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Google, Meta, And Qualcomm Combine To Advocate For Open Digital Ecosystems

Google, Meta, And Qualcomm Combine To Advocate For Open Digital Ecosystems
In reaction to new EU tech regulations, Alphabet's Google, Meta Platforms, Qualcomm, and seven other major companies joined forces on Wednesday to advocate for open digital ecosystems. This move may also blunt the edge of potential future laws.
The group, which goes by the name Coalition for Open Digital Ecosystems (CODE), declared that it aims to encourage more open platforms and systems in order to stimulate innovation and growth in Europe.
In order to promote digital openness, the group claimed it will collaborate with scholars, legislators, and businesses "through the implementation of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and in future EU regulatory framework developments" in Europe.
According to the DMA, gatekeepers—tech behemoths that manage user access to their platforms—must permit third parties to integrate with their services and for their business users to advertise their offerings and enter into agreements with clients outside of the gatekeeper's platform.
"We have had a number of conversations in the past few months about what 'good' looks like when it comes to digital ecosystems in Europe, what fosters innovation, and what will positively impact competitiveness. We think openness is the crucial element," Lynx founder Stan Larroque said in a statement.
The consortium also includes the Norwegian tech business Opera, the French augmented reality start-up Lynx, the Chinese smart device maker Honour, the Chinese Lenovo, the American telecom equipment manufacturer Motorola, the British electronics manufacturer Nothing, and the German messaging services provider Wire.
According to the Coalition, among other things, it seeks to facilitate seamless communication and interoperable technologies while also opening up digital ecosystems through cross-industry collaboration.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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