Interoperability and democracy: A political basis for open document standards

  title={Interoperability and democracy: A political basis for open document standards},
  author={Laura DeNardis and Eric Tam},
  journal={2007 5th International Conference on Standardization and Innovation in Information Technology},
This paper employs democratic theory as a method of inquiry into the political implications of openness in information and communication technology (ICT) standards. Our account describes four ways in which ICT standards have political implications in democratic societies: standards can have implications for other democratic processes; standards can affect the broader social conditions relevant to democracy; the content and material implications of standards can themselves constitute substantive… CONTINUE READING

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