The 4th of July provided an appropriate opportunity for Americans to ask an intriguing question: Must standards evolve in order to remain unchanged?
As we become more reliant on the Web to obtain information, we become more limited by what someone decides to put – and keep – there. In 2020, will you be able to find your past?
What do you get when you file a pro bono “friend of the court” brief in favor of honesty in standard setting? Why abuse, of course, from the loonies at the message boards. The Web allows everyone to share knowledge — as well as prejudice, profanity and conspiracy theories.
Standards take many forms. One is the verbal standard, often providing a historical reference point. Many people are arguing today over whether Iraq is “another Vietnam”. What exactly does “another Vietnam” mean, and does the Iraq situation meet that standard?
There once was a time when running a standard setting organization was a pretty sedate and predictable way to make a living. Now you need to put out press releases to deny rumors that combustible RFID tags are contaminating the money supply.
“MyDoom”, “Sircam”, “Nimda” – who makes these names up? And why isn’t there a naming convention to do it faster?
If you’re a big seller to Wal-Mart or the Defense Department, its time to add RFID technology to your IT budget. But which technology will predominate? In standards lie economic security.
Is there a way to make economic self-interest drive even monopolists to play nice?
In the last ten years, the IT world has made major strides moving from proprietary systems to open standards. But has this change to the competitive landscape actually reduced the ability of coalitions of companies to manipulate commercial outcomes?
The U.S. patent system has been taking heavy fire for years from critics who contend that it is “irretrievably broken.” This year, those critics gained a new supporter: President Obama — at least when it comes to patents wielded by “non-practicing entities.”