|[October 03, 2013]
Statement from OpenStand Affirming Partners
PISCATAWAY, N.J. & WASHINGTON & GENEVA --(Business Wire)--
On 29 August 2012, the leaders of�IAB,
the IEEE (News - Alert) Standards Association,�the�Internet
Society, and the�W3C�signed
a statement�affirming the importance of a set of principles for the
development of�global, open standards. These principles have become
known as the�"OpenStand"
principles. A year later, in the face of allegations of�interference
by some governments in the standards development process, now is an
opportune time to review the strengths of the modern paradigm�captured
in the OpenStand principles. Developing standards in accordance with the
OpenStand principles offers the best-known defense against�interference
by any actor.
The Internet depends upon standards developed in an open and
transparent�manner, which facilitates wide review. Openness allows any
interested paty 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 trustworthy standards in all fields of technology,
including security and privacy.
For information about OpenStand�and the OpenStand principles visit�open-stand.org.
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.
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.
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.
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C (News - Alert))
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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