The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) has initiated a new project on the power of standard setting and its implications (SIIA-UI, Sweden)

New project: The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) has initiated a research theme on the power of standard setting and its implications.

Technical standard setting might at first appear to be a consensual search for the technically most appropriate solution. However, as a geopolitical logic today is challenging the commercial logic of liberal globalization within several fields of international affairs, standard setting is today a crucial arena for commercial, normative and geopolitical conflict. The capacity to influence standard organisations and set standards is thus a tool of power in itself, however largely overlooked.

The analysis will be carried out in three projects on the following headlines: Chinese standard power; Europe and geo-economic strategy; Standardization in the digital age: the case of 5G.

More information about the work can be found here.