The IAB, IEEE, IETF ISOC and W3C are jointly declare the need for open standards. As a public relations move it looks more like an American government response to Chinese government moves in the ITU to take a share in developing Internet standards. The movement is suspect.
OpenStand is a global community that stands together in support of The Modern Paradigm for Standards – an open, collective movement to radically improve the way people around the globe develop, deploy and embrace technologies for the benefit of humanity.
I’ma fervent supporter of open standards but the organisations that control Internet standards and governance are overwhelmingly run and administrated by American nationals. While I would align myself with democratic values and open systems, it is equally difficult to accept that only America has the moral right to control technologies like DNS and effectively control standards bodies.
I can’t see an easy way out of the current dependence on these standards bodies, but at least we can recognise and accept that other countries and governments have valid reasons for wanting to have equal control and access.
In this paradigm standards support interoperability, foster global competition, are developed through an open participatory process, and are voluntarily adopted globally. These voluntary standards serve as building blocks for products and services targeted at meeting the needs of the market and consumer, thereby driving innovation. Innovation in turn contributes to the creation of new markets and the growth and expansion of existing markets.
I can’t argue with this logic. I agree with it. But I can’t see that this is going to solve the problem.