'Value of Open' by Jonathan Rosenberg, Google

Jonathan Rosenberg, SVP, Google, sent an email about the value of openness on the web. He recommends Googlers to use open standards, to open source software, to make it easy to export data from Google's services and to fight for an open Internet. ‘Open systems are competitive and far more dynamic. In an open system, […]

Jonathan Rosenberg, SVP, Google, sent an email about the value of openness on the web. He recommends Googlers to use open standards, to open source software, to make it easy to export data from Google's services and to fight for an open Internet. ‘Open systems are competitive and far more dynamic. In an open system, a competitive advantage doesn't derive from locking in customers, but rather from understanding the fast-moving system better than anyone else and using that knowledge to generate better, more innovative products. […]We use tens of millions of lines of open source code to run our products. We also give back: we are the largest open source contributor in the world, contributing over 800 projects that total over 20 million lines of code to open source, with four projects (Chrome, Android, Chrome OS, and Google Web Toolkit) of over a million lines of code each. [...]’

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