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e-Governance in public sector ICT procurement: what is shaping practice in Sweden?

ePractice - Is it reasonable to require any person or organisation to purchase specific software in order to be able to communicate with a governmental organisation? This question is at the heart of an ongoing debate in many countries within the EU,because of its implications for accessibility, transparency,
democracy, and fairness in procurement and markets.

In this paper we consider the inability of many Swedish governmental organisations to communicate in open formats, and report on an investigation into policy formulation which has led to this situation in one sector – local government.