Statement from the IAB on the Strengths of the OpenStand Principles

Posted on February 26th, 2014

Credit: IAB
Credit: IAB

Last October marked a year and a half after the OpenStand Principles were agreed upon by the IAB, IEEE Standards Assocation, the Internet Society and the W3C. The IAB revisits their commitment to the OpenStand Principles with a statement, laid out in full below.

Statement from the IAB: The Internet depends upon standards developed in an open and transparent manner which facilitates wide review. Openness allows any interested party to participate, review, critique, or question the work of others. Transparency provides visibility into all steps of the process and provides appropriate audit trails for inspection. Broad consensus, after review from a wide range of interests and perspectives, fosters agreement on the resulting standards.

While the OpenStand principles cannot ensure that all participants are acting in good faith, following the principles is the best way we know to decrease the risk that any participant can inappropriately manipulate the standards development process. We believe organizations that operate according to the OpenStand principles create the most robust basis for a trustworthy standards in all fields of technology, including security and privacy.

As the dialogue ensues about the role of standards internet governance, there’s an even greater need for inclusive, global collaboration. As various stakeholders look at how to get involved in the standards development process, the Modern Paradigm for Standards provides a solid framework for global consensus. As the IAB eloquently put it, “… OpenStand principles offer the best known defense against interference by any actor.”

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