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Conflict of Interest Derails UK Government Open Source Consultation 34

Posted by Soulskill
from the starting-from-scratch dept.
judgecorp writes "The UK government's consultation about the use of open source in public sector IT has been sent back to square one, with discussion results scrapped because the facilitator, Andy Hopkirk, is involved with Microsoft. Hopkirk is well regarded, but the open source community feels the debate dismissed RF (royalty free) standards in favor of the FRAND definition, which is more favorable to proprietary vendors."
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Conflict of Interest Derails UK Government Open Source Consultation

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  • FTFA (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bmo (77928) on Friday April 27, 2012 @08:53AM (#39820255)

    "not been paid to specifically write their response to the Open Standards consultation but he is engaged to help them tease out the issues"

    Wow, what a bunch of political weasel wording by Hopkirk. It all depends on how "specific" Hopkirk defines "specifically." That's not just mere conflict of interest. That's conflict of interest and then still lying about it.

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    BMO

  • by gl4ss (559668) on Friday April 27, 2012 @09:07AM (#39820447) Homepage Journal

    and profits in pocket.

    not paid specifically to do that, but paid anyways. if he was going to continue to be paid depending on the results would have been the next question to ask.

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