Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability

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272 pages

Book Description

Openness is not a given on the Internet. Technical standards--the underlying that enables interoperability among hardware and from different manufacturers--increasingly control individual freedom and the pace of innovation in technology . Heated battles rage over the very definition of "openness" and what constitutes an open standard in and communication technologies. In Opening Standards, experts from industry, academia, and public policy explore just what is at stake in these controversies, considering both 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 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.

Table of Contents

Part I The Politics of Interoperability
Chapter 1 Injecting the Public Interest into Internet Standards
Chapter 2 The Government at the Standards Bazaar
Chapter 3 Governments, the Public Interest, and Standards Setting
Chapter 4 Securing the Root
Chapter 5 Open Standards for Government

Part II Standards, Innovation, and Development Economics
Chapter 6 An Economic Basis for Open Standards
Chapter 7 Open Innovation and Interoperability
Chapter 8 Standards, Trade, and Development

Part III Standards-Based Intellectual Property Debates
Chapter 9 Questioning Copyright in Standards
Chapter 10 Constructing Legitimacy
Chapter 11 Common and Uncommon Knowledge

Part IV Interoperability and Openness
Chapter 12 ICT Standards Setting Today
Chapter 13 Software Standards, Openness, and Interoperability
Chapter 14 Open Standards

Book Details

  • Title: Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability
  • Author:
  • Length: 272 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2011-09-02
  • ISBN-10: 0262016028
  • ISBN-13: 9780262016025