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90th Anniversary Celebration of the CCIR/ITU Radiocommunication Study Groups (1927 â€“ 2017)Press Release
ITU.org –November 22, 2017 - High-level public and private sector radiocommunication stakeholders from around the globe gathered in Geneva today to mark 90 years of sustainable development of the Wireless Ecosystem, with the 90th anniversary of the CCIR/ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) Study Groups. The achievements of the ITU-R Study Groups was recognized as a testimony of the inspiring global collaboration to produce universally applied regulations, standards and best practices, as illustrated by the continuous growth in the use of wireless communications in the last thirty years and of an ubiquitous wireless world connected by ITU... Full StoryInternational Trade Administration Seeks Stakeholder Input for Summit on Trade-Related Standards Issues
ANSI.or –November 21, 2017 - The International Trade Administration (ITA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) seeks input and participation from U.S. stakeholders, companies, private sector organizations, and trade associations that are active in trade-related standards work for a Standards Summit March 6-7, 2018, in Washington, D.C. As the administrator and coordinator of the United States private sector voluntary standardization system, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages its stakeholders to submit comments by ITA's deadline on December 18, 2017.
ITA published a Federal Register Notice on November 17 to solicit private sector input and participation for the summit, which will unite ITA specialists from ITAâ€™s D.C. headquarters and from its domestic and foreign field offices to develop recommendations to strengthen ITAâ€™s standards work.
ITA will consider input to improve services and programs to best meet the needs of U.S. stakeholders in the standards area. To submit input for consideration or to participate in the ITA internal summit, see notice details and submit comments by December 18, 2017. Full StoryThe IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems Announces New Standards ProjectsPress Release
IEEE.org –November 20, 2017 - IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), today announced the approval of three new standards projects inspired by work being done by The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (â€œThe IEEE Global Initiativeâ€). The new standards projects are the latest additions to the IEEE P7000â„¢ standards family, which supports a principal goal of the IEEE to prioritize ethical concerns and human wellbeing in the development of standards that address all aspects of autonomous and intelligent technologies. These objectives are further addressed in the IEEE publication Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Wellbeing with Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, a living document that encourages technologists to prioritize ethical considerations in the creation and proliferation of these technologies.
The new IEEE P7000 standards projects are chaired by leading subject matter experts in their respective fields of study and include:
VESA Rolls Out DisplayID Version 2.0 Standard to Optimize Plug-and-Play Connectivity for Leading-Edge DisplaysPress Release
- IEEE P7008â„¢â€”Standard for Ethically Driven Nudging for Robotic, Intelligent and Autonomous Systems
Nudges, as exhibited by robotic, intelligent or autonomous systems, are defined as overt or hidden suggestions designed to influence human behavior or emotions...
- IEEE P7009â„¢â€”Standard for Fail-Safe Design of Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Systems
Malfunctioning autonomous and semi-autonomous systems can disadvantage and harm users, society, and the environment. Effective fail-safe mechanisms can help mitigate risks related to system malfunction and provide developers, installers and operators with clear technical criteria to terminate unsuccessful or compromised operations in a safe and consistent manner...
- IEEE P7010â„¢â€”Wellbeing Metrics Standard for Ethical Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems
Today, with the advancement of autonomous and intelligent systems, programmers, engineers, and technologists need to consider how the products and services they create can increase human wellbeing based on a wider spectrum of measure than economic growth and productivity alone (i.e., emotional health, societal impacts, environment, etc.)... Full Story
VESA.org –November 17, 2017 - The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESAÂ®) today announced a major update to its Display Identification Data (DisplayID) standard. The new version 2.0 of this universal display standard simplifies connecting and configuring modern display products, including PC monitors, consumer TVs and embedded displays (e.g., display panels within laptop and all-in-one systems). The result is a best-in-class plug-and-play experience. Advanced capabilities supported include 4K-and-higher resolutions, high dynamic range (HDR), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and refresh rates of 120Hz and above.
The DisplayID standard was originally launched in 2009 to enable the widely adopted Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) standard to keep up with newer-generation display technologies. However, with the EDID standard nearing the end of its effectiveness, a standard with new standalone structures, unencumbered by legacy architecture, is needed to properly and efficiently communicate modern display capabilities, thus ensuring an optimal user experience for future display technologies.
The key difference between DisplayID 2.0 and EDID predecessors is its modular structure, based on the concept of "data blocks" â€“ individually defined, self-contained data formats that each provide a specific set of related display information in a clear unambiguous manner... Full StoryChinaâ€™s National Peopleâ€™s Congress Officially Promulgates Standardization Law
ANSI.org –November 16, 2017 - The National Peopleâ€™s Congress of the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China officially promulgated Chinaâ€™s Standardization Law on November 4, 2017. The original Chinese version can be accessed on the China legislature site...The Standardization Law serves as the legal underpinning for Chinaâ€™s system, and its revision (the first since 1988) is a major component of Chinaâ€™s ongoing standardization reform initiative...ANSI has prepared a reference translation for the final law, which tracked the changes since the last draft, as a courtesy available to ANSI members only.
Changes in the standardization law from the version released in September 2017 mainly comprise restructured provisions. There are some promising additions such as the state encouraging the extensive seeking of comments in the development of standards (Article 4), and the clarification that standards would be reviewed every five years (Article 29). However, ANSI believes that more can be done in addressing the following concerns which were conveyed in earlier comments:
IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and TRON Forum Sign Agreement to Advance IoT Development and InteroperabilityPress Release
- Referencing and upholding the World Trade Organization (WTO)â€™s Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement;
- Limiting and focusing the self-disclosure requirements for so-called â€œenterprise standardsâ€;
- Including more language on fair and open participation in standards development activities;
- Clarifying the circumstances under which one type of standard might become another type of standard; and
- Referencing the copyright law... Full Story
IEEE.org –November 15, 2017 - IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), today announced the signing of an agreement with the TRON Forum, a forum that supports a development project called TRON Project that addresses real-time architecture for embedded systems. The agreement transfers ownership of the TRON ÂµT-Kernel 2.0 to IEEE-SA and provides a license to TRON Forum for use of the intellectual property. The signing of this agreement is anticipated to greatly expand development and global utilization of the specification already sourced by more than 12,000 licensed IoT manufacturers and others worldwide...
The TRON Project is a project launched in 1984 by Prof. Ken Sakamura, now dean of the Faculty of Information Networking for Innovation and Design (INIAD) at Toyo University. The Project aims to build an open architecture for embedded systems. Rather than imposing a closed ecosystem of hardware and software requirements, its founders have defined a set of interfaces that ensure broad interoperability between the various devices supplied by different vendors...
The agreement signed by IEEE and TRON Forum allows the two parties to jointly develop IEEE standards based on the TRON Forum specification... Full StoryGoogle: Chrome is backing away from public key pinning, and here's whyLiam Tung
ZDNet –November 14, 2017 - Google has announced plans to deprecate Chrome support for HTTP public key pinning (HPKP), an IETF standard that Google engineers wrote to improve web security but now consider harmful.
HPKP, as described in IETF 7469, was designed to reduce the risk of a compromised Certificate Authority misissuing digital certificates for a site, allowing an attacker to perform a man-in-the-middle attack on encrypted Transport Layer Security (TLS) connections. Using HPKP, any website can tell browsers to remember, or 'pin', which public keys belong to a specific web server for a set period of time. After that, the browser ignores all other public keys for the set duration.
Currently Chrome, Firefox, and Opera are the only browsers that support HPKP, but Google's Chrome security team have announced plans to remove support for HPKP in Chrome 67, which is due for stable release around May 29, 2018.
Security researchers have highlighted a number of problems with HPKP, including the possibility for an attacker to install malicious pins or for a site operator to accidentally block visitors...
Ryan Sleevi, one of the Chrome members who wrote the standard, has since described pinning as "terrible", admitting it harms the ecosystem more than it helps it... Full StorySCO vs IBM: Never-ending Linux case springs back to life after surprise rulingGraeme Burton
The Inquirer –November 13, 2017 - NOW-DEFUNCT UNIX VENDOR SCO has won a surprise victory in the US Court of Appeals against systems giant IBM.
The victory will spark new life - not a lot, but some - into the company's intellectual property claims.
This particular judgement involves SCO's Project Monterey Unix development effort with IBM to create a version of Unix for 64-bit servers...Project Monterey - in which both SCO and IBM contributed code and know-how - proved too complex. Sequent and Intel were also involved.
SCO, though, as part of its machine-gunning of legal claims as it went down, claimed that IBM was never interested in Project Monterey and improperly incorporated code from the Project Monterey into its AIX version of Unix...
In the last legal round, SCO's claims were roundly rejected, but the Court of Appeals has ruled that the District Court's interpretation of what constitutes "misappropriation" and "tortious interference" was too narrow - and has sent the case back for them to try again...
However, the legal case - now in its 14th year - shouldn't concern Linux users unduly, but any ensuing payout will come out of IBM's shrinking pockets. Full StoryAfter a seven-year wait, PCI Express 4.0 will turbocharge your next PCJon Martindale
Digital Trends –November 10, 2017 - A new iteration of the humble PCI Express (PCIe) port could open up the floodgates for even more powerful graphics cards in the future, by increasing the available bandwidth by 100 percent. The new PCI Express 4.0 standard allows for the transfer of up to 64GBps in a duplex Ã—16 port.
PCI Express technology has improved by leaps and bounds over the past decade and a half. Itâ€™s gone through several iterations, each one doubling available bandwidth. That has helped improve the capabilities of single and multiple graphics card configurations, and has also enabled the use of high-speed solid state drives (SSD) in form factors like M.2... Full StoryGitLab Changes its Contributor Licensing to Better Serve Open-Source ProjectsPatricio Robles
Programmable Web –November 9, 2017 - Self-hosted Git repository management tool GitLab today announced that it is abandoning its Contributor Licensing Agreement (CLA) and adopting a Developer Certificate of Origin (DCO) and license.
According to the company, which claims 67% market share in the self-hosted Git market, "the DCO gives developers greater flexibility and portability for their contributions."
While CLAs have been an industry standard for open-source projects, many developers don't like CLAs because they require them to review and accept legal terms, often giving up some of their rights in the process...As a result of its change, the high-profile Debian and GNOME projects are planning to migrate to GitLab... Full Story