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Adventures in Self-Publishing: Rediscovering GoodReads
Standards Blog - March 1, 2014:
...Not surprisingly, GoodReads was one of the first sites I learned about and uploaded my book data to. But that was pretty much all I did before moving on to the next promotional item. Also not surprisingly, nothing to speak of happened as a result.
But as part of a new promotional effort I’ve been making, I’ve found my way back to GoodReads, and as a result of what I’ve learned in the meantime, I’m quite happy with what I’m finding. Here are some examples:
People really do respond to promotional giveaway offers at GoodReads, despite the fact that new giveaways are being posted by the hour. Although you do have to send a physical copy of your book to those that…
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thinking Person's Cyber-Thriller
Amazon Reader Reviews – March 7, 2014: This review is from: The Alexandria Project: A Tale of Treachery and Technology (Kindle Edition)
If you think a mystery novel containing elements of international espionage, politics, finance, cryptography, law, Internet technology and inter-governmental agency turf battles might appeal to you, I highly recommend this novel. It contains all this, plus much more (did I mention the Mother Of All Hacker Attacks and plot twists that will have you calling your chiropractor)? It will make you think twice (thrice?) about U.S. data security almost every time you read the international headlines. And the protagonist -- Frank Adversego -- may become your new anti-terrorist fictional hero. Highly recommended. ...Full Story
President Xi's Central Cybersecurity and Informatization Leading Group Approves Work Plan
USITO.org Weekly – March 7, 2014: China's Central Cybersecurity and Informatization Leading Group (CCILG) approved its work plan and priorities in an inaugural meeting on February 27th, according to a report on the State Council website. The leading group is led by China President Xi Jinping and two deputy heads, Premier Li Keqiang and party propaganda department head Liu Yunshan, and is comprised of ministerial leaders. The leading group will play a central leading role in coordination of China's cybersecurity and informatization strategies, plans and policies.
At the meeting, Xi emphasized that cybersecurity and informatization play a strategic role in China's national security, economic development, and the daily life of the people. Xi said that China's development as a cyber power would require a focus on the overall landscape, ministerial coordination and innovative development....[Announcement is in Chinese] ...Full Story
New GAO Report Finds Need for Increased Support for U.S. Participation in the Development of International Nanomanufacturing Standards
ANSI Weekly News – March 7, 2014: The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report, titled "Nanomanufacturing – Emergence and Implications for U.S. Competitiveness, the Environment, and Human Health," that found that additional financial and organizational support – particularly in connection with U.S. involvement in the development of international nanomanufacturing standards – is required to ensure U.S. competitiveness in the this emerging field.... ...Full Story
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AFAQS – March 6, 2014: In January this year at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Google announced the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), which aims to bridge that gap by plugging cars - and their amazing capabilities - into the same mobile ecosystem that powers your Android smartphone, tablet and television.
At Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, Google announced the Open Auto Alliance, a partnership with Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai to bring Android to the dashboards of these car manufacturers. Apple is working with both BMW and Mercedes to bring its iOS into the cars. Then there is Ford's Sync, a platform developed by Ford and Microsoft, which provides real time information on traffic, directions among other things. What do 'smart dashboards' mean for the consumer and what opportunities do they open up for brands?.... ...Full Story
OECD Crafts Global Standard for Sharing Tax Information
ComplianceWeek – March 5, 2014: Stepping up efforts to curb international tax evasion, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a global economic policy forum with 34 member government, has unveiled a new data-sharing initiative aimed at exposing the practice.
Responding to a mandate from G20 leaders to reinforce action against tax avoidance and evasion, OECD developed a new global standard for the automatic exchange of information between tax authorities worldwide.The standard calls for information from financial institutions to be automatically shared with other countries on an annual basis. The protocol details the account information to be exchanged, the financial institutions that need to report, the different types of accounts and taxpayers covered, and common due diligence procedures to be followed by financial institutions.... ...Full Story
ANSI to Host OMB A-119 Revision Webinar for Members on March 6
ANSI.org – March 4, 2014: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will hold a free, members-only webinar discussing proposed 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," from 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm on Thursday, March 6, 2014....
The circular...was last updated in 1998 and is being revised again to reflect notable changes that have occurred in the ensuing years in connection with voluntary consensus standards, conformity assessment activities, and government regulatory work. A draft of the proposed update has been published online.
The March 6 webinar will look at the proposed revisions to OMB Circular A-119 in connection with intellectual property rights (IPR), incorporation by reference (IBR), standards development organization (SDO) process issues, and conformity assessment, among other topics....
All individuals interesting in taking part in the webinar must register in advance....Given the importance of the proposed revision, ANSI will develop a consensus response on behalf of the standardization community. Stakeholders are encouraged to review the draft revision – which is available online – and to submit input on the proposed changes to email@example.com by March 21, 2014. ANSI also encourages organizations to submit their own comments in direct response to OMB's Federal Register notice.... ...Full Story
Now comes the acid test for the government's open standards policy bryang
ComputerWeekly.com – March 4, 2014: The UK government's consultation on the use of open document formats has closed, and we now wait for the acid test of the Cabinet Office commitment to open standards.
The outcome of this process will determine the government's ability to break its lock-in to proprietary software for years to come....The responses are overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed use of ODF as the standard for documents - a format support by Microsoft Office, and by plenty of other non-Microsoft applications.
The controversy arises from the omission of OOXML - the standard proposed and designed by Microsoft, used (in one of its forms) as the default for Office, and by, well, not very many others....So, what happens next?
The government has only two options - to stick with its proposal and exclude OOXML, or accede to Microsoft's wishes and allow both ODF and OOXML.
If they choose the latter, the Cabinet Office will stand accused of crumbling in the face of the big supplier power it has said so often it wishes to break away from. The open standards policy would be in tatters.
If they stick to their preferred option, then it must be likely that Microsoft will formally challenge the outcome of the consultation process, leaving it mired in legalities for ages - and possibly until a change of government in 2015 decides it's not worth the hassle.... ...Full Story
China Establishes Central Cybersecurity and Informatization Leading Group
USITO.org Weekly – March 4, 2014: On Feb. 21st, Mr. WU Hequan, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, stated at the ICT In-depth Observation Conference 2014 hosted by the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR) that the Central Cybersecurity and Informatization Leading Group has been established, as reported by a website under the Shanghai Information Security Association.
Domestic media, including Aastock, a well known stock market media organization, previously reported on January 23rd that China was drafting a National Information Security Strategy and would release it following the establishment of a Central Cybersecurity and Informatization Leading Group. ...Full Story
97% of SaaS Vendors Backing SAML-based Single Sign-on
Cloud Security Alliance – March 4, 2014: OneLogin...and the Cloud Security Alliance today announced findings from their OneLogin 2014 State of SaaS Identity Management survey, which was conducted to better understand the maturity of SaaS vendors in their implementation of identity management solutions, security standards and assurance certifications....Most notably, the survey results point to the widespread adoption of SAML standards by SaaS vendors for single sign-on identity management, in response to customer demands for fast, simple and secure employee, customer and partner access to applications in their environments.
By eliminating all passwords and instead using digital signatures for authentication and authorization of data access, SAML has become the Gold Standard for single sign-on into cloud applications. SAML-enabled SaaS applications are easier and quicker to user provision in complex enterprise environments, are more secure and help simplify identity management across large and diverse user communities.... ...Full Story
UK Gov garners 400 comments on ODF proposal, extends deadline
EC Joinup – March 3, 2014: ...more than 400 comments have been submitted to the UK government, in response to its proposal to use the Open Document Format and HTML standards for sharing and editing electronic documents....the proposal and comments will be evaluated by a panel of experts. The panel will advise the Open Standards Board, which in turn will make a recommendation to the government's Chief Technology Officer....comments were submitted by a range of stakeholders, including representatives from UK government agencies, the proprietary software vendor of a ubiquitous office suite, developers of free and open source office alternatives, and advocacy groups such as OpenForum Europe and the Free Software Foundation Europe.
Many participants commend the UK government for proposing to adopt the Open Document Format (ODF) as the standard.... ...Full Story
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