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

25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium
Promotes the standardization and improvement of the interfaces for the transmission of Ethernet frames at 25 or 50 Gigabit per second

3G Americas
Supported five major wireless technologies and their 3G migration (North America/South America) *Now 4G Americas

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

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

Ads Integrity Alliance
Developed and promoted best practices for defining and policing of bad ads *Inactive

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

Alliance for Open Media
Develops media codecs, media formats, and related technologies for an open standard for video compression and delivery over the web

AllSeen Alliance
Supports the development and adoption of open-source products, systems and services that support the Internet of Things

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

Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC)
Promotes building a consensus about definitions and best practices to control spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies

Apache XML Project
Developed and promoted freely available XML support on a variety of platforms *Dissolved and moved to the Apache Attic in 2012

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

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

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Bridging the Interoporability Gap of the Internet of Things (BIG-IoT)
Promotes technologies to enable cross-standard, cross-platform, and cross-domain IoT services and applications

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

Broadband Internet Technical Advisory group
Promotes transparency of network management processes for technical issues pertaining to operation of the Internet

Broadband Services Forum
Promoted growth and collaboration in the broadband industry *Now the Broadband Forum

Business Process Management Initiative (BPMI)
Developed standards to promote BPM on the network and internet *Merged with the Open Management Group in 2005 to form the Business Modeling and Integration Domain Task Force

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Develops and promotes a standards-based machine readable model to facilitate vocabulary interoperability in the health science industry

CBRS Alliance
Develops, markets and promotes LTE-based solutions utilizing the shared spectrum of the U.S. 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band

Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA)
Develops positions on issues of importance to the wireless industry and promotes the expansion of the "wireless frontier"

Cloud Printing Alliance
Promotes the development of mobile printing

Cloudy Integration Consortium
Promoted internet-based development of cloud computing technology for business process integration purposes. *Disbanded in 2009

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

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

Consortium Of Anti-Spyware Technology Vendors (COAST)
Promoted anti-spyware standards *Dissolved in 2005

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

Developed standards for customer information exchange across enterprise applications *Inactive

Customized Learning Experience Online Lab (CLEO)
Developed research collaborations on e-learning interoperability specifications *Inactive

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DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML)
Developed, maintained, and promoted the use of the DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML) *Dissolved in 2006

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

Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF)
Develops open source specifications, protocols, formats and implementations for cross-chain rooting, indexing and resolution of decentralized identifiers, names and identity attestations.

Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) Self-Regulatory Program
Promotes understanding of and greater control over ads that are customized based on online behavior

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

Digital Inclusion through Trust and Agency
Promotes industry connections through trust and agency which focuses on blockchain technology

DiSo Project
Promoted web standards related to social network interconnectivty *Inactive

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

Ed-Fi Alliance
Develops XML-based data tools to integrate raw education data into Web-based applications

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) *Dissolved in 2010

Electronic Messaging Association (EMA)
Developed and promoted standards for secure electronic messaging *Merged with the Open Group in 2001

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

Ethernet User Alliance
Promoted the Ethernet Standard *Inactive

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

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

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

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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

Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council Europe
Promotes the availability of fiber-based, ultra-high speed access networks to consumers and businesses (Europe)

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G3-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 *Now Microsoft Security Response Alliance (MSRA)

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

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

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Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation
Develops HSA-enabled platform and software solutions for the market

High Tech Broadband Coalition (HTBC)
Promoted the development of broadband technology *Inactive

Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA)
Developed phoneline networking interoperability standards *Merged with HomeGrid Forum in 2013

HomeRF Working Group (HRFWG)
Maintained a wireless network standard optimized for homes and small businesses *Dissolved in 2003

Hotel to Hospitality
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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ID Pro
Promotes and supports identity practitioners and projects with security and privacy lines of business

Identity Defined Security Alliance
Promotes the adoption of an identity centric approach to security, intended to provide real time, intelligence-based access to data and applications by integrating Identity and Access Management (IAM) infrastructure with enterprise cyber secu

Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Promotes and maintains collaborative efforts of industry, academia, and government to accelerate growth of the Industrial Internet

Infranet Initiative
Promoted and developed infranet technologies *Inactive

Integration Consortium
Promoted and educated the industry regarding integration solutions within and between organizations using Internet-standard protocols and formats *Disbanded in 2009

Interactive Financial eXchange (IFX) Forum
Develops and promotes the adoption of IFX, an interoperable financial data exchange

International Alliance for Honest Dating Sites
Promotes consumer education against fraudulent dating websites

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

International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC)
Promotes the archiving of knowledge and information from the Internet for future generations everywhere

International Multimedia Telecommunication Consortium (IMTC)
Promotes telecommunications media

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

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

International Telework Association and Council (ITAC)
Promoted the benefits and expansion of working remotely *Now the Telework Advisory Group for WorldAtWork

Internet 2
Develops Internet network applications and technologies (U.S.)

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)
Promoted the Internet industry (Australia) *Now Communications Alliance Ltd

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

Internet Media Device Alliance (IMDA)
Developed and promoted 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 (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

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

IoT Security Foundation
Develops and promotes best practices to secure the Internet of Things

IPv6 Forum
Promotes the IPv6 protocol

IVD Industry Connectivity Consortium
Develops and encourages adoption of a unified connectivity standard for data exchange between IVD devices and healthcare informatics in clinical laboratories

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Jericho Forum
Promoted the secure flow of business data over the Internet *Dissolved and transferred operations to the Open Group's Security Forum in 2013

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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 *Dissolved and transferred operations and materials to the Kantara Initiative in 2009

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MashSSL Alliance
Promotes open standard for trust establishment between web applications

Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTCL)
Promotes the fostering of entrepreneurship and the success of companies that develop and deploy technology across industry sectors

Develops and promotes technology standards for the health professions

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 *Inactive

Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organizations (MISMO)
Develops, promotes and maintains electronic commerce standards for the mortgage industry
Develops and promotes the open source Firefox web-browser

Multimedia Mobile Access Communications Systems Promotion Council (MMAC-PC)
Developed high-speed wireless multimedia *Dissolved in 2012 and transferred operations to ARIB ADWICS working groups

Develops requirements for Multimedia-Grade networks

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Named Data Networking (NDN)
Develops Internet architecture to accommodate emerging patterns of communication

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Promotes the OAuth Protocol specifications 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 *Inactive

Open Card Consortium (OCC)
Created the OpenCard Framework *Inactive

Open Connectivity Foundation
Promotes the development of a standard specification and interoperable, open source projects to ensure secure and reliable device discovery and connectivity

Open Content Alliance
Develops and maintains a permanent library of multilingual digitized text and multimedia material

Open Data (OData) Protocol
Maintains data access protocol developed to provide access to online data sources

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Develops geo information systems standards

Open Identity Exchange (OIX)
Develops and promotes open identity technologies

Open IPTV Forum
Develops standards for end-end IPTV services

Open Video Alliance
Promotes technologies, policies, and practices in online video

Open Web Alliance
Develops requirements for an open service optimization proxy and supports encryption and privacy in the web ecosystem

Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
Develops and promotes improvement in the security of application software

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

OpenAjax Alliance
Promoted the use and adoption of open, interoperable Ajax-based Web technologies *Dissolved in 2013

Develops a framework that simplifies all aspects of scientific data networking

OpenID Foundation (OIDF)
Promotes the use of OpenID technology

Develops open source software for securing identity-based Web services based on Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services standards

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

OpenSource Liberty
Develops, promotes, and maintains the Liberty library modeling standard

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

Maintains an open standard for distributed status updates

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Promoted payment technology *Dissolved in 2005

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 *Inactive

Plugin Alliance
Develops and promotes the "Uber-Standard" audio plugin that supports major plugin formats

Develops software to ensure and promote fair, transparent, and efficient header bidding across the publishing industry

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 *Inactive

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Promoted a common foundation for secure m-commerce *Merged with 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
Promotes a message exchange protocol to decentralize commentary focused on public content

Seamless Air Alliance
Promotes the introduction of technologies on board airplanes to enable passengers to seamlessly use their connected devices

Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed (STORK)
Developed and promoted a European eID Interoperability Platform to allow citizens to establish new e-relations across borders (Europe) *Dissolved and moved new initiatives to STORK 2.0 in 2013

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Forum
Promotes the adoption of products and services based on the Session Initiation Protocol
Provides free services to Open Source developers

SRT Alliance
Promotes an open source video transport protocol that enables the delivery of high-quality video across the public internet

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 *Dissolved in 2003

Streaming Video Alliance
Develops best practices, guidelines, technical specifications, and functional requirements that address critical challenges in the online video industry

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Telecom Infra Project
Promotes initiatives to improve data-intensive internet services and technologies

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

The New IP Agency
Promotes network functions virtualization

Third Generation Internet Protocol Forum (3G.IP)
Promoted IP based wireless systems for 3G mobile communications technology *Inactive

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 *Inactive

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

Web Quality of Experience Workgroup (WebQoE)
Developed and promoted standards for improved online customer experience *Inactive

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

Web Services Test Forum (WSTF)
Maintains a forum for the web service community to develop interoperability scenarios

Web Standards Project (WaSP)
Promoted core web standards *Dissolved in 2013

Web3D Consortium
Promotes and fosters three-dimensional technologies on the Internet

Wi-Fi Alliance
Promotes and certifies wireless products

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 Standards Services Network (WSSN)
Maintained links to servers of standards organizations worldwide *Inactive

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

Worldwide Consortium for the Grid (W2COG)
Promoted networking technology to support Network Centric Operations (NCO) *Inactive

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X Consortium
Developed the Unix X Window System and related standards *Merged with The Open Group in 1996; spun out later as (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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