Recent proposals from several countries urging the mandatory adoption of technical standards are dangerous and misguided.
Underscoring that view is today's launch of "OpenStand," an initiative supporting a commitment to open, voluntary technical standards for the Internet. CDT welcomes the OpenStand paradigm. Today we also released a paper detailing how technical standardization works and why proposals for the mandatory use of Internet standards developed in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are cause for grave concern.
Our digital world turns on technical standards. Emails composed on a Microsoft Windows computer can be easily read on an Apple laptop or iPhone. Websites created by an incredible diversity of companies and organizations – Twitter.com, Wikipedia.org, BBC.co.uk, and millions more – are easily viewed in web browsers made by Google or Mozilla. This ability to communicate between technologies developed by different companies exists because standards provide the language that allows computers and software to talk to each other.
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