How industrial standards help explain Russia's economic motives for invading Ukraine

May 17, 2022
International standards can be tools of globalization. They can also keep other countries locked within an economic orbit.
A Ukrainian soldier guards a road near the Russian border in April 2014, just weeks after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea. After the invasion, Ukraine rejected Russia’s industrial standards and opted for Europe’s instead.
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The latest arena of US-China confrontation: international tech standards

May 20, 2021
China has increased its participation in setting global technological standards. Some in the U.S. are concerned. Should they be?
There are rules that companies around the world follow so their devices can work together and compete together. The U.S. and China have both become increasingly aggressive in trying to influence these rules.
Jason Lee/AFP via Getty Images

The kilogram you know is so over

Nov 16, 2018
It's the final unit of measurement to stop being based on a physical standard.
NIST's platinum-iridium kilogram K92 (front) with stainless-steel kilogram masses in the background.
J.L. Lee/NIST

Firms, organized labor wait for major ruling

Aug 14, 2015
The case is about employees working for subcontractors or franchisees.

EcoBroker standards: got transparency?

Oct 21, 2008
Sarah Gardner reported on the EcoBroker Program this afternoon on Marketplace. The program attempts to address two critical issues in combating...

Roadside greenwash reminders from coal country

Jul 9, 2008
Riding through Pennsylvania on my way home from a lovely family wedding a few days ago, I had a glimpse into why greenwash detectors like our blog...

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