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Google, Meta, Qualcomm among Founders of European pro-Openness Initiative, CODE

Tech giants like Google, Meta & Qualcomm team up in "CODE" coalition to push for open digital platforms in Europe.


Alphabet/Google, Meta Platforms, and Qualcomm have formed the Coalition for Open Digital Ecosystems (CODE), a group advocating for the promotion of open digital platforms. The initiative aims to respond to the European Union's Digital Markets Act (DMA), intended to regulate the activities of major considered gatekeepers of digital platforms. CODE's formation comes alongside other key industry players such as Honor, Lenovo, augmented reality startup Lynx, Motorola, electronics maker Nothing, Norwegian browser company Opera, and messaging service provider Wire.

Striving for Interoperability and Connectivity

CODE focuses on fostering a business environment conducive to growth and innovation through open digital ecosystems. The coalition has announced their commitment to engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders, including academics, policy makers, and other companies, to further digital openness and interoperability. Their efforts correspond to the requirements set forth by the DMA, which necessitates that these dominant ‘gatekeeper' platforms permit third-party services to integrate with their own, and allow businesses to market and conclude deals with customers external to the core platform.

Stan Larroque of Lynx, one of the coalition's members, has reflected on the key characteristics that define productive digital ecosystems within Europe, pinpointing openness as a critical factor to propel innovation and competitive edge. The concerted effort by an assembly of tech companies seeks to influence not only the application of the DMA but also the shape of future EU regulatory frameworks.

Goals and Benefits of Open Systems

The Coalition's objective is to create more accessible digital ecosystems through collaboration across different industry sectors. By doing so, they aim to ensure seamless connectivity, interoperable systems, and ultimately a more integrated digital market in Europe. The advocacy by this group is expected to encourage a more equitable digital landscape, one that accommodates a diversity of players and reduces the influence of a few dominant companies, thereby promising to help smaller and newer businesses and bolster consumer choice.

In conclusion, the Coalition for Open Digital Ecosystems has emerged as a new voice in the , representing significant players' collective interests and perspectives regarding the future of Europe's digital economy. They intend to press for digital systems that are open and interoperable, setting the stage for a more competitive and innovative market landscape.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
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