Google, Meta Platforms, and Qualcomm have joined forces alongside seven other tech entities in a collaborative effort to advocate for open digital ecosystems, particularly in response to forthcoming EU tech regulations. This collective, known as the Coalition for Open Digital Ecosystems (CODE), aims to champion the advancement of open platforms and systems to catalyze growth and innovation within Europe.
Their focus entails collaborating with academia, policymakers, and corporations to drive digital openness. The group intends to facilitate this openness within Europe by implementing the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and forthcoming regulatory frameworks.
The DMA mandates that tech gatekeepers—major players controlling platform access—must permit third-party interoperability with their services. Additionally, these gatekeepers must enable their business users to promote their offerings and form contracts with customers outside the confines of the gatekeeper’s platform.
Stan Larroque, the founder of Lynx, highlighted the significance of openness in fostering innovation and enhancing competitiveness in Europe. He emphasized, “We believe that openness stands as the pivotal element after numerous discussions on what constitutes ‘good’ in European digital ecosystems.”
This coalition includes diverse members such as Honor, a Chinese smart devices manufacturer; Lenovo from China; Lynx, a French augmented reality startup; Motorola, a US telecoms equipment maker; Nothing, an electronics manufacturer from the UK; Opera, a Norwegian tech firm; and Wire, a German messaging services provider.