Users Get In On The Standards Creation Process

from the sounds-like-a-good-idea dept

These days when it comes to a lot of the tech issues that people debate you always hear stories about how the end users are never involved in the decision making process. For instance, look at the various negotiations between entertainment and technology companies – that has no input from actual consumers. The Economist takes a look at the brewing standards battle between Microsoft Passport and the Liberty Alliance, and points out the strange thing about the Liberty Alliance. It’s being driven by those who will use the standard more than by those who will profit off the standard. Of course, this doesn’t mean it will be successful (and there are plenty who assume it won’t be), but it’s an interesting model that could turn out a better product.

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