Digital Competitiveness

The EU leads the US on broadband and aims to become the leader in Digital Competitiveness. With these notions in mind, Commissioner Vivian Reding launches a consultation on the future EU policy in the IT domain, according to yesterday's EU press release. She asks: How can the EU increase its weight in the international arena of the worldwide web and the global information society?

While I understand the need to consult, the answer is that you could take the lead by investing in open standards policies, adoption, and best practice. Oh, and it would help if you motivate innovators to kick-start new ventures, and being good-hearted--pick up the tab for failed entrepreneurs so they still qualify for unemployment benefits if so happens. Creating a European software industry based on open standards is a good start. What if all things in life were that simple?

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