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Standards Wiki & Discussion

Standards Wiki & Discussion

IBM facilitated an online conversation during the summer of 2008, in which 70 independent, forward-thinking experts across the globe - from academia, standards, law, government and public policy - debated the question of whether standard setting bodies have kept pace with today's commercial, social, legal and political realities. Actionable suggestions to modernize their processes were offered during the six-week discussion, with an eye toward increasing standards transparency, fairness and quality.

In this attached file, please find suggestions that were proffered by individuals during the wiki. While they do not necessarily reflect unanimous or consensus views, the thoughtful comments and recommendations illustrate the velocity and impact of this important discussion.

The wiki inspired IBM to formulate and adopt the following set of principles to guide its participation in the open standards community:


Open standards can help deliver good governance, societal freedoms, economic health, business growth, global competition, and technological innovation. To that end, IBM, supports the consistent and fair application of standards development practices for all stakeholders, whether they be consumer, governmental, commercial, or open source, in emerging and mature economies alike. IBM does now, and will continue, to adhere to the following principles, informing IBM's participation in the standards community with integrity, innovation and good faith:

The tenets of IBM's new policy are to:

For example, IBM will:


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