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Cyberinfrastructure and the Public Interest

May 01, 2007, 15:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"Over the last several months I have spoken at conferences and symposia in places as widely dispersed as Washington and Cambridge, Beijing and New Haven. In each case, the topic was the intersection of standards and the public interest, comprehending new concepts such as the 'knowledge commons' and increasing importance of 'cyberinfrastructure,' and issues such as government's responsibility to utilize appropriate standards to safeguard the future of public documents, and the best way to ensure that the promise of information and communications technologies (ITC) is fulfilled in developing nations. These gatherings have been held under the auspices of institutions as diverse as the National Academies and the United Nations Development Programme, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the United States--European Commission Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, and the Law Schools of Harvard and Yale Universities.

"The fact that so many people are meeting in so many venues to discuss standards in non-technical contexts demonstrates the fact that something new and important is at work here..."

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