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What would the Internet look like if the creators of Facebook, YouTube and Amazon had to jump through a dozen hoops and negotiate with third-parties before their ideas and products came to fruition? Innovation would be greatly limited. The Internet was started to make it easy for people to quickly and easily share information with others globally, and the same can be said for web technology as well. The principles of availability, cooperation and transparency, which are at the heart of the OpenStand movement, have allowed the Internet to advance at a rapid pace because developers do not have to first “ask permission.”

Permissionless innovation is the ability of others to create new things on top of the existing communications structures. Ultimately, all entities are working toward the same goal and developments by one party can aid in the creation of another.

Jari Arkko, chair of the IETF, cited work done by WebRTC that has taken advantage of open standards. Their work will create new web revolutions by enabling “every browser to make a call, every web server to be a voice provider, and every object to communicate seamlessly with the rest of the world.”

Open standards produces tools that permissionless innovation requires. In the case of WebRTC, standard Javascript APIs are being developed to support applications from different voice service providers.

“It is very important that the Internet stays open, retains its global reach, and continues to develop at a fast pace in an open environment where all stakeholders have an ability to provide their input,” Arkko wrote in this post on the IETF blog.

If you, too, believe in the importance of Open Standards and permissionless innovation to advance Internet innovation, then join the OpenStand movement. You can read more about the Modern Paradigm for Standards here.

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