Social and Environmental Impact of Technological Lock-in: Case of OOXML in India
Present paper attempts to examine social and environmental impact of adoption of OOXML in India. OOXML is a proposed open standard format for documents by the Microsoft. Background for the paper is grounded on the analysis, whether the OOXML format is a case of 'technological lock-in'. Analysis infer that the OOXML leans towards lock-in, and adoption may result in the disadvantages of technological lock-in, increased cost to access information technology, dependency on single vendor and restricted users' choices. This will hamper the ongoing ICT developmental efforts of the Indian government in building the information society. Also, required up-gradation process to adopt OOXML might result in increased e-waste in India.
Keywords: Open Document Format, ODF and OOXML, Social and Environmental Impact, India
Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
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