citizens. Kroes says that it's "a channel to communicate, not just broadcast."
2 comments Posted 25 Nov 2013 by Robin Muilwijk Feed
open source government ICT systems
The European Commission (EC) recently published an important report, officially a Communication: Against lock-in: building open ICT systems using standards. The Communication introduces and explains the need for the accompanying: Guide for procurement of standards-based ICT—Elements of Good... Read more
3 comments Posted 2 Jul 2013 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
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The European Commission (EC), the central governing body of the EU, has in the past several years pursued ICT policies that increasingly have been good for "openness" in the areas of standards, data, and software. Its recent announcements on cloud computing have continued this theme. However, as... Read more
3 comments Posted 25 Mar 2013 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
Tug of war
Observing the open source public policy landscape over the past several months, one couldn’t be blamed for feeling optimistic. Government after government, it seemed, was stepping up and laying the ground work for public-sector adoption and private-sector growth of open standards and open source... Read more
4 comments Posted 18 Jan 2013 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
Innovation and collaboration stifled in red tape
It is hard to think of any environment as conducive to innovation as the Internet. With a good idea and the motivation to follow it through, anything is possible. Look at Wikipedia, the Google search engine, and Facebook, to name just a few success stories. Behind them are thousands of less famous... Read more
0 comments Posted 24 May 2012 by Paul Meller Feed
In December, the long awaited version 2.0 of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) was released by the European Commission. Version 1.0 had defined “open standard” as royalty-free, a definition of enormous impact on standards policy because it focused on the user perspective rather than... Read more
6 comments Posted 20 Jan 2011 by Brian Kahin Feed
Lock on a building
After a decade-long battle, terms of a settlement agreement were finally reached last week between the European Commission and Microsoft regarding anticompetitiveness. The official settlement is a win for European consumers, but the simultaneous Public Undertaking on Interoperability issued by... Read more
3 comments Posted 23 Dec 2009 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed