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  4. <title>FSFE - United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) - Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards (DCOS)</title>
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  8. <h2>Internet Governance Forum (IGF)</h2>
  9. <h1>Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards (DCOS)</h1>
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  11. <p>The <a href="">DCOS</a> was the very first
  12. Dynamic Coalition announced at the <a
  13. href="">Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in
  14. Athens, Greece</a>. The initial announcement is <a
  15. href="">online
  16. here</a>. The first discussions took place in Athens during the <a
  17. href="">IGF
  18. 2006 workshop on Open Standards</a>. FSFE is one of the initial
  19. partners of the DCOS, and FSFE president <a href="/about/greve/">Georg
  20. Greve</a> is part of the DCOS interim steering committee.</p>
  21. <p>It is important to understand that the coalition is still forming,
  22. including partners from governments, industry and non-governmental
  23. organisations. The following information was distributed during the
  24. IGF workshop in Athens in 2006, and provides a first idea of the
  25. Dynamic Coalition:</p>
  26. <ul><pre>
  27. IGF Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards
  28. IGF 2006, Athens, Greece
  29. What:
  30. The IGF Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards (IGF DCOS) will frame and
  31. define the most urgent problems related to open technology standards
  32. and application interoperability and suggest straightforward, workable
  33. solutions that can be implemented by all stakeholders. In support of
  34. Paragraph 90j of the Tunis Agenda, which reaffirms the commitment of
  35. all WSIS stakeholders to ``developing and implementing e-government
  36. applications based on open standards in order to enhance the growth
  37. and interoperability of e-government systems, at all levels,
  38. furthering access to government information .... thereby furthering
  39. access to government information and services and contributing to
  40. building ICT networks and developing services that are available
  41. anywhere and anytime, to anyone and on any device,'' IGF DCOS will
  42. focus on best practices in government policy and procurement practices
  43. for public documents and services.
  44. IGF DCOS will pay particular attention to the needs of developing
  45. economies, including capacity building, technology transfer, access
  46. and other requirements.
  47. The coalition will host an open mailing list and hold several meetings
  48. (location and dates to be determined) before presenting its progress
  49. at the 2007 IGF in Rio de Janeiro.
  50. Who:
  51. The IGF DCOS interim steering committee is tasked with some
  52. organizational details, but substantive work will be done by the IGF
  53. DCOS membership. The interim steering committee of the IGF DCOS
  54. includes representatives from key stakeholder groups.
  55. Government Brazil, Rogerio Santanna
  56. Standards Organization World Wide Web Consortium, Daniel Dardailler
  57. Industry Sun Microsystems, Susy Struble ;
  58. Free Software Foundation Europe, Georg Greve
  59. Civil Society Consumer Project on Technology, Jamie Love ;
  60. IP Justice, Robin Gross
  61. Academia Yale Information Society Project, Laura DeNardis;
  62. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Professor Magdy Nagi
  63. Other supporters and participants include the Library of Alexandria,
  64. the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the South Centre Innovation,
  65. Access to Knowledge and Intellectual Property Programme (IAIPP).
  66. Membership in the IGF DCOS is open. For more information and to join,
  67. please visit the <a href="">Consumer Project for Technology web site</a>.
  68. The IGF DCOS mailing list is open. For details and to sign up, visit
  69. <a href=""></a>
  70. How:
  71. The IGF DCOS work will be based on the core principles of the Internet
  72. itself and best practices established by the Internet's leading
  73. standards organizations, the IETF and W3C: openness, rough consensus,
  74. and when appropriate, ``running code,'' meaning existing best
  75. practices.
  76. Over the next few weeks, the interim steering committee will outline
  77. the lightweight processes by which the coalition's work will be done
  78. as well as participant responsibilities. As the IGF DCOS believes in
  79. transparency and knowledge sharing, it will publish its work in an
  80. open standard format and offer services based on open technology
  81. standards. Contributions to the IGF DCOS and discussions within the
  82. IGF DCOS are not confidential. We expect the steering committee will
  83. have some quality control over the group's content and process, but
  84. divergent viewpoints on topics of study are welcomed. Should the IGF
  85. DCOS not be able to reach a rough consensus, our goal will be to
  86. provide clarity around the argument, the divergence and its origins
  87. (who has different views and why) so that more informed decisions can
  88. be made.
  89. </pre></ul>
  90. <h3>Additional Information</h3>
  91. <ul>
  92. <li>The DCOS web page:<br />
  93. <a href=""></a></li>
  94. <li>The DCOS is listed as one of the Dynamic Coalitions on the official IGF web page:<br />
  95. <a href=""></a></li>
  96. <li>To join the DCOS, please subscribe to the mailing list at<br />
  97. <a href=""></a></li>
  98. <li>Read FSFE's substantial contribution to the 2006 IGF:<br />
  99. <a href="/activities/policy/igf/sovsoft.html">Sovereign Software: Open Standards, Free Software, and the Internet</a></li>
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