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MRC Releases New Digital Ad StandardsTom Vernon
–January 19, 2018 - The Media Rating Council Thursday issued the final draft of its Digital Audio Measurement Standards. This document outlines the measurement and reporting requirements for digital audio advertising and content in either browser or application environments that require a software-based audio player. The principles noted in these guidelines apply to digital audio ads and content regardless of whether they are delivered through a digital audio streaming environment or through a progressive download approach, including podcasts... Full Story
A Standard Attempts to Cut Through Thicket of Neural Network HardwareJames Morra
–January 18, 2018 - After an artificial neural network has been trained on enormous amounts of data but before it can be installed in an autonomous car to navigate a stretch of highway it may have never taken before, companies need to translate it. The neural network assumes a new file format so that the carâ€™s computer can figure out what it has been taught.
Software engineers educate these algorithms using tools like Amazonâ€™s MxNet and Googleâ€™s TensorFlow. Every software framework exports data in a different format, forcing companies like Qualcomm and Intel to build software programs that import the actual algorithm into their computer processors. That is a huge task, since every processor needs a separate importer for every software tool it supports.
But that could change with a new standard that represents the data used by neural networks in a common format. The Khronos Group recently released such a standard in an effort to cut through the growing thicket of software tools and computer chips for deep learning. Once it is officially finished, the standard could give engineers more freedom to choose suppliers...
Khronos faces competition from another format called the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX), which makes it easier for software engineers to transfer algorithms between PyTorch and Caffe. In September, Facebook and Microsoft partnered with Amazon to release the open source standard, which is also supported by companies like Qualcomm and Intel, among others.
Facebookâ€™s format differs from the Khronos Groupâ€™s standard, which is exclusively focused on porting algorithms to computer chips, not the interchange between software frameworks... Full Story
Wi-Fi Alliance Announces the WPA3 Security StandardJP Butinx
–January 17, 2018 - ...What this new standard introduces is a major solution to a common security problem. Most consumers are comfortable using open Wi-Fi networks, despite the security risks they present... Unfortunately, such internet traffic is unencrypted, and thus the current standard must be replaced.
More specifically, WPA3 introduces individualized encryption of data...Furthermore, WPA3 will protect against brute-force dictionary attacks,..
Last but not least, the new standard automatically blocks attackers after a certain number of invalid login attempts...
It is expected that the first devices to support WPA3 will come on the scene at some point in 2018... Full Story
National Experts Sought for New Standards Committee on Artificial Intelligence: ISO/IEC JTC 1, Subcommittee 42
–January 16, 2018 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) seeks national experts to participate in a newly formed international standardization committee on Artificial Intelligence (AI) â€“ International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information Technology, Subcommittee (SC) 42. ANSI is the U.S. member body to ISO, and the IEC, via the U.S. National Committee.
The new committee is intended to serve as the focus for ISO/IEC JTC 1â€™s standardization program on AI and will provide guidance to other JTC 1, IEC, and ISO committees that are developing AI applications...The first meeting of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42 will be held April 18-20, 2018, in Beijing, China. Questions about SC 42 can be directed to Heather Benko, SC 42 secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org). U.S. experts who are interested in joining the U.S. TAG to JTC 1/SC 42 should contact the TAG Administrator, INCITS (email@example.com)... Full Story
Next Gen TV Reaches Major Milestone with Release of ATSC 3.0 StandardsPress Release
–January 12, 2018 - The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) today commemorated the achievement of a major milestone in TV history, with final member votes being tallied for approval of remaining standards that together comprise the ATSC 3.0 suite of next-generation TV standards...ATSC 3.0 is the culmination of a five-year effort to re-think over-the-air broadcast television service in the Internet age. ATSC 3.0 provides broadcasters with remarkable flexibility and new market opportunities through enhanced transmission and reception functionality and delivery of 4K Ultra HDTV, immersive audio, and interactive services using a mix of Internet and broadcast connections... Full Story
The Internet Of Medical Things Raises Novel Compliance ChallengesMildred Segura, Christopher M. Butler, and Farah Tabibkhoei
–January 4, 2018 - The â€œInternet of Medical Thingsâ€ (IoMT) â€” the network of medical devices and applications connected to healthcare information technology (IT) systems â€” has led to more efficient healthcare delivery, greater diagnostics, improved doctor-patient communications, and enables better medical decision making. However, the accelerated adoption of IoMT means device manufacturers must grapple with the security vulnerabilities affecting medical devices, a landscape of uncertain liability, and emerging regulations.
Thus far, administrative agencies have been the primary regulators. The FDA has promulgated guidance for medical device manufacturers to tackle these issues, legislators have increasingly confronted IoMT security concerns, and litigation around IoMT is slowly on the rise...Inherent security risks accompany interoperability. Consequently, device manufacturers should keep abreast of current minimum security standards, as noncompliance could lead to problems including lawsuits (e.g., arising from patient data privacy breaches), government enforcement actions, financial losses, and bad press...
In fact, healthcare was the number one industry cyberattacked in 2015. Full Story
FERC proposes new standard to improve cybersecurity reportingCorina Rivera Linares
–January 3, 2018 - FERC proposed a revised Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standard to improve mandatory reporting of cybersecurity incidents, including incidents that might facilitate future attempts to harm reliable operation of the countryâ€™s bulk electric system.
Under the current CIP Reliability Standard CIP-008-5 (Cyber Security â€“ Incident Reporting and Response Planning), incidents must be reported only if they have compromised or disrupted one or more reliability tasks, FERC said, adding that it is concerned that that threshold may understate the true scope of cyber-related threats facing the grid.
In particular, the lack of any reported incidents in 2015 and 2016 suggests a gap in the current mandatory reporting requirement... Full Story
Unraveling the MEC Standards PuzzleSue Marek
–January 2, 2018 - Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) is quickly gaining traction as a disruptive technology that promises to bring applications and content closer to the network edge. It is also expected to reduce latency in networks and make new services possible.
Analyst Iain Gillott of iGR Research says that he expects MEC to be as disruptive to the market as 5G and software-defined networking (SDN). And several companies, including Huawei, have said that they are currently testing MEC.
There currently is no MEC standard, however, there are several projects working on standards and trying to bring some order to this burgeoning technology.
Here are four groups that are involved in MEC that are worth watching:... Full Story
HTML 5.2 IS NOW A W3C RECOMMENDATION
–December 27, 2017 - HTML5The Web Platform Working Group has published a W3C Recommendation of the HTML 5.2 specification that would obsolete the HTML 5.1 Recommendation.
The HTML 5.2 specification defines the 5th major version, second minor revision of the core language of the World Wide Web: the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). In this version, new features continue to be introduced to help Web application authors, new elements continue to be introduced based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention continues to be given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability.
The group also published a First Public Working Draft of HTML 5.3, which defines the 5th major version, third minor revision of the core language of the World Wide Web: the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). Full Story
Cyber legislation is teed up for action in 2018, if Congress can find the timeCharlie Mitchell
–December 27, 2017 - Long-stalled legislation to create a federal data-breach notification standard and final action on a bill upgrading Department of Homeland Security cyber functions top the list of possible congressional moves on cybersecurity issues in 2018, a year brimming with cyber policy possibilities but short on legislative days...Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., who chairs a House Financial Services subcommittee, said he's still working on the details but hopes to roll out a breach-notification bill sometime in the first quarter...Sources say a bipartisan Senate working group on the issue has written policy options but is hanging back to see what the House produces before unveiling legislation...
One of the most consequential cyber measures facing Congress would address the security of self-driving cars...Legislation on setting minimum security requirements for Internet of Things devices purchased by the federal government could be on the docket in 2018... Full Story