Balanced representation in ICT standardization

11 November 2007 - A Pre-event on Diversity in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


ICT standardization impacts consumers, small businesses, and the nature of competition. Yet, there is very little representation in this system from the majority of stakeholders, many of whom will increasingly be from developing economies. These countries are not only leading the world in economic growth rates, they will be responsible for approximately 50% of the rise in global trade by 2030. Standardization has suffered as a result, becoming more a dictator of consumer and government needs than a responder and innovator. As ICT standardization takes on a greater role in digital inclusion and in the global economy, what can be done to increase truly representative stakeholder involvement? How can consumers, SMEs, and developing economies participate and influence this system? How would standardization benefit from broader representation? This panel will examine how governments and NGOs can help to create more balanced representation and participation in local and international standardization systems. Topics may include:

  • Creating a user-centric standardization system
  • Increasing the influence of developing economies
  • Government policies to encourage SME and academic involvement in standardization
  • Structuring standardization for global participation
  • Facilitating participation through digital inclusion