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Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:
International technology standards development
International standards1 are integral to the development, adoption and use of technology. They are a critical part of the global technology ecosystem as they help facilitate trade, provide first-movers with a strong competitive advantage, and can generate significant revenue for companies with large patent portfolios.
The international technical standards development landscape is primarily industry-led through multistakeholder standards development organizations (SDOs), where private sector and technical experts propose, debate, negotiate and approve the best technical standards to address common problems and interoperability.
Focusing on the technology environment, this project seeks to establish an accessible evidence base on the impact of technical standards on cyber security; the benefits of participating in SDOs; and factors affecting domestic experts’ involvement in standards development.
Research proposals could approach this issue from a variety of disciplines, or as a cross-disciplinary effort. The research area touches on aspects of international relations; business; telecommunications and critical technologies; information technology; internet engineering; and applied science. Proposals could consider some or all of:
Suggested approaches include:
Relevance to the Intelligence Community:
This project will help contextualize the role of international standards, inform government collaboration with business and academic partners, and support participation in the development of robust, secure standards for emerging and critical technologies.
As a key collaborator with business and academic partners on cyber and technology security, this project will support the NIC to better contextualize the role of international standards and support the development of robust, secure standards for emerging and critical technologies.
Reference:1 For the purpose of this project, international standards are considered to be documents developed through international SDOs that set out specifications, procedures and guidelines that aim to ensure products, services, and systems are safe, consistent, and reliable. This does not include normative guidance or advice.
Knut Blind, Martin Kenney, Aija Leiponen, Timothy Simcoe, (2023) ‘Standards and innovation: A review and introduction to the special issue’, Research Policy, Vol 52, Issue 8, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2023.104830.
Key Words: Standards Development Organizations (SDOs); Critical and emerging technologies; Internet Engineering Taskforce; International Telecommunications Union; Cyber Security Standard; Communication technology standards.