Standardization Transparency

An Out of Body Experience
  • Phillip H. Griffin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8893)


This paper examines the issue of transparency in standards setting organization processes used to select security techniques for standardization. Analysis of data collected from interviews, electronic mail, and other documentation is presented as a narrative in two case studies. A Kaleidoscope conference case study illustrates the positive impacts of open participation on improving transparency through the reduction of bias in the selection process. These impacts include more timely inputs from researchers on emerging technology issues, and greater diversity in the sources of creative new ideas and solutions considered for standardization. Restrictions imposed on the selection process by government control of national body activities are described through a second case study of practice in the United States. Finally, recommendations are proposed on actions standards setting organizations can take to broaden participation in the selection of techniques for standardization and to strengthen communications between standards developers and the research community.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Phillip H. Griffin
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  1. 1.Griffin Information Security ConsultingRaleighUSA

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