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India mandates open IT standards as fears grow over EU policy

Computer Weekly - The government of India has mandated open standards for all its IT systems as fears mount that Europe's equivalent European Interoperability Framework has been hijacked by rights holders.

India's policy orders software patent holders to give up any royalty rights they have over interoperability standards. If rights holders refuse, their standards simply won't be used in government systems.

The sub-continent's radical position sets the bar high for governments like the UK, which was elected on a promise to promote open standards but has - to the dismay of open systems campaigners in its own ranks - seemed reluctant to mandate open interoperability. The government is expected to declare its position on open systems in its new ICT strategy by the end of the year.