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Open Source Lobbying, tips from the trenches

Arjen Kamphuis

On January 1st, 2002 I tried to use the website of the Dutch national railway ( using Linux. The site refused me access, it was IE-only. This sparked a conversation with members of parliament about the need for open standards. Over a five year period I progressed from talking to opposition-MP's to meeting the economics minister directly and was able to significantly influence national policy despite total lack of funding or any specific mandate.