Global standards are a criticical platform for the success of digital technology. As the Internet of Things and new kinds of industry build on this platform, new standards must emerge that ensure products are trustworthy, efficient and meet the needs of a society transformed by digital technology.
Effective open standards will only be built with the co-operation of state and extrastate representatives. Led by the needs of consumers, these standards should be able to adapt and respond to the rapid evolution of technology. Governance frameworks and processes will need to acknowledge the pace of this change, and work alongside prevailing best practices.
This will demand a class of policy professionals and consumer advocates who understand both how digital technology works and how it's developed. These skills will be a necessity for ensuring that standards are suitable and that consumers are protected.