"As with every other kind of government action, I think the first rule has to be: Do no harm. And I think it is likely that the more government tries to support open source, the more it will end up harming it." So writes Jeff A. Taylor—author of Reason Express, our weekly online news update—in an online debate on whether the government should foster "open source" software standards. The debate, sponsored by The American Prospect, also features Eric S. Raymond, Nathan Newman, and Jonathan Band, and is available at To subscribe to Reason Express, point your browser to