Standards Policy for Information Infrastructure

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Brian Kahin, Janet Abbate
MIT Press, 1995 - Business & Economics - 653 pages
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Although there are many competing visions of information infrastructure, there isuniversal agreement that standards will play a critical role. The history of OSI, the Internet, andindustry consortia shows that standards development has become a rich, multifaceted process,critically linked to market strategy and major issues of public policy.The thirty-threecontributions to this book present a comprehensive picture of the state of the art in standardsdevelopment for information technology and the options for federal policy. The book includes bothindependent analysis and the perspectives of major stakeholders and other interested parties -- suchas AT&T, the American National Standards Institute, the European Commission, and the Society ofMotion Picture and Television Engineers.A Publication of the Information Infrastructure Project atHarvard University

  

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Contents

The Rough Road to the Common Byte
35
A FiveSegment Model for Standardization
79
Information Infrastructure MetaArchitecture
100
Information Infrastructure Standards in Heterogeneous
148
Contents
164
Working
220
When Are Standards Too Much of a Good Thing?
253
The Governments Role in the HDTV Standards
276
Financing the Standards Development Process
289
Consortia and the Role of the Government
321
Competing Definitions of Openness on the Nil
351
Arguments for Weaker Intellectual Property Protection
368
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About the author (1995)

Brian Kahin is Senior Fellow at the Computer & Communications Industry Association inWashington, DC. He is also Research Investigator and Adjunct Professor at the University of MichiganSchool of Information and a special advisor to the Provost's Office. He is a coeditor ofTransforming Enterprise (MIT Press, 2004) and many other books.

Janet Abbate is Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech andthe author of Inventing the Internet (MIT Press, 1999).