[Nottingham] UK Government Open Standards Consultation

Barry Drake ubuntu-advertising at gmx.com
Fri Apr 20 10:08:06 UTC 2012

On 17/04/12 14:44, Jason Irwin wrote:
> Seems the UK government is asking people what they think of the proposed
> "open" standards.

Below is an e-mail that I have sent to 
openstandards at digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk with a copy to Francis Maude 
MP at psfrancismaude at cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk  I have also written to 
my local MP.  Just a thought but some of you might want to do something 

Dear Sirs,  I have been very concerned for some time about this issue
and did manage to attend one of the consultation sessions two years
ago.  My concern is currently over the heavy handed - almost bullying -
approach that seems to be employed by large commercial interests.  In
particular Microsoft who seem to be using closed-standards to protect their
interests and limit users to their software.  An example of this is in 
the way in
which ITC in schools has degenerated into teaching of the use of
Microsoft's own products and no other.

If the following is to be believed, then I think we have great cause for
concern about this issue.  Please see:
and also:

Kind regards,        Barry.

Barry Drake is a member of the the Ubuntu Advertising team.

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