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Library of Congress “Opens Up” with (wait for it…) OOXML
Standards Blog - February 11, 2015:
...As that war heated up, both sides (ODF was supported by IBM, Oracle, Motorola, Google and others) recruited as many allies as they could. One of those recruited by Microsoft was the U.S. Library of Congress.
What should we make of such different decisions?
The answer may be different than you are likely to imagine. In the UK, the decision was consciously made with the goal of changing the marketplace to favor competition and choice, and was backed by overwhelming public support. It was also taken in the context of an ongoing public/private debate across the EU involving open standards, open data, and open source as instruments of policy.
The Library of Congress action, on the other hand, was taken in the context of…well, nothing. The US …
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Supreme People's Court Issues New IP and Competition Dispute
USITO.org Weekly – March 6, 2015: On February 26, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a notice calling for public comment on the Explanation of Several Questions Regarding the Applicable Laws for Reviewing Intellectual Property and Competition Disputes Protection Cases (Draft for Comments). The public comment period will last until March 30, 2015.
Once passed, the Explanation will play a significant role in the regulation and review of IP and competition disputes. The SPC draft law is based on trial practices as well as China's General Principles of Civil Law and other IPR-related laws. ...Full Story
China Issues LTE-FDD 4G Licenses
USITO.org Weekly – March 5, 2015: On February 27, the [Chinese] Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued LTE-FDD enabled 4G licenses to China Telecom and China Unicom, further signaling China's entrance into the era of 4G.
MIIT had already issued 4G licenses to China's three telecom giants - China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom - at the end of 2013, allowing them to use China's homegrown TD-LTE 4G standard. Since June 2014, China Telecom and China Unicom have successfully experimented in 56 cities with commercial TD-LTE and LTE-FDD mixed networks.
Both TD-LTE and LTE-FDD are globally recognized standards, and TD-LTE has been in use in China for over a year. According to the announcement on the MIIT website, the FDD licensing facilitates more efficient spectrum use and will promote information consumption across China. According to the MIIT notice, issuance of licenses was granted based on an assessment of financial resources, technological capabilities, and operational capabilities of the telecom operators.... ...Full Story
Chinese Premier Li Addresses Reform of China's Standardization System
ANSI Weekly News – March 4, 2015: Recent comments from Chinese Premier Li Keqiang indicate support at the highest levels of the Chinese government for deepening the reform of China's standardization system, a process that has been underway for several years. According to Chinese leadership, the goal is to streamline the system and adjust the roles of the government and private sector to increase effectiveness....As changes progress, ANSI's international policy department will continue to monitor China's reform and update members accordingly.
In a February 11, 2015, statement to the State Council Executive Meeting, Premier Li confirmed statements by officials from the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) that potential future reforms to China's standardization system include the reorganization of Chinese standards. China's standardization law, which was promulgated in 1989, provides a legal foundation for the process by which standards are developed and implemented in China. Generally speaking, China's standardization system can be characterized as "top-down," with the government playing a leading role in related activities. The four types of Chinese standards – national, industrial, local, and enterprise – are hierarchical in nature and can be classified as either mandatory or voluntary.
The reorganization would include a consolidation of mandatory standards....In terms of voluntary standards, national, industry, and local voluntary standards would be consolidated into one category. A greater emphasis would be placed on social organization standards, which include standards developed by federations, associations, and consortia. Enterprise standards would remain a category of Chinese standards....Further details regarding the potential restructuring of Chinese standards are unlikely to become clear until the reform is approved. When the National People's Congress of China meets in March 2015, it is likely to deliberate the proposed reorganization, though it remains unclear when such changes will be approved.... ...Full Story
New EEMBC® CoreMark®-Pro Benchmark Bumps Processor Benchmarking Capabilities
EEMB.org – March 3, 2015: EEMBC®, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium...today announced the availability of CoreMark®-Pro, a comprehensive, advanced processor benchmark working with, and enhancing, the market-proven industry-standard EEMBC CoreMark benchmark. While CoreMark stresses the CPU pipeline, CoreMark-Pro tests the entire processor, adding comprehensive support for multicore technology, a combination of integer and floating-point workloads, and data sets for utilizing larger memory subsystems....EEMBC-certified scores are available from almost all of the worldwide processor and microcontroller vendors, including Atmel, ARM, Freescale Semiconductor, Imagination Technologies, Microchip Technology, NXP Semiconductors, Renesas Electronics, and STMicroelectronics.
The EEMBC CoreMark-Pro benchmark contains five prevalent integer workloads and four popular floating-point workloads. The integer workloads include JPEG compression, ZIP compression, an XML parser, the SHA-256 Secure Hash Algorithm, and a more memory-intensive version of the original CoreMark. The floating-point workloads include a fast Fourier transform (FFT), a linear algebra routine derived from LINPACK, a greatly improved version of the Livermore loops benchmark, and a neural net algorithm to evaluate patterns.... ...Full Story
Flash drives in mobile devices set for speed boost with new standard
ComputerWorld – March 2, 2015: Flash drives in mobile devices are set to become faster and secure with a new standard approved by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association.
The new standard, eMMC version 5.1, will lay the groundwork for new mobile storage that will provide faster access to data. Flash drives based on eMMC 5.1 will be able to handle 4K streaming and more data-intensive tasks....The new standard could also make flash drives more secure. A new protocol called Secure Write Protection ensures only specific entities are able to access files and lock or unlock storage.... ...Full Story
New NIST Tools to Help Boost Wireless Channel Frequencies and Capacity
NIST Techbeat – February 27, 2015: Smartphones and tablets are everywhere, which is great for communications but a growing burden on wireless channels. Forecasted huge increases in mobile data traffic call for exponentially more channel capacity. Boosting bandwidth and capacity could speed downloads, improve service quality, and enable new applications like the Internet of Things connecting a multitude of devices.To help solve the wireless crowding conundrum and support the next generation of mobile technology—5G cellular—researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are developing measurement tools for channels that are new for mobile communications and that could offer more than 1,000 times the bandwidth of today's cell phone systems.... ...Full Story
HTTP/2 Will Make The Web 'Faster And Safer'
Tech Week Europe – February 27, 2015: The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) has approved the final standard for the HTTP/2 protocol, which could make browsing the Internet quicker and safer.
HTTP/2 is a major update to the Hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP), which is the foundation of data communication for the World Wide Web. The most widely used version of the standard, HTTP/1.1 was defined in 1999.
A working group has been developing HTTP/2 since 2012 and adopted Google's SPDY protocol as an initial blueprint, with community feedback resulting in "substantial changes" to the standard, such as the compression scheme and the format of protocol.... ...Full Story
NIST Releases Update of Industrial Control Systems Security Guide for Final Public Review
NIST Techbeat – February 26, 2015: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued proposed updates to its Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security (NIST Special Publication 800-82) for final public review and comment....Downloaded more than 3 million times since its initial release in 2006, the ICS security guide advises on how to reduce the vulnerability of computer-controlled industrial systems to malicious attacks, equipment failures, errors, inadequate malware protection and other threats. Industrial control systems encompass the hardware and software that control equipment and the information technologies that gather and process data. They are commonly used in factories and by public utilities and other owners and operators of major infrastructure.
Most industrial control systems began as proprietary, stand-alone collections of hardware and software that were walled off from the rest of the world and isolated from most external threats. Today, widely available software applications, Internet-enabled devices and other nonproprietary IT offerings have been integrated into most such systems. This connectivity has delivered many benefits, but it also has increased the vulnerability of these systems.... ...Full Story
Big Data, Hadoop Standards Group: Who's In, Who's Missing?
Information Management – February 25, 2015: All eyes in the big data world are on the Open Data Platform -- a new association that strives to promote big data technologies and open source platforms like Hadoop. While promising and backed by big names like GE and IBM, the Open Data Platform initiative also lacks some key names....
Several industry giants and startups are driving the Open Data Platform group -- including Altiscale, Capgemini, CenturyLink, EMC, GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, Pivotal, SAS, Splunk, Teradata Verizon and VMware.
Still, some key names also are missing from effort.... ...Full Story
Security Standard Proposed for Bitcoin Exchanges and Wallets
Coindesk – February 25, 2015: A group composed of developers and security professionals has proposed a set of rules aimed at standardizing security protocols used by companies that handle or store digital currencies for their clients.
The proposal, created by the Cryptocurrency Certification Consortium (C4)...aims to provide an industry-level standard by which exchanges and wallet providers can operate.
The Cryptocurrency Security Standard (CCSS) draft proposal calls for 10 standardized approaches to key and seed generation, storage and usage, proof-of-reserve and security audits, among other areas. The framework consists of three levels per section, with each grade signifying a higher degree of security based on the proposed guidelines.... ...Full Story
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