|[April 30, 2014]
IEEE at NETmundial: The Internet's Ongoing Success Demands Openness, Transparency, and Inclusiveness in Standardization
PISCATAWAY, N.J. --(Business Wire)--
IEEE (News - Alert), the world's largest professional organization and globally
recognized technology standards setting body dedicated to advancing
technology for humanity, today announced that it urged openness,
transparency and inclusiveness in standardization to fuel the Internet's
ongoing success at NETmundial, the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on
the Future of Internet Governance which took place 23-24 April 2014 in
S�o Paulo, Brazil.
"The Internet is an economic and social phenomenon that touches billions
of lives worldwide every day, and has created a new culture of
border-crossing e-commerce, information sharing, and community
operations," said IEEE President J. Roberto de Marca. "Consensus-based
standards developed in an open, transparent and inclusive process that
ensures voluntary, market-driven adoption have and must continue to
contribute to this success story."
IEEE has been at the forefront of the Internet since its early days. At
NETmundial, Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist for Google (News - Alert) and IEEE
Fellow, noted that IEEE published the first paper about the TCP/IP
Internet protocol in 19741. IEEE standards such as IEEE
802.3™ "Standard for Ethernet" and IEEE 802.11™ wireless local area
network (WLAN) standard2 (that enables products that are
often branded as "Wi-Fi®") are a fundamental part of the
Internet's technical foundation, enabling the movement of almost all
data that crosses the platform.
IEEE embraces the value of an open and globally coherent Internet. "To
achieve this objective, the underlying technology platforms must be
open, broadly available and, most importantly, trustworthy," said
Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director of the IEEE Standards
Association (IEEE-SA). "People have to be able to trust the Internet,
and the notions of privacy that we have come to expect in our everyday
life must be reflected and respected in cyberspace as well. Technical
communities must rise up to meet these expectations and assure privacy
and security in the Internet by technical design."
IEEE, through its IEEE-SA, recently issued a statement calling on "all
stakeholders to support the open character and integrity of the Internet
as well as to work on solutions and processes that can restore users'
trust to its technical foundationsthrough a model that embraces and
embodies openness, transparency and inclusiveness and technical
standards that reflect the OpenStand (www.open-stand.org)
paradigm of a multi-stakeholder model of collaboration and consensus
"IEEE anticipates the potential for the current tensions around the
Internet to increase," observed IEEE President de Marca. He further
emphasized, "IEEE is firmly committed to mobilizing and supporting its
global and local communities of technical professionals and associated
stakeholders to work on building improved technology solutions that
address privacy and security issues to rebuild trust and confidence in
the technical foundations of the Internet."
"NETmundial was a timely and seminal event that is certain to have
enduring influence in the ongoing Internet governance debate. It was
clear from the discussions at NETmundial that the objective of the
international community gathered at the event is to achieve, through
extensive collaboration among stakeholders, an open, trusted, secure and
resilient Internet for all," noted de Marca. "IEEE was invited to
contribute to these intensifying global discussions, and I was proud to
represent the organization in my home country and to participate in the
NETmundial event. The IEEE is ready and willing to be part of this
global initiative." A "NETmundial Multistakeholder Statement" was
released at the conclusion of the event, which attracted 1,480
stakeholders from 97 nations.3
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 IEEE Standards Association
The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting
body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process
that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community.
IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current
scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of
over 900 active standards and more than 500 standards under development.
For more information, visit http://standards.ieee.org/.
1 Vinton Cerf, Robert Kahn, A Protocol for Packet Network
Transactions on Communications, May 1974)
2 IEEE 802.11™ "Standard for Information
technology--Telecommunications and information�exchange between systems
Local and metropolitan area networks--Specific�requirements Part 11:
Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical�Layer (PHY)
[ InfoTech Spotlight's Homepage ]