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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
Internet of Things could be the low-cost 'connectivity key' that transforms lives in developing countries
ITU – January 22, 2016: A new report from ITU and networking giant, Cisco, identifies the Internet of Things (IoT) as a major global development opportunity that has the potential to improve the lives of millions and dramatically accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Launched today at the Pacific Telecommunications Council annual meeting in Hawaii, "Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development" outlines how IoT could have a major impact in areas such as grassroots delivery of health care and education, positively transforming communities within a time frame that would have been unimaginable even a few years ago.... ...Full Story
'AIM'-ing for Interoperability
TV Technology – January 21, 2016: The broadcast industry was built on standards, but in recent years that has changed due in part to the acceleration in digital technologies. Many vendors have opted to not wait for standards to be developed, resulting in incompatible technologies that require a workaround.
These concerns have led a group of broadcast and media industry suppliers, including Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Lawo, Snell Advanced Media and Nevion to form the Alliance for IP Media Solutions. The new, independent trade association was founded to foster the adoption of industry standards that would help facilitate the broadcast and media industry's transition from SDI to IP. The group's efforts will be focused on promoting the adoption, standardization, development and refinement of open protocols for media over IP, with an initial emphasis on VSF TR-03 and TR-04, SMPTE 2022- 6 and AES67....AIMS is not in itself a new standards body, but rather a trade association that would work closely with the Video Services Forum (VSF), a 17-year old international association comprised of 74 service providers, users and manufacturers focused on interoperability, quality metrics and education for video networking technologies.... ...Full Story
Linux-Based Drones Upstage Other Mobile Gadgets at CES
Linux.com – January 20, 2016: At last week's CES show in Las Vegas, some of the most intriguing new gadgets were flying about within mesh fabric cages, crawling around robot pens, or ready to roll off their pedestals to cruise the Strip. And a growing number of these frenzied fiends run Linux.
The most prominent mobile devices at CES were not boring old mobile phones or tablets, but unmanned autonomous vehicles, better known as drones. New Linux-based UAVs include Parrot's fixed wing Disco, Zerotech's Snapdragon Flight based Ying, as well as new autopilots that turn a Raspberry Pi board into a flight computer (see below). These newcomers were joined by other recently announced Linux drones, such as the indoor-ready Fleye and Parrot's BeBop 2.... ...Full Story
J. Michael Daniel
White House blog – January 19, 2016: The administration releases a new strategy to improve the U.S. government's participation in the development and use of international standards for cybersecurity.
U.S. companies are most effective when they can rely on the same cybersecurity standards overseas as they do in the United States. Not only do common standards make it easier for product development and sales, companies can more easily maintain and enhance network defense and resilience, which are vital in today's world of diverse cyber threats. That's why I am pleased to announce the release of a new strategy to improve the U.S. government's participation in the development and use of international standards for cybersecurity. This new report, entitled "Interagency Report on Strategic U.S. Government Engagement in International Standardization to Achieve U.S. Objectives for Cybersecurity " and "Supplemental Information for the Interagency Report on Strategic U.S. Government Engagement in International Standardization to Achieve U.S. Objectives for Cybersecurity," articulates U.S. government strategic objectives and outlines recommendations to achieve those objectives....The report supports the 2010 United States Standards Strategy, which was developed through a public-private partnership coordinated by the American National Standards Institute, and outlines the contribution of private-sector led standards development to competition and innovation in the U.S. economy and the imperative of public and private-sector participation and collaboration.... ...Full Story
White House Announces New Strategy to Boost Government Involvement in International Standards for Cybersecurity, Recognizes ANSI Efforts
ANSI.org Weekly News – January 19, 2016: Recognizing standardization's unique role and major impact on cybersecurity in business, the White House recently highlighted the United States Strategy or USSS—a guide which promotes principles and tactics for the United States to develop standards and participate in the international standards-setting process. The news was in an announcement highlighting the Obama administration's new report that articulates U.S. government strategic objectives and recommendations for increased government participation in the development of international standards for cybersecurity.
A recent White House blog post highlights how the new report, entitled "Interagency Report on Strategy U.S. Government Engagement in International Standardization to Achieve U.S. Objectives for Cybersecurity," and its accompanying "Supplemental Information for the Interagency Report on Strategic U.S. Government Engagement in International Standardization to Achieve U.S. Objectives for Cybersecurity" support the USSS, which was developed through a public-private partnership coordinated by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The report outlines the contribution of private-sector-led standards development to competition and innovation in the U.S. economy and the imperative of public- and private-sector participation and collaboration.... ...Full Story
NIST Issues RFI on Cybersecurity Framework Use, Potential Updates and Future Management Comment Period Ends February 9
ANSI.org Weekly News – January 14, 2016: The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a request for information (RFI) on feedback regarding how its voluntary "Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity" is being used, in addition to comments on possible changes to the Framework and its future management. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages all relevant stakeholders to respond to the RFI by February 9, 2016....
The framework...consists of standards, guidelines, and practices to promote the protection of critical infrastructure, and uses a common language to address and manage cybersecurity risk in a cost-effective way based on business needs without placing additional regulatory requirements on business. The prioritized, flexible, repeatable, and cost-effective approach of the framework helps owners and operators of critical infrastructure to manage cybersecurity-related risk, NIST reports.
NIST is specifically seeking information on:
- Ways in which the Framework is being used to improve cybersecurity risk management
- How best practices for using the Framework are being shared
- The relative value of different parts of the Framework
- The possible need for an update of the Framework Options for long-term governance of the Framework
Respondents may organize their submissions using NIST's RFI Response Template. The comment period ends on February 9, 2015.... ...Full Story
AllSeen Alliance Announces New Open Source IoT Certified Devices
VarGuy – January 12, 2016: The AllSeen Alliance, an open source IoT initiative endorsed by the Linux Foundation, has announced significant steps toward making its vision of open connected devices a reality with the introduction of new devices certified for the AllJoyn software framework.
AllJoyn is an open source platform for IoT device discovery and connectivity. It's the tool that the AllSeen Alliance, a collaborative project supported by a number of industry partners, is promoting as the basis for creating an open, standards-compliant IoT.
At CES 2016 this week the AllSeen Alliance announced about a dozen new products that have received AllJoyn certification. They represent a diverse set of devices, ranging from a Buffalo AirStation wireless router, to LG's wireless modules for connected air conditioners, to Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets running Windows 10.... ...Full Story
ANSI Releases Newly Revised "United States Standards Strategy"
ANSI.org Weekly News – January 11, 2016: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment system, has released a revised version of the United States Standards Strategy (USSS), available online in digital format. The USSS describes the principles and tactics that guide how the United States develops standards and participates in the international standards-setting process.
The new 2015 version contains minor changes that reflect current national priorities and industry growth areas, including the growth of innovative technologies such as smart cities, Internet of Things, and cybersecurity, as well as the continuing shift to a services-based economy....
ANSI, the U.S. representative in non-treaty international and regional standards-setting activities, serves as the facilitator and administrator of the development process of the USSS, which relies on the coordinated efforts of a large and diverse group of constituents representing stakeholders in government, industry, standards developing organizations, consortia, consumer groups, and academia. The strategy reflects a global standardization environment that incorporates new types of standards development activities, more flexible approaches, and varying structure.... ...Full Story
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