Google, Meta and Qualcomm Team Up for Open Digital Ecosystems

CIOTechOutlook Team | Thursday, 14 December 2023, 02:58 IST

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In reaction to new EU tech regulations, Alphabet's Google, Meta Platforms, Qualcomm, and seven other major companies joined together to advocate for open digital ecosystems—a move that may also blunt the edge of any future laws.
 
Calling itself the Coalition for Open Digital Ecosystems (CODE), the group said it wants to promote more open platforms and systems to boost growth and innovation in Europe, as per reuters. 
 
The group announced that it will collaborate with researchers, decision-makers, and businesses on digital transparency and how it might be accomplished in Europe "through the implementation of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and in future EU regulatory framework developments". 
 
As per 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 Norwegian tech business Opera, German messaging services provider Wire, French augmented reality start-up Lynx, US telecom equipment manufacturer Motorola, UK electronics manufacturer Nothing, and Chinese smart device maker Honor.
 
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.

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