Standards Development Organizations as Two-Sided Markets

June 2018

Payment cards and dating websites may be the most famous examples of two-sided markets, but technology standard development organizations (“SDOs”) offer another example of two-sided platforms. How SDOs set the rules for their members can have wide-reaching effects – including on the SDO’s ability to attract and keep participants. This short note explains how SDO governance rules, and the procedures for forming governance committees, impact SDO member participation, including several real world examples from the ICT and computing industries.

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