Public Lectures by Ken Krechmer at the University of Colorado

by Ken Krechmer
Communications Standards Review

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Palo Alto, CA USA 94303-3024
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The University of Colorado International Center for Standards Research (ICSR) and Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP) sponsored two invited public lectures April 3, 2003 in Boulder, CO by Ken Krechmer, visiting ICSR Fellow. The talks covered two topics.

Microsoft Anti-Trust Litigation - The Case for Standards

Based on the 2000 first prize winning paper "Microsoft Anti-Trust Litigation - The Case for Standards" , this lecture is updated to the final decision in the USA versus Microsoft anti-trust litigation on November 12, 2002. This legal decision requires Microsoft to avoid engaging in anti-competitive practices and requires Microsoft to disclose "no later than the last major beta test release of that Microsoft Middleware" necessary Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to other software companies. Such disclosure is meaningless as the other software companies have no means to maintain control of the APIs after disclosure. The Microsoft monopoly has been upheld in Federal Court. Only standards can create public interfaces which change by common agreement. The use of proprietary specifications was developed in the 20th century to maintain monopolies. Now open standards may be used, where their value is understood, to maintain both competition and competitive advantage, which minimizes the potential for monopoly abuse.
Powerpoint presentation

The Principles of Open Standards

What is an "open standard" and why should we care? When Microsoft claims it offers "open standards," that may be a good reason to learn what "open standards" means to Microsoft and what it means to the rest of us. This lecture discusses ten principles of "open standards." These ten points offer a way of rating just how "open" a standard is and what the value of openness is for the user, equipment or system developer, or standards development organization.
Powerpoint presentation

Ken Krechmer
Communications Standards Review
757 Greer Road
Palo Alto, California 94303-3024 USA

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