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Quote of the day: Mass. is the 'canary in a coal mine'

The Commonwealth's closely-watched decision about electronic document standards will affect the nation, even the globe, a professor says.

In coverage about a forum Wednesday on Massachusetts' electronic document standards and its interest in multiple formats, one participant said the state's decision will have far reaching effects.

"This is a hugely important topic and clearly one that is attracting international attention," said John Paltry, professor of law and executive director at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. "Massachusetts is the canary in a coal mine. If the Commonwealth gets it right, others will follow. It will be good for economy of the Commonwealth but also good for democracy." Click here for full story.