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Controversy surrounding national policy on open standards for egovernance in India

A draft policy on open standards for governance, more than a year in the making is about to be dramatically altered due to pressure from proprietary software based technology firms.

Access to Knowledge: Access to Information and Knowledge – Advancing Human Rights and Democracy

by Jeremy Malcolm


Access to information and knowledge is a governance domain involving a broad range of stakeholders at different levels.  As will be apparent from the thematic reports earlier in this volume, this results from the diversity of the issues it subsumes, including intellectual property rights, access to public information, open standards, broader communications rights such as freedom of expression, and issues around ownership of and participation in public media.