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Wire co-founds CODE-initiative to unleash innovation through open standards

Wire joins a coalition of global industry leaders to push for open standards and innovation in technology.

Hauke Gierow
Hauke Gierow

Dec 15, 2023

Wire, the secure messaging platform from Berlin, joins industry heavyweights like Google, Meta and Qualcomm in a new initiative aimed at unleashing innovation through open digital ecosystems. Named ‘Coalition for Open Digital Ecosystems’ (CODE), the group will work with actors from academia, policymakers and other companies with an initial focus on the implementation of the EUs ‘Digital Markets Acts’ (DMA). 

The Digital Markets Act is a key piece of the current EU Commissions legislative agenda and aims to create a level playing field for innovation in the digital ecosystem. It foresees different requirements for gatekeepers to open their platforms to innovative startups to boost innovation. As part of the Digital Markets Act, starting in 2024, some big players in the messaging industry need to open their encrypted messengers and allow communication across nowadays isolated platforms. 

The newly founded initiative wants to support the process of implementing the DMA and make sure that customers and citizens alike are empowered through the use of technology. 

Wire supports open standards and open source

Wire embraces open standard as a way to create compatibility between solutions and to gain trust through the use of open source software. The company has an extensive history of collaborating with stakeholders from academia and in international fora such as the Internet Engineering Taskforce (IETF). Wire has been an initiator and a key-contributor to Messaging Layer Security (MLS), a new open standard for real-time, end-to-end encrypted messaging and calling. 

The full list of members is: Alphabet (Google), Honor, Lenovo, Lynx, Meta, Motorola, Nothing, Opera, Qualcomm and Wire.

Find more information on the initiatives' website.

Hauke Gierow

Hauke is the VP for Communication, Brand and Government Relations at Wire. Before joining Wire he held several positions in the Cybersecurity industry and worked as a journalist with focus on IT-security at Golem.de, Zeit.de and for Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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