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Parliament pushes open standards to increase public engagement

Computer Weekly - Parliament has adopted a policy to use open technology standards to increase public participation in political debate.

The Parliamentary Information Communication and Technology office (Pict) policy is part of proposed plan to distribute broadcasts of parliamentary debates in a form that people can embed in their own websites, in a similar manner to the way YouTube allows video content to be displayed on blogs and other sites.

Pict recommended ditching the proprietary Flash and Windows Media standards produced by Adobe and Microsoft, which it already uses to broadcast parliamentary proceedings, because they are not available to the widest possible audience of computer users.