The news that the BBC is proposing to use Microsoft Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) as the basis of their iPlayer project is worrying.
The BBC has a duty to lead in the media world which it has fulfilled for many years, making the UK a leader in many of the media technologies and content throughout the world. This has a direct impact on the UK economy.
This is because the BBC has always used open standards. A direct parallel is the development of GSM mobile phones largely lead by the UK has resulted in a worldwide technology that I work in.
I believe we are at a similar turning point with digital media. If the BBC does not show the leadership demonstrated with its other on-line services we will disenfranchise the UK citizen and damage the position of the UK in the world.