Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability

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Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability

Format:  Hardcover,

255 pages

Publisher: Mit Pr

Publish Date: Sep 2011

ISBN-13: 9780262016025

ISBN-10: 0262016028

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Openness is not a given on the Internet. Technical standards--the underlying architecture that enables interoperability among hardware and software from different manufacturers--increasingly control individual freedom and the pace of innovation in technology markets. Heated battles rage over the very definition of "openness" and what constitutes an open standard in information and communication technologies. In Opening Standards, experts from industry, academia, and public policy explore just what is at stake in these controversies, considering both economic and political implications of open standards. The book examines the effect of open standards on innovation, on the relationship between interoperability and public policy (and if government has a responsibility to promote open standards), and on intellectual property rights in standardization--an issue at the heart of current global controversies. Finally, Opening Standards recommends a framework for defining openness in twenty-first-century information infrastructures. Contributors discuss such topics as how to reflect the public interest in the private standards-setting process; why open standards have a beneficial effect on competition and Internet freedom; the effects of intellectual property rights on standards openness; and how to define standard, open standard, and software interoperability.

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Publisher: Mit Pr
Publish Date: Sep 2011
ISBN-13: 9780262016025
ISBN-10: 0262016028
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 255
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9780262016025

Chapter outline

Introduction: Global Controversies over Open Standards
The Politics of Interoperability
Injecting the Public Interest into Internet Standards
The Government at the Standards Bazaar
Governments, the Public Interest, and Standards Setting
Securing the Root
Open Document Standards for Government: The South African Experience
Standards, Innovation, and Development Economics
An Economic Basis for Open Standards
Open Innovation and Interoperability
Standards, Trade, and Development
Standards-Based Intellectual Property Debates
Questioning Copyright in Standards
Constructing Legitimacy: The W3C's Patent Policy
Common and Uncommon Knowledge: Reducing Conflict between Standards and Patents
Interoperability and Openness
ICT Standards Setting Today: A System under Stress
Software Standards, Openness, and Interoperability
Open Standards: Definition and Policy
List of Contributors
Index

Book description

Openness is not a given on the Internet. Technical standards--the underlyingarchitecture that enables interoperability among hardware and software from differentmanufacturers--increasingly control individual freedom and the pace of innovation in technologymarkets. Heated battles rage over the very definition of "openness" and what constitutesan open standard in information and communication technologies. In Opening Standards, experts fromindustry, academia, and public policy explore just what is at stake in these controversies, considering both economic and political implications of open standards.

The book examines the effectof open standards on innovation, on the relationship between interoperability and public policy (andif government has a responsibility to promote open standards), and on intellectual property rightsin standardization--an issue at the heart of current global controversies. Finally, Opening Standards recommends a framework for defining openness in twenty-first-century informationinfrastructures. Contributors discuss such topics as how to reflect the public interest in theprivate standards-setting process; why open standards have a beneficial effect on competition and Internet freedom; the effects of intellectual property rights on standards openness; and how todefine standard, open standard, and software interoperability.

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