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<title>FSFE submits comments on the European Commission's Digital Single
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<h1>FSFE submits comments on the European Commission's Digital Single
Market strategy</h1>
<p>The European Commission has set a goal to
make the EU's single market fit for the digital age by adopting
<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/digital-single-market/docs/dsm-communication_en.pdf">“A Digital Single Market Strategy”</a> which is aimed at bringing down
regulatory barriers between 28 different national markets.
According to the Commission, a true Digital Single Market (DSM)
can be achieved by taking the following actions:</p>
<p>
<ul>
<li>Digitalising industry to a smart industrial system so
that all industrial sectors should be able to integrate new
technologies.</li>
<li>Developing standards and interoperability in areas such
as the "Internet of Things", cybersecurity, big data, and "cloud".</li>
<li>Launching initiatives on the "free flow of data" and a
European Open Science Cloud as a catalyst for growth,
innovation and digitisation.</li>
<li>Unlocking the benefits of high-quality e-services and
advancing digital skills.</li>
</ul>
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<p>FSFE believes that Free Software is an essential prerequisite
for the DSM and can provide the desired innovative potential that
Europe needs in order to be successfully competitive in the global
ICT market. Free Software will help to achieve the majority of
goals set by the Commission in order to achieve a truly digital
single market. In particular:</p>
<p>
<ol>
<li>By providing means to use, share, study and improve
software <strong>Free Software is essential to the digitisation of
all industry sectors</strong>, because it is easily accessible and
enables shaping technology and digital services according
to the specific needs of all actors across different
industries.</li>
<li>To achieve the widest interoperability between services
that businesses can use and rely on, <strong>Europe needs standards
that are open, minimalistic and implementable with Free
Software</strong>. In order for emerging areas such as "Internet of
Things", "cloud" and big data to be interoperable between
industry sectors, Free Software must be implemented as early
as possible.</li>
<li><strong>Free Software encourages digital thinking</strong> and promotes
research that will provide high-quality e-services and, most
importantly, will enhance advanced digital skills through
education.</li>
</ol>
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<p>FSFE, therefore, ask the Commission to take our recommendations
into consideration when pursuing the goals highlighted in the
Digital Single Market strategy, and remove barriers for the
widest adoption of Free Software in the EU policy. </p>
<p>Please read FSFE's <strong><a href="https://download.fsfe.org/policy/letters/20151029-fsfe-dsm-comments.pdf">full evaluation of the Digital Single Market Strategy</a></strong>.</p>
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