Free Standards Panel - WOS 2004

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Panel at the WOS 2004 conference.



"Issues in this session will include different models of standard setting organizations, de jure vs. de facto standardization, the tension between the interest of industry members in a commonly held set of interoperable interface specifications and their individual interest in using their own technology to maintain a proprietary lock on the market, and the tension between collective action for creating standards and antitrust law. The speakers will address the possible meaning and significance of "open" or "free" standards -- in the sense of access to specifications and referrence implementations, and in the sense of price for studying and implementing a standard. IETF‘s free standards, free to learn and to use, were after all the key to the success story of the Internet. Are open document formats more important than free software?"