Technical standards have historically been the province of commercial interests. What response is appropriate when society demands a seat at the standard setting table?
In 2001 the United Nations commissioned the "World Summit on the Information Society", (WSIS) a multi-million dollar, multi-year global initiative to bring the benefits of the Internet Age to all of the peoples of the world. Now the WSIS has claimed the right for global government to "govern" the Internet. What happens next?
ISO was founded in 1926 to create technical standards. Today, it has over 2700 technical committees and working groups to do just that - and one new working group that has just been formed to craft guidelines for social responsibility.
The 4th of July provided an appropriate opportunity for Americans to ask an intriguing question: Must standards evolve in order to remain unchanged?