No one person, group, team, company, or co-op can meaningfully improve the sorry state of software if governments won't at least mandate the following:

- Interoperable communication
- Standardized data formats
- Self-serve data import/export

...and that's just scratching the surface.

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@victoria this feels like the computering equivalent of building codes, like making sure that a place has exits before it's occupied

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@victoria I'm also reminded of all the pseudo-accreditations we'd give to websites in the earlier days of the net- little icons saying that the site is trusted by so and so, or has valid xhtml, or works with the latest netscape. All significantly less meaningful than a guarantee you aren't entering a roach motel.

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