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Industrial Internet Industry Alliance Created Under MIIT
USITO.org – February 8, 2016: On February 1, the Industrial Internet Industry Alliance held its inaugural meeting in Beijing, with Minister of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) minister Miao Wei delivering a keynote address.
In his remarks, Miao Wei highlighted that the industrial Internet has already emerged as the critical driving force for smart manufacturing, and the playing field upon which countries are competing for manufacturing leadership. Minister Miao added that because China is in the midst an of economic transformation, the importance of industrial internet development is even more critical, and that the newly formed alliance should strive to serve as a catalyst for industrial internet promotion measures such as China Manufacturing 2025 and the Internet Plus Strategy.
The alliance will be under the guidance of the China Academy of Information Communications Technology (CAICT) but has a total of 13 vice chairman-level supporting companies, including Huawei, China Telecom and Haier. CAICT president Cao Shumin will serve as chairperson of the alliance, while Minister Miao will serve as director of the alliance's guidance committee. The alliance has 143 founding members. ...Full Story
Get Involved: U.S. TAG Participants Sought for ISO/IEC Subcommittee on Automatic Identification and Data Capture Techniques
ANSI.org Weekly News – February 4, 2016: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is seeking U.S. experts to participate in the ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information Technology Standards, Subcommittee (SC) 31, Automatic identification and data capture techniques. As the U.S. representative to ISO, ANSI encourages all U.S. stakeholder organizations in relevant information technology fields to get involved, and those involved in radio frequency identification and data encoding are especially sought....SC 31 works to provide standards for data formats, data syntax, data structures, data encoding, and technologies for the process of automatic identification and data capture and of associated devices utilized in inter-industry applications and international business interchanges and for mobile applications.... ...Full Story
ANSI to Host OMB A-119 Revision Webinar on February 16
ANSI.org Weekly News – February 3, 2016: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will host a free webinar discussing the recently published revisions to White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-119, "Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities." The webinar will take place from 3:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.
ANSI strongly encourages all interested parties – and especially ANSI member organizations – to take this opportunity to learn more about the revised document, which will continue to have a significant impact on future U.S. government use of privately developed voluntary consensus standards.
The circular, in conjunction with the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) of 1995, instructs U.S. federal agencies to consider using voluntary consensus standards developed privately instead of government-unique standards whenever possible. It was last updated in 1998 and has been revised again to reflect notable changes that have occurred in the ensuing years in connection with voluntary consensus standards, conformity assessment activities, and the federal government's participation in and use of standards.
Guest speakers at the webinar will include:
- Jasmeet Seehra, Policy Analyst, OMB
- Jeff Weiss, Senior Advisor for Standards and Global Regulatory Policy, U.S. Department of Commerce
- Gordon Gillerman, Director, Standards Coordination Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The webinar will be listen-only, but participants will be given the opportunity to submit questions via chat. Following the event, the slide deck and a recording of the webinar will be made available for future viewing.
All individuals interesting in taking part in the webinar must register in advance. ...Full Story
Partial Amendment of "Guidelines for the Use of Intellectual Property under the Antimonopoly Act"
Japan Fair Trade Commission – February 2, 2016: In order to clearly show the principles about the use of intellectual property rights including patent right under the Antimonopoly Act, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter referred to as the "JFTC") has stipulated "Guidelines for the Use of Intellectual Property under the Antimonopoly Act" (September 28, 2007)(hereinafter referred to as the "IP Guidelines") and "Guidelines on Standardization and Patent Pool Arrangements" (June 29, 2005). Although the issues related to the Standard Essential Patent under the Antimonopoly Act shall be basically judged based on these guidelines, these guidelines have limited descriptions about the acts that seem, on its face, to be the exercises of right, for instance, bringing an action for an injunction by the Standard Essential Patent holder. Therefore, the JFTC decided to partially amend the IP Guidelines, and made the draft public requesting public comments from various interested parties.
In response to the request for comments, 54 comments were submitted. The JFTC carefully reviewed all comments and partially amended the draft and published the revised IP Guidelines (see attachment).
The JFTC will adequately inform enterprises and trade associations of the revised IP Guidelines, to prevent them from violating the Antimonopoly Act and help them pursue their appropriate business activities. The JFTC will also continue to appropriately apply the AMA. ...Full Story
VESA Updates Display Stream Compression Standard to Support New Applications and Richer Display Content
VESA.org – January 29, 2016: The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) today announced it has released version 1.2 of the Display Stream Compression (DSC) Standard. An extension to the feature set offered in version 1.1, DSC v1.2 was developed to support a wider range of display applications—in particular, externally connected displays such as PC monitors and televisions. A key feature of DSC v1.2 is its ability to provide native compression of the YCbCr 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 video formats commonly used in digital TVs.... ...Full Story
Revision of OMB Circular No. A-119, "Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities"
OMB.gov – January 28, 2016: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has revised Circular A-119, "Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities," in light of changes that have taken place in the world of regulation, standards, and conformity assessment since the Circular was last revised in 1998. The revised Circular is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg_infopoltech.... ...Full Story
NDRC Calls For Support Of Big Data Mega Projects
USITO.org – January 28, 2016: On January 20, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) [of China] issued a Notice on Carrying Out Big Data Promotion Mega Projects to local development and research commissions and central enterprises.
With an aim to further implement the State Council's Big Data Development Guidelines, the document calls on central enterprises to specifically support:
- big data pilot application in social governance, public service, industry development and innovation and entrepreneurship;
- big data public sharing and opening by completing laws and regulations, evaluation and security review regimes, as well as unified national e-government network;
- infrastructure development including government data centers, government public cloud and green data center pilots;
- data flows by establishing big data standards system and big data trading platforms and systems
The deadline for application is February 5, 2016. National funding for the mega projects will be composed of rolling investments from 2016 to 2018. The document also encourages social capital mobilization in project financing. ...Full Story
The U.S. Government and Open Standards: A Tale of Personal Woe
The Var Guy – January 27, 2016: It's presidential campaigning season, which makes it high time for discussing what the next crop of politicians should fix about the federal government. Here's my suggestion: Make government technology more friendly toward open source and open standards....By requiring Acrobat the government gives preference to a particular software vendor, assuring that thousands of people who otherwise would not choose to use Adobe software are forced to install it. Worse, endorsing a proprietary, narrowly supported technology for government data poses the risk that public information could become inaccessible if the vendor decides to stop supporting the software.... ...Full Story
TC260 New Committee Opened To Foreign Participation
USITO.org – January 26, 2016: On January 14, TC260 (the National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee)held the first meeting of its second committee in Beijing....In his speech, Lu Wei said that cybersecurity standards should be the foundation and future of Internet development. CAC and AQSIQ will together leverage standardization to enhance cyber security, Lu said.
Zhi Shuping introduced three main tasks for the new committee:
- Strengthen top-level design and strategic planning, by drafting complementary standards to cybersecurity laws and regulations and defining a cybersecurity standards roadmap;
- Complete the standards system by expediting the standard drafting for key technologies related to critical information infrastructure protection, cyber security review, cyberspace trusted identity, industrial information security, big data security and privacy protection;
- Actively participate in international rules and standards making in cyberspace, so as to improve discourse and China's influence and increase international adoption of Chinese standards and innovation with self-owned IP.... ...Full Story
Data standards 'should be led by market, not European Commission', says UK government
ComputerWeekly.com – January 25, 2016: The UK government has published a series of responses to EU consultations on a single digital market, covering topics such as digital platforms, data standards and geo-blocking.
Last May, the European Commission (EC) outlined 16 initiatives to move forward on plans for a single digital market in the European Union (EU)....While the UK government says it wants to ensure that platforms "continue to innovate and offer services to consumers and [meet] businesses demand", it rejects any form of regulation that could undermine advantages such as businesses benefiting from a reduction of geographic barriers, or consumers benefiting from increased choice and quality of services.
The government says the EU "should avoid using any attempt to define platforms as the basis for any regulatory action" because there is no single definition for platforms....Common data standards have been another important part of the consultation. To promote cross-country collaboration, systems have to be able to talk to each other....Although the UK government has been vocal in its support for common and open standards, it has warned that standardisation should be led by the market rather than by the EC or any other public sector organisation, but such organisations can provide leadership and support...."While preventing market fragmentation, future work should take care not to duplicate existing standards. They should focus instead on the mapping and maturing of existing standards, alongside relevant new standards, in response to use cases and real needs."... ...Full Story
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