Standard Setting Committees: Consensus Governance for Shared Technology Platforms
51 Pages Posted: 4 May 2006 Last revised: 29 Jul 2014
Date Written: June 11, 2010
Voluntary Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs) use a consensus process to create new compatibility standards. Practitioners have suggested that SSOs are increasingly "politicized" and perhaps incapable of producing timely standards. This paper develops a simple model of standard setting committees and tests its predictions using data from the Internet Engineering Task Force, an SSO that produces many of the standards used to run the Internet. The results show that an observed slowdown in standards production between 1993 and 2003 can be linked to distributional conflicts created by the rapid commercialization of the Internet.
Keywords: Standards, Compatibility, Comittee, Internet
JEL Classification: D71, O3, L44, L63
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