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Running Code as Part of an Open Standards Policy


Jay P. Kesan


University of Illinois College of Law

Rajiv C. Shah


University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Communication; Illinois State University

June 1, 2009

First Monday, Vol. 14, No. 6, June 1, 2009
Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 08-38
U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. LE09-019

Abstract:     
Governments around the world are considering implementing or even mandating open standards policies. They believe these policies will generate economic, socio-political, and technical benefits. In this article, we analyze the failure of Massachusetts’s open standards policy as applied to document formats. We argue that it failed due to the lack of “running code.” Running code refers to multiple, independent, interoperable implementations of an open standard. With running code, users have a choice in their adoption of a software product, and consequently, gain from the economic and technological benefits that accrue and which were, at the outset, the objectives behind the creation of the open standard. Hence, we urge governments to incorporate a “running code” requirement when adopting an open standards policy.

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Date posted: June 9, 2009 ; Last revised: February 23, 2011

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Kesan, Jay P. and Shah, Rajiv C., Running Code as Part of an Open Standards Policy (June 1, 2009). First Monday, Vol. 14, No. 6, June 1, 2009; Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 08-38; U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. LE09-019. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1416115

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Jay P. Kesan (Contact Author)
University of Illinois College of Law ( email )
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Rajiv Shah
University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Communication ( email )
Chicago, IL 60612
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.rajivshah.com
Illinois State University ( email )
Normal, IL 61790
United States
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