Plan by 13 Nations Urges Open Technology Standards
The New York Times (registration required) has an article detailing an international call for open standards similar to the recent proposal in Massachusetts:
"The 33-page report is a road map for creating national policies on open technology standards, and comes at a time when several countries - and some state governments - are pursuing plans to reduce their dependence on proprietary software makers, notably Microsoft, by using more free, open-source software."
International Herald Tribune: http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/09/08/business/standards.php
The Inquirer: http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=26093