Open Letter to Adobe - Make Flash Player an Open Web Standard for Content Delivery

May 11th 2009

Dear Adobe Inc.,

I'm writing on behalf of the whole planet of Internet users who benefit everyday from open and interoperable Web Standards. Being open and interoperable is what makes our Internet such the powerful information source that it is.

In this day and age we need more than de-facto standards for sharing data, rather we need documented standards that are rigorously engineered, refined, tested, and most of all proven to be standards-worthy and capable of working on any device that is connected with the Internet. An open standard should allow for future development and use by future members of the community.

We are at a crucial turning point in the Information age, what we do now will profoundly affect the future of computing technology, and we need a media delivery engine that is unbiased, freely adaptable, extensible, and open to the sharing of information in an unbiased way.

In the interests of making media delivery available to everyone on the Internet in a standards compliant way, I am asking that you make the Adobe flash player an open standard so that it can remain the king of the delivery of dynamic content on the Web.

The Flash player in its current form threatens the openness of the web and I don't believe Adobe to be the type of company that is interested in abusing the Internet in such a way. Also, there are competitors of the Flash player that threaten to fragment the Internet standards for content delivery even further. Making Flash the Open Web Standard would prevent the fragmentation from the competitors.

Open standards such as those set forth by the W3C are what make our Internet the immensely successful platform that it is, please consider making a contribution to this effort.

Adobe is well known for including many types of platforms(i.e., GNU/Linux, cellphones, etc.) when developing the Flash player, which has obviously been very successful. Please extend your efforts to the highest degree and consider making Adobe Flash Player an open standard and hold true to being a company that is committed to developing the future of computing technology in the most effective way.


The Future of the Internet as Seen through the Flash Player

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