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New Threat to Openness in the EU: Trade Secrets Directive

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - This blog has been charting the inexorable rise not just of open source, but of openness in general, encompassing open content, open data, open access, open science and open innovation. That's an indication of a broad recognition that openness is simply a better way of doing things, and results in greater benefits for a broader range of society. Against that background, plans for an EU Directive on protecting "trade secrets" [.pdf] are worrying.

The explanatory memorandum of the draft proposal begins by invoking today's new openness:

The drastically reduced transaction costs in the digital economy have led to new forms of cooperation with open science and open innovation, often leading to new business models for using co-created knowledge.

But it then goes on: