Just for the hell of it, I will offer a guess (based on no inside information) ... the next government to consider making open standards and the OpenDocument Format official policy will be in ...
Maybe I am just overly influenced by Italy's victory in the World Cup, but I see a critical mass of support for open technologies slowly building in Italy over the past five years. A few notable facts:
1. 3 of the ODF Alliance's newest members since Google joined were from Italy.
2. Firefox share of the browser market in Italy is now over 20%, one of the highest in the world.
3. The Province of Genoa has made open source software a part of its ICT strategy.
4. Italy's Minister for Innovation and Technologies issued a ministerial order in October 2003 inviting public sector bodies to consider open source alternatives.
4. As far back as 2001, the Italian Government identified open source as a key enabler for building an Information Society in Italy.
OK, I am probably wrong about Italy.
But this I know: there will be a next government that endorses the use of ODF. I don't know where, but there will be another. And it will be really interesting if it happens in a region other than Europe. South Korea? Malaysia?
What do you think?