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From 1961 - 1996, INCITS was known as Accredited Standards Committee X3, Information Technology. It was established within a year of ISO TC 97 and ECMA as the U.S standards committee for information technology. X3 was accredited by ANSI and it was sponsored in 1961 by ITI, a trade association then known as the Computer and Business Equipment Association (CBEMA). CBEMA was a forum for companies to identify and discuss areas of common concern, and its sponsorship of X3 provided a place for the providers of information technology and systems to receive feedback from users, government agencies, academia and other interested parties.