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Glyn Moody's look at all levels of the enterprise open source stack. The blog will look at the organisations that are embracing open source, old and new alike (start-ups welcome), and the communities of users and developers that have formed around them (or not, as the case may be).

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My last two updates concentrated on ISDS, and on the European Commission's consultation, such as it was. Flawed though it may have been, it did at least give people a rare - no, unique - opportunity to express their views...

Tags: academics, consultation, david martin, european commission, isds, jean-claude juncker, karel de gucht, nhs, tafta, trade unions, ttip

In Praise of Open Postcodes

As we now know, the privatisation of the Post Office was a financial fiasco that cost the UK public the better part of a billion pounds. But one other disastrous aspect of the sale that is usually overlooked is the...

Tags: eircode, eire, fiasco, ireland, open geolocation, open postcodes, open source, postcodes

Why is Cabinet Office Holding Back Microsoft's ODF Emails?

Back in May, I wrote about my less-than-happy experience in putting in a Freedom of Information request to the UK Cabinet Office on the subject of ODF formats: I am writing in connection with Francis Maude's speech on 29 January...

Tags: cabinet office, foi, freedom of information, gchq, microsoft, odf

Urgent: Please Write to MPs Today to Stop the DRIP

As you have probably heard, the UK government is using the most underhand of methods to pass a deeply undemocratic and illiberal law that would extend surveillance massively in this country, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (DRIP). Here's...

Tags: data retention, drip, eucj, fear, liberty, parliament, ripa, surveillance, terrorism, uk

EU's Anti-Open Source Approach to Procurement

In recent posts, I've looked at the increasing use of open source software by governments in countries as diverse as China, Russia, India and Germany. Here I want to contrast those moves with the continuing failure of the European Commission...

Tags: captivity, european commission, excel, free software, fsfe, lock-in, microsoft, ooxml, open source, open standards, procurement, windows


The most important news of the last few days is undoubtedly that the European Commission's consultation on ISDS in TTIP has been extended by a week until 13 July - for full details on how to reply, see previous update....

Tags: consultation, eci, energy, european commission, finance, fracking, greens, isds, tafta, ttip, water

Study: Open Data Produces Twice the Growth of TTIP

Open data has been discussed here on Open Enterprise for years, and it's probably true to say that it has entered the mainstream, at least as far as the readership of Computerworld UK is concerned. Nonetheless, it's always good to...

Tags: australia, consultation, economics, growth, harmonisation, isds, omidyar, open data, regulation, tafta, ttip

TTIP Update XXXI - ISDS Consultation [later deadline]

In my last update, I focussed once more on the Investor-State Dispute Settlement element of TTIP, this time in the light of the European Commission's consultation on the subject, which closes this week, on 6 July [Update: now extended to...

Tags: acta, cepr, consultation, edri, european commission, growth, isds, mfn, syllogism, tafta, transparency, ttip

US Limits Software Patents - As EU Boosts Them

I've written a number of times about the curse of the "as such" clause in Article 52 of the European Patent Convention, which has allowed software patents to creep in to Europe by the backdoor. In the US, which has...

Tags: april, eu, fsf, software patents, unified patent court, unitary patent, us


As well as all the varied developments I discussed in the previous TTIP update, plenty has been happening recently in the hotly-contested area of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has published another...

Tags: australia, bulgaria, croatia, czech republic, estonia, eu, european commission, fdi, isds, latvia, lithuania, philip morris, poland, romania, slovakia, tuc, unctad, uruguary, us