How Can We Ensure Digital Accessibility in the Age of Internet Standards?

Posted on September 20th, 2017

Image source: https://shutr.bz/2vQaK8J One of the latest battles within internet standards is around digital content accessibility – more specifically online video and podcast accessibility for people with disabilities. Now, one would think that this isn’t really something to argue about. Of course they should have access. However, as seen in a recent University of California–Berkeley […]

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Making Strides Towards Inter-Cloud Interoperability

Posted on September 13th, 2017

Image: https://shutr.bz/2jiW5kZ On July 25, 2017, two major bodies in the standards world agreed to a collaboration that would set a joint standard for inter-cloud interoperability. The IEEE, an OpenStand affirming partner, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology will work together on this collaboration, potentially increasing the possibility of a vendor-neutral means of […]

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Are Open Standards the “Key” to Smart Cities?

Posted on September 6th, 2017

Image: https://shutr.bz/2uinpAx From smart household appliances to smart cars, regular readers of this blog know that there has been a rapid increase in the adoption of Internet connected devices. This internetworking of physical devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) has been the subject of plenty of industry talk and speculation, including how open standards […]

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Open Standards, Innovation, and Our World

Posted on August 30th, 2017

Image: https://shutr.bz/2uiGFCm Where open standards exist, innovation is driven; disruptive technologies emerge. That’s how a recent article around the critical need for open standards in our society began, and we couldn’t agree more. While we’ve been pushing for open standards across the Internet for years, it’s always refreshing and enlightening to read about that same […]

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Are We Holding the ‘Death’ of Open Standards in Our Hands?

Posted on August 23rd, 2017

Image: https://shutr.bz/2vInS3E Smartphones are everywhere these days. Nearly everywhere you look, people are using their devices to communicate, shop, track fitness, lock their doors or even change the settings on their home heating and air conditioning units. We are getting ever closer to controlling almost every aspect of our lives from the palm of our […]

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IACHR Publishes Comprehensive Report: “Standards for a Free, Open and Inclusive Internet”

Posted on August 16th, 2017

Image: https://shutr.bz/2umtKy6   In March of 2017, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) published “Standards for a Free, Open and Inclusive Internet” with the aim to “assist the member States in their efforts to incorporate a human rights-based focus in the design, development, and implementation of policies affecting the Internet.” The report drew upon […]

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Are Standards The Next Defense Against DDoS Attacks?

Posted on August 9th, 2017

Image: https://shutr.bz/2uqJ4KD The more businesses are keeping data online, the more opportunity for cybercriminals to attack. And, since digital isn’t going anywhere, businesses are forced to take measures to protect themselves from all manner of cyberattacks. One particularly popular and nasty cyber attack is a distributed denial of service, or DDoS. When an organization, or […]

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OpenStand Partner IETF Holds Sixth Hackathon

Posted on August 2nd, 2017

Image: https://shutr.bz/2umit0G Internet usage pioneers, and OpenStand Affirming Partner, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) recently held their sixth hackathon event. This event, through running open source code, was able to find and highlight missing or unclear areas of standards, subsequently improving the standards. According to the IETF event recap, this Hackathon drew approximately 120 […]

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Are Credibility Standards the Answer to Misinformation on the Web?

Posted on July 26th, 2017

Image: everything possible What if developing and defining a set of credibility standards could influence how people share and display content? The problem of misinformation online isn’t new, but we have certainly seen new focus on it lately. At a recent event designed to fight against this decimation of misinformation, a number of the digital […]

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How to Modernize the Smartphone Network with Open Standards

Posted on July 19th, 2017

Image: https://shutr.bz/2qZkuz8 According to online publisher TechCrunch, by 2020, globally there will be 6.1 billion smartphone users, led by huge growth in less mature markets. That works out to approximately 70 percent of the world’s population using these devices. In addition, research giant Ericsson predicts that “regions like Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa […]

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