|[August 28, 2012]
Leading Global Standards Organizations Endorse 'OpenStand' Principles that Drive Innovation and Borderless Commerce
PISCATAWAY, N.J. & WASHINGTON & GENEVA --(Business Wire)--
- Five leading global organizations-IEEE, Internet Architecture
Board (IAB), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Internet Society
and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C (News - Alert))-today announced that they have
signed a statement affirming the importance of a jointly developed set
of principles establishing a modern paradigm for global, open standards.
The shared "OpenStand" principles-based on the effective and efficient
standardization processes that have made the Internet and Web the
premiere platforms for innovation and borderless commerce-are proven in
their ability to foster competition and cooperation, support innovation
and interoperability and drive market success.
IEEE (News - Alert), IAB, IETF, Internet Society and W3C invite other standards
organizations, governments, corporations and technology innovators
globally to endorse the principles, which are available at
The OpenStand principles strive to encapsulate that successful
standardization model and make it extendable across the contemporary,
global economy's gamut of technology spaces and markets. The principles
comprise a modern paradigm in which the economics of global
markets-fueled by technological innovation-drive global deployment of
standards, regardless of their formal status within traditional bodies
of national representation. The OpenStand principles demand:
cooperation among standards organizations;
adherence to due process, broad consensus, transparency, balance and
openness in standards development;
commitment to technical merit, interoperability, competition,
innovation and benefit to humanity;
availability of standards to all, and
"New dynamics and pressures on global industry have driven changes in
the ways that standards are developed and adopted around the world,"
said Steve Mills, president of the IEEE Standards Association.
"Increasing globalization of markets, the rapid advancement of
technology and intensifying time-to-market demands have forced industry
to seek more efficient ways to define the global standards that help
expand global markets. The OpenStand principles foster the more
efficient international standardization paradigm that the world needs."
Added Leslie Daigle, chief Internet technology officer with the Internet
Society: "International standards development for borderless economics
is not ad hoc; rather, it has a paradigm-one that has demonstrated
agility and is driven by technical merit. The OpenStand principles
convey the power of bottom-up collaboration in harnessing global
creativity and expertise to the standards of any technology spae that
will underpin the modern economy moving forward."
Standards developed and adopted via the OpenStand principles include
IEEE standards for the Internet's physical connectivity, IETF standards
for end-to-end global Internet interoperability and the W3C standards
for the World Wide Web.
"The Internet and World Wide Web have fueled an economic and social
transformation, touching billions of lives. Efficient standardization of
so many technologies has been key to the success of the global
Internet," said Russ Housley, IETF chair. "These global standards were
developed with a focus toward technical excellence and deployed through
collaboration of many participants from all around the world. The
results have literally changed the world, surpassing anything that has
ever been achieved through any other standards-development model."
Globally adopted design-automation standards, which have paved the way
for a giant leap forward in industry's ability to define complex
electronic solutions, provide another example of standards developed in
the spirit of the OpenStand principles. Another technology space that
figures to demand such standards over the next decades is the global
smart-grid effort, which seeks to augment regional facilities for
electricity generation, distribution, delivery and consumption with a
two-way, end-to-end network for communications and control.
"Think about all that the Internet and Web have enabled over the past 30
years, completely transforming society, government and commerce," said
W3C chief executive officer Jeff Jaffe. "It is remarkable that a small
number of organizations following a small number of principles have had
such a huge impact on humanity, innovation and competition in global
Bernard Aboba, chair of the IAB: "The Internet has been built on
specifications adopted voluntarily across the globe. By valuing running
code, interoperability and deployment above formal status, the Internet
has democratized the development of standards, enabling specifications
originally developed outside of standards organizations to gain
recognition based on their technical merit and adoption, contributing to
the creation of global communities benefiting humanity. We now invite
standards organizations, as well as governments, companies and
individuals to join us at open-stand.org in order to affirm the
principles that have nurtured the Internet and underpin many other
important standards-and will continue to do so."
IEEE, a large, global technical professional organization is dedicated
to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly
cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional
and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety
of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and
telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and
consumer electronics. Learn more at http://www.ieee.org.
About the Internet Architecture Board (IAB)
The IAB is chartered both as a committee of the Internet Engineering
Task Force (IETF) and as an advisory body of the Internet Society
(ISOC). Its responsibilities include architectural oversight of IETF
activities, Internet Standards Process oversight and appeal, and the
appointment of the RFC Editor. The IAB is also responsible for the
management of the IETF protocol parameter registries.
About the Internet Engineering Task Force
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a large open international
community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers
concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth
operation of the Internet. It is open to any interested individual. The
IETF is an organised activity of the Internet Society.
About the Internet Society
The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for
Internet information and thought leadership from around the world. With
its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the
Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology,
and future development among users, companies, governments, and
other organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the
world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth
of the Internet for everyone. For more information, visit www.internetsociety.org.
About the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where
Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to
develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through
the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to
ensure long-term growth for the Web. Over 375 organizations
are Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in
the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics (News - Alert)
and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in
Japan, and has additional Offices worldwide. For more information see http://www.w3.org/.
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