When people sit around a room debating a standard, should everyone there and those who might be using the standard have the right to
- Know who is financially supporting the people debating or creating the standards technology and documents?
- Review all emails between the participants related to the standard?
- Have public access to the minutes?
- See all drafts of the standards?
- Have the sessions videotaped and streamed out to the general public and web?
If there are multiple layers of approval, should we see this at every level, including when politicians and government officials are involved?
Why or why not? What might people be trying to hide or protect? Would it limit standards participation and does that make a difference?
Personally, I would like to know if a standard was created by equal stakeholders representing divergent and independent interests, or if the standard was essentially bought and paid for by hidden special interests.