adam beecher wrote:
>>No, Harry's right on target. This is exactly the argument used in
>>> But isn't it a spurious argument now Peter, unless the Gov intends to
> store our data on Microsoft-owned servers? Or am I missing the point
> entirely - perhaps we're talking about the security of our data?
Not so much security, although that's obviously part of it.
More about accessibility: the Peruvian argument was that storing
public data (data gathered by publicly-funded institutions about
public subjects or matters of public interest) should be done using
publicly-accessible software and file formats as a matter of
principle, otherwise there is an unacceptable risk that the data
may become inaccessible (uncontrollable version changes etc) or may
be silently siphoned off by the owners of the software and the file
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