chapter  12
Protocol vs. Institutionalization
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In this day and age, technical protocols and standards are established by a self-selected oligarchy of scientists consisting largely of electrical engineers and computer specialists. Composed of a patchwork of many professional bodies, working groups, committees and subcommittees, this technocratic elite toils away, mostly voluntarily, in an effort to hammer out solutions to advancements in technology. Many of them are university professors. Most all of them either work in industry, or have some connection to it.