NanoAdhesives Board (NAB)
NanoAdhesives Board - an industry-wide agency amongst the NoCoZo, it regulates and approves nanoadhesives for compatibility with a sheaf of publicized standards.

This was originally (cf 6700's) a rubber-stamp organization used by GooGlue, NBB&P as a memetic ploy against the corporation's rivals. Eventually (cf 6845) this backfired, as a public scandal was engendered by the surviving rivals as GooGlue's then-newest product line had not been through the (exceedingly, perhaps even excessively rigorous) testing, but had been given the seal of approval. After all the repercussions shook out over 3 months, the NAB was reorganized as an independent concern which survived on the testing and accrediting fees of the participants, testing products for a fee and advertising the results throughout the NoCoZo. It was the first of what was to become a trend of truly independent market regulators, sustained on a testing fee schedule.

Note that various organizations and corporations still attempt to set up rubber-stamp bodies to promote their products at the expense of competitors. However, in the early 7000's, the BoB started up, according to company literature, "to maintain a sharp social awareness of such coercive behavior." (This phrase is commonly translated to non-NoCoZo polity members as, "to make money.")
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Development Notes
Text by John B

Initially published on 16 February 2003.