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eXtensible Name Service (XNS) Public Trust Organization (XNSORG)
Governed the eXtensible Name Service (XNS) protocol

100VG-Anylan Forum
Promoted the 100VG-AnyLan, IEEE 802.12 standard

3G Americas
Sought to integrate the five major wireless technologies and support their 3G migration *Now 4G Americas (North America/South America)

Active Archive Alliance
Promotes active archives for simplified online access to all archived data

Advanced Media Workflow Association, Inc. (AMWA)
Develops and promotes File Interchange Formats, including the Advanced Authoring Format (AAF)

Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)
Promotes anti-phishing activities and compiles industry data

Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC)
Seeks to control spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies

Apache XML Project
Developed and promoted freely available XML support on a variety of platforms *Project retired in 2012

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line Forum (DSL Forum)
Promoted DSL broadband adoption *Now Broadband Forum

Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) Forum
Promoted the Asynchronous Transfer Mode and other broadband technologies *Now Broadband Forum

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Broadband Forum
Develops and promotes broadband technology for telecommunications, computing, networking and service

Broadband Services Forum
Focused on the business of broadband *Became Broadband Forum

Business Process Management Initiative (BPMI)
Developed standards to promote BPM on the network and internet

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Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA)
Advocacy group supporting the wireless industry

Cloud Printing Alliance
Promotes the development of mobile printing

Collaborative Health Consortium (CHC)
Promotes the development and deployment of health information technology (HIT) platforms

Commerce XML Resource (cXML)
Promotes communication among procurement applications, e-commerce hubs and suppliers

Develops and promotes new eCommerce technologies and business practices

Computer Graphics Metafile Open Consortium (CGM Open)
Develops and promotes interoperable standards for the exchange of graphical information

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
Develops and promotes standards in computing and communications industries

Council of Registrars (CORE)
Maintains a shared registration system (SRS) for Internet domain names

Developed standards for customer information exchange across enterprise applications

Customized Learning Experience Online Lab (CLEO)
Focused on e-learning interoperability specifications

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DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML)
Developed, maintained, and promoted the use of the DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML)

DASH Promoters Group
Develops and promotes the adoption of the MPEG-DASH standard in the market

Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)
Develops and promotes the DDI specification and associated tools, education, and outreach programs

Digital Analytics Association (DAA)
Promotes the education, professional development, and community around digital analytics

DiSo Project
Promotes web standards related to social network interconnectivty

Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. (DMTF)
Develops, maintains, and promotes standards for systems management in enterprise IT environments

Develops and promotes the improvement of e-mail authentication practices of senders and allows receivers to reject unauthenticated messages

DSL Forum (DSLF)
Promoted the development of broadband DSL *Now the Broadband Forum

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)
Develops and promotes interoperable online metadata standards

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EAN.UCC System
Developed supply chain standards and numbering systems *Now GS1

EHR / HIE Interoperability Workgroup
Develops and promotes the adoption of EHR and HIE services

Electronic Business XML Initiative (ebXML)
Promotes and develops standards for an open XML-based infrastructure for business purposes

Electronic Commerce Promotion Council of Japan (ECOM)
Developed and maintained standards for electronic commerce for use in B2B and B2C arenas (Japan)

Electronic Messaging Association (EMA)
Developed and promoted standards for secure electronic messaging

Ethernet Alliance
Promotes the advancement of technology and products based on both existing and emerging IEEE 802 Ethernet standards

Ethernet User Alliance
Promoted the Ethernet Standard

European Electronic Messaging Association (EEMA)
Promotes electronic commerce and business communications

Extend The Internet Alliance (ETI)
Developed networking and remote management solutions for intelligent devices

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Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)
Promotes safety and security through technology, education and public policy

Fast IDentity Online Alliance (FIDO)
Develops and promotes specifications that supplant reliance on passwords to securely authenticate users of online services

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G-3 PLC Alliance
Develops and promotes the implementation of G3-PLC in smart grid applications

GateD Consortium
Develops and promotes network routing protocol deployment

Global Infrastructure Alliance for Internet Safety (GIAIS)
Provided technology and communications support to the service provider industry

Global Mobile Commerce Forum (GMCF)
Promoted the development of mobile commerce services

Promotes the significant reduction of carbon footprint of ICT devices, platforms and networks

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High Definition Power Line Communication (HD-PLC)
Develops and promotes technology which uses existing electric power lines for data transmission

High Tech Broadband Coalition, The (HTBC)
Promoted the development of broadband technology

HomeRF Working Group (HRFWG)
Maintained a wireless network standard optimized for homes and small businesses

Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG)
Develops and promotes partnership among hoteliers and technology providers

Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV)
Develops and promotes standards for broadcast and broadband delivery through connected TVs and set-top boxes (Europe)

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Information and Communications Technology Standards Advisory Council of Canada (ISACC)
Develops and promotes strategies for domestic and international standards development, implementation, and promotion for Canadian users, industry, and government (Canada)

Infranet Initiative
Promoted and developed infranet technologies

Integration Consortium
Promoted and established guidelines for integration business practices

International DOI Foundation (IDF)
Develops and promotes registration and use of persistent interoperable identifiers for use on digital networks

International OpenGen Alliance (OGA)
Develops genealogy standards for data frameworks, exchange and sharing

International Security Trust & Privacy Alliance (ISTPA)
Promoted protection of personal information

International Telework Association and Council (ITAC)
Promotes the benefits and expansion of working remotely

Internet 2
Develops Internet network applications and technologies

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
Develops and promotes IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management, and root server system management functions

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Promotes and facilitates improvements in Internet architecture

Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
Develops and promotes the sustainability, security, stability and development of the Internet

Internet Industry Association (IIA)
Promotes the Internet industry (Australia)

Internet Mail Consortium (IMC)
Managed and promoted email on the Internet *Ceased operations

Internet Media Device Alliance (IMDA)
Develops and promotes a set of open, interoperable standards and device profiles in internet-connected media devices

Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)
Promotes research about Internet protocols, applications, architecture and technology

Internet Security Alliance (ISAlliance)
Develops and promotes cyber security

Internet Society, The (ISOC)
Promotes and supports Internet infrastructure and Internet-related activities

Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA)
Developed and promoted specifications to enable streaming media over the Internet *Merged with MPEGIF in 2010, which in turn merged with the Open IPTV Forum in 2012.

Internet System Consortium (ISC)
Develops and promotes Open Source reference implementations of core Internet protocols

IPv6 Forum, The
Promotes the IPv6 protocol

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Jericho Forum
Promotes the secure flow of business data over the Internet

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Kantara Initiative
Develops and promotes secure, identity-based, online interactions while preventing misuse of personal information

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Liberty Alliance Project
Developed and maintained single sign-on identities *Transferred operations and materials to Kantara Initiative in 2009

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MashSSL Alliance
Promotes open standard for trust establishment between web applications

Promotes the software and Internet industry in Massachusetts

Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG)
Promotes ongoing and emerging messaging abuse issues in the messaging industry

Develops and promotes open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards

Mobile Data Association (MDA)
Promotes all mobile data centric businesses, vendors and users

Mobile Payment Forum (MPF)
Developed standards for mobile commerce using payment card accounts

Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organizations (MISMO)
Develops, promotes and maintains electronic commerce standards for the mortgage industry
Develops and promotes the open source Mozilla Browser Project

Multimedia Mobile Access Communications Systems Promotion Council (MMAC-PC)
Developed high-speed wireless multimedia

Develops requirements for Multimedia-Grade networks

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Develops and promotes a simple way to publish and interact with protected data

Develops and maintains an open protocol for sharing any URL with any service on the web

Online Privacy Alliance (OPA)
Promotes self-regulatory initiatives for individuals' privacy online and in electronic commerce

Online Trust Alliance (OTA)
Promotes practices and technologies to enhance consumer trust in e-commerce, governmental and online financial services

Open Buying on the Internet Consortium (OBI)
Developed technical and business standards enabling purchasing via the Internet

Open Card Consortium (OCC)
Created the OpenCard Framework

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Develops geo information systems standards

Open Web Foundation
Develops and promotes open, non-proprietary specifications for web technologies

Develops a framework that simplifies all aspects of scientific data networking

OpenID Foundation (OIDF)
Promotes the use of OpenID technology

OpenPGP Alliance
Develops and promotes the OpenPGP email encryption standard for encrypting email using public key cryptography

OpenRTB Consortium
Develops and promotes open industry standards for the RTB marketplace

OpenRTB Mobile Committee
Promotes communication between mobile ad inventory buyers and sellers

OSGi Alliance
Develops specifications for modular assembly of software built with Java technology

OStatus is an open standard for distributed status updates

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Promoted payment technology

PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA)
Promotes the growth and improvement of PC gaming

Personalization Consortium, Inc. (PCI)
Promoted best practices relating to the use of Personal Information on the Internet

Plugin Alliance
Develops and promotes a user friendly audio plugin Standard that supports all major plugin formats

PSLX Consortium
Develops APS (Advanced Planning and Scheduling) standards for collaborative manufacturing

Public-Key Infrastructure (PKI) Forum
Promoted public key infrastructure (PKI) and PKI-based products and services

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Promoted a common foundation for secure m-commerce *Joined the Liberty Alliance in 2003

RapidIO Trade Association
Develops and promotes the RapidIO Interconnect Architecture for high-performance packet-switched, interconnect technology

Remote Direct Memory Access Consortium (RDMA)
Develops specifications for remote direct memory access over TCP/IP

Develops and promotes open e-business process standards and services for supply chain partners

Russian Association for Networks and Services (RANS)
Promotes and coordinates the efforts of industry constituents in proposing technical and legal frameworks for developing ICT infrastructure and providing confidence & security in the use of ICT (Russia)

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Salmon Protocol
A message exchange protocol to decentralize commentary focused on public content

Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed (STORK)
Developed and promoted a European eID Interoperability Platform that will allow citizens to establish new e-relations across borders (Europe)

Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising
Promotes understanding of and greater control over ads that are customized based on online behavior

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Forum
Promotes the adoption of products and services based on the Session Initiation Protocol

A project that develops and promotes resources to counter viruses, spyware, and other badware

Strategic Sourcing Advisory Council (SSAC)
Promoted information regarding strategic sourcing standards, certification and knowledge-sharing

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Telework Consortium
Promoted ultra-bandwidth telework for public and private sectors

The 4Ever Project
Promotes and engages in research regarding enhanced television viewing experience through HEVC and Ultra High Definition TV (France)

The Open IPTV Forum
Develops standards for end-end IPTV services

Trusted Electronics Communications Forum (TECF)
Developed and promoted standards for technology, best practices, and prosecution against phishers *Inactive since 2004

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VoiceXML Forum
Promotes the Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML)

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Web Application Security Consortium (WASC)
Developed and promoted security standards for the World Wide Web

Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG)
Develops HTML application specifications

Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I)
Promoted Web services interoperability across platforms, operating systems and programming languages *Merged with OASIS

Web Standards Project (WaSP)
Promoted core web standards

Web3D Consortium
Fosters and promotes three-dimensional technologies on the Internet

Wi-Fi Alliance
Promotes and certifies wireless products

Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) Forum
Developed standards for wireless information and telephone services on digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals *Consolidated into Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)

Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA)
Develops and promotes seamless wireless broadband services

Wireless Innovation Alliance (WIA)
Promotes efficiency and innovation in the use of U.S. wireless spectrum resources (U.S.)

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Develops common protocols to enable the evolution and interoperability of the Web

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X Consortium
Developed the Unix X Window System and related standards (XDI)
Develops the XRI Data Interchange (XDI)

XMPP Standards Foundation
Develops open protocols for presence, instant messaging, and real-time communication and collaboration on top of the IETF's Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP)

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