As a researcher at a university and a free software advocate and developer, I am strongly against Article 3, provision 3(i). This provision would force radio equipment manufacturers, which encompasses mobile as well as personal computers, which nowadays are becoming increasingly versatile, to make it impossible to run any kind of code on them other than the one provided by the manufacturer themselves.
This would severely damage the future development of free software, as many users today opt for running custom software on their personal devices, for personal, as well as practical reasons. Furthermore, a major part of the Internet's infrastructure, along with the top 500 supercomputers in the world, run on free software, such as various GNU/Linux distributions, and it would be impossible for a manufacturer to certify all of them.
Additionally, many manufacturers drop support for older devices after a certain period, making them insecure as well as limited in features, which then forces users to obtain newer ones, which can be both economically wasteful for the user, and unfriendly for the environment. Using custom software, however, can potentially give new life to an older device, sparing the user and the environment from such troubles.
Finally, devices which run code which cannot be altered pose a significant risk to the sovereignty of a nation: as there is nothing preventing a foreign agent from potentially compromising an equipment manufacturer, and because mobile devices (which are, technically speaking, radio equipment) are so prevalent, the possible privacy and security implications of external influence are dire.
Therefore, I would urge you to drop provision 3(i) of Article 3, so as not to shift the responsibility for the software's regulatory compliance from the users to the manufacturers when making changes to the default configuration of a device, and to make sure that users are not forced to install non-free software.
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