Dennis Byron made our day as he took notice of the Digistan project and its Hague Declaration for open digital standards. The Digital Standards Organization (short:Digistan) is mostly set up to carry out open standards projects like Domino in cooperation with regional chapters.
Unbelievably it calls itself Digistan, apparently to identify with the fascist terrorists based in countries and regions using the Farsi-based suffix stan. … If it wasn’t for the implied association with terrorism it would be funny.
So, Farsi is the language of Persia, today called Iran. The suffix "stan" is an ancient Indo-European root word meaning place. There are many words in English that use the 'sta' root, many nations in the world that end with "stan" e.g. Kazakhstan. No educated person associates the suffix "stan" with terrorism or fascism. So, what's next… a nuclear assault on The Hague by enraged legacy bloggers?
Human rights case
Another anti-Microsoft (MSFT) front group has emerged in favor of free and open standards, hyping what it calls the Hague Declaration and making some absurd connection to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Read it yourself and please sign. You may also want to contribute a translation, for instance to Farsi.
Digistan alleged sponsors that 'waste your money'
The vast left-wing conspiracy of George Soros works around the edges of their mostly web-site-only organizations.
Digistan was launched thanks to a grant from the Information Program of Open Society Institute (the George Soros connection) and matching grants from OpenForum Europe and the European Software Market Association. The latter does not list its sponsors but the former is the front group behind other front groups like NOOOXML and Document Freedom Day (that’s right it’s all the same bizarre cast of characters back again to waste your money).