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Affirmation of the Modern Paradigm for Standards
RFC 6852

Document type: RFC - Informational (January 2013)
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Last updated: 2013-02-12
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Internet Architecture Board (IAB)                             R. Housley
Request for Comments: 6852                                    IETF Chair
Category: Informational                                         S. Mills
ISSN: 2070-1721                                        IEEE-SA President
                                                                J. Jaffe
                                                                 W3C CEO
                                                                B. Aboba
                                                               IAB Chair
                                                             L. St.Amour
                                                  ISOC President and CEO
                                                            January 2013

            Affirmation of the Modern Paradigm for Standards

Abstract

   On 29 August 2012, the leaders of the IEEE Standards Association, the
   IAB, the IETF, the Internet Society, and the W3C signed a statement
   affirming the importance of a jointly developed set of principles
   establishing a modern paradigm for global, open standards.  These
   principles have become known as the "OpenStand" principles.  This
   document contains the text of the affirmation that was signed.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB)
   and represents information that the IAB has deemed valuable to
   provide for permanent record.  It represents the consensus of the
   Internet Architecture Board (IAB).  Documents approved for
   publication by the IAB are not a candidate for any level of Internet
   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6852.

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1.  Introduction

   On 29 August 2012, the leaders of the IEEE Standards Association, the
   IAB, the IETF, the Internet Society, and the W3C signed a statement
   affirming the importance of a jointly developed set of principles
   establishing a modern paradigm for global, open standards.  These
   principles have become known as the "OpenStand" principles.

   Section 2 of this document describes the five OpenStand principles.
   Section 3 of this document contains the text of the signed
   affirmation of the five OpenStand principles.  Section 4 contains a
   call for others to support the five OpenStand principles.

2.  Modern Paradigm for Standards

   Over the past several decades, the global economy has realized a huge
   bounty due to the Internet and the World Wide Web.  These could not
   have been possible without the innovations and standardization of
   many underlying technologies.  This standardization occurred with
   great speed and effectiveness only because of key characteristics of
   a modern global standards paradigm.  The affirmation below
   characterizes the principles that have led to this success as a means
   to ensure acceptance of standards activities that adhere to the
   principles.

   We embrace a modern paradigm for standards where the economics of
   global markets, fueled by technological advancements, drive global
   deployment of standards regardless of their formal status.

   In this paradigm standards support interoperability, foster global
   competition, are developed through an open participatory process, and
   are voluntarily adopted globally.  These voluntary standards serve as
   building blocks for products and services targeted at meeting the
   needs of the market and consumer, thereby driving innovation.
   Innovation in turn contributes to the creation of new markets and the
   growth and expansion of existing markets.

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   Participation in the modern paradigm demands:

   1. Cooperation.  Respectful cooperation between standards

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