Image via WikipediaArs Technica has a short article on the UN-backed Internet Governance Forum 2009 and its discussion of new rules for the computing world. Unsurprisingly, these proposed rules are quite FOSS-friendly since they are modeled on the early years of computing and the Internet, when RFCs were the norm if you wanted your tech to take off. Take a look:
- Independence of applications
- New applications can be added anytime that’s a core value
- Permissionless innovation
- Open standards
- Accessible and globally inclusive—anyone can use it
- User choice—I can choose what applications I use and where I go to with them
- Ease of use—I can use it in my language, I can use it in a device I’m familiar with
- Freedom of expression
- The ability to change rapidly
- Trustworthy and reliable is one we have to work on; it’s got to be a core value.
It looks to me like Open Source Software is already there. The closed-source world is the one that needs to catch up.