You can only avoid a sensitive topic for so long.
Policy makers have had little success crafting a way to use their procurement powers to influence the processes and rules used to develop ICT standards. Until now.
Consensus on what constitutes an 'open standard' has always been difficult to achieve. In this article, I review the norms of openness required by traditional SDOs and modern consortia in light of their goals, as well as the traditional and just-adopted definitions of openness that can be found in a variety of national, regional and treaty settings.
When OMB Circular A-119 was created to provide guidance to Federal Agencies, the importance of standards setting consortia was still emerging. Now that A-119 may be amended or supplemented, it's essential that consortia have equal status.
When five of the most important SSOs of the Internet Age decide to redefine 'open standards,' it catches your eye. When the definition isn't really new, it makes you wonder why?
The Internet and the Web have provided everyone with an opportunity to be heard, and an opportunity to hear almost everyone for free. Has so much free access made everyone a loser and no one a winner?
The only thing fictional about what you are about to read is that it hasn't happened yet.
If you've come to think of those who espouse an opposing political view as a bunch of unreconstructed Neanderthals, perhaps you're on to something.