A Quick Guide to the FDA’s Deeming Regulations for Vaping, Cigars, and All Other Tobacco Products

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration completed a ruling that expands their authority to all tobacco related products including e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes and hookah. These regulations were formulated to help improve the public’s overall health and well being as these products were already being sold but without any initial review regarding what they were made […]

Understanding Open Standards

Understanding Open Standards A Brief Look At Open Standards and More What is an open source? Open source is defined as any open material on the web which is publicly accessible by anyone. What is an open standard? Open standards are defined as guidelines to keep the technologies open, particularly to developers. The definitions are […]

Microsoft and the Government’s Open Standards

Microsoft and the Government’s Open Standards In 2010, the United Kingdom began the arduous process of reforming its digital strategy. The UK Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills launched an extensive investigation into which IT standards would become official policy. The goal of this inquiry and overhaul was to attain standard protocols that would foster […]

The Hague Declaration in the Digital Age

    The Hague Declaration in the Digital Age The Hague Declaration is about the discovery of knowledge during the digital age. The declaration is capable of shaping the practice of ethical research, developing an open access infrastructure and policies and shaping legislative reform. The availability of ideas, data, facts, computing power, and the internet […]

Is Net Neutrality Really a Threat to the Internet?

Is Net Neutrality Really a Threat to the Internet? On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules put into place two years earlier. The rollback gives internet service providers (ISPs) the ability to act as gatekeepers for web content; essentially, they can promote their own services […]

EU holds firm on “open standard”, US firms go ballistic

The EU Commission announced on June 25 that EIF/2.0 (The European Interoperability Framework which defines the rules for software used in e-Government) will hold the line as regards patents on standards. The announcement is expected to annoy those who wanted a “broad” definition of open standards that would include patented standards. As expected, the Business Software Alliance […]

Definition of a Free and Open Standard

  The Digital Standards Organization defines free and open standard as follows: A free and open standard is immune to vendor capture at all stages in its life-cycle. Immunity from vendor capture makes it possible to freely use, improve upon, trust, and extend a standard over time. The standard is adopted and will be maintained by a […]

The Hague Declaration

    Adopted and proclaimed by the founders of the Digital Standards Organization in The Hague on 21 May 2008. Whereas almost 60 years ago the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, established in international law these rights and freedoms: Freedom from discrimination by government or law (Article 2, Article 7). Freedom of movement within the borders […]