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Standard Developing Organizations as a Form of Self-Regulation


Jane K. Winn


University of Washington - School of Law

July 25, 2006

THE STANDARDS EDGE: STANDARDIZATION: UNIFIER OR DIVIDER?, Sherrie Bolin, ed., The Bolin Group, 2006

Abstract:     
Standard developing organizations (SDOs) can help unify uncoordinated economic activities and conflicting business interests by supporting the growth of viable systems of self-regulation. This paper considers three organizations that have successfully combined the roles of SDO and self-regulatory organization: the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA), which manages an electronic funds transfer network; the Electronic Benefits and Services Council (EBSC), which manages a system for clearing electronic food stamps; and the Federation for Identity and Cross-Credentialing Systems (FIXs), which manages a system for authenticating government employees and contractors entering defense facilities. The operation of each organization is examined in light of criteria for effective self-regulation, and of market adoption rates for the standards each organization produces. The paper shows how differences in market conditions and the maturity of the technologies being standardized have resulted in varying degrees of success among the three organizations.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: Standard Developing Organization, Self-Regulation, Standard Setting Organization, Electronic Commerce, Electronic Payments, Authentication

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Date posted: August 14, 2006  

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Winn, Jane K., Standard Developing Organizations as a Form of Self-Regulation (July 25, 2006). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=924008

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Jane Winn (Contact Author)
University of Washington - School of Law ( email )
William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98105-3020
United States

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