Centre for Internet & Society

CIS along with Knowledge Ecology International is co-organising a workshop on Open Standards: A rights-based framework at the Internet Governance Forum,2009 that is being held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Workshop 361: Open Standards: A rights-based framework

Concise description

The workshop will help bring out the issues that are currently being faced and likely to be encountered in the future by governments, consumers and the public, addressing specific areas such as the needs of the disabled community and perspectives of developing countries, and the possible solutions that governments and vendors can offer through
implementation of open standards. The discussion would primarily revolve around issues of governmental procurement of software, open e-governance, portability, and interoperability, which affect everything from communications protocols, documents, multimedia, and databases, to hardware.


Opening remarks: Tim Berners-Lee, World Wide Web Consortium / Web Foundation

Chair: Aslam Raffee, Sun Microsystems, South Africa (TBC)


James Love, Knowledge Ecology International, "Collaborative Strategies to use Procurement to promote Open Standards"

Steve Mutkoski, Microsoft, USA,  portability, "Implementing Portability with Open Standards"

Rishab Ghosh, UNU-MERIT, The Netherlands, "Open standards and Government Procurement: In search of a level playing field"

Dr. Govind, Department of Information Technology, Government of India, "Governments' Role in Promoting Inclusive Societies: Open Standards, Accessibility and Development"

Sunil Abraham, Centre for Internet and Society, India, "Open Standards: Rethinking Citizens' and Consumers' Rights"