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IEC\'s E-Tech Highlights First International Standards Committee for Entire AI Ecosystem
–May 23, 2018 - ...in 2017, IEC and ISO became the first international standards development organizations (SDOs) to set up a joint committee (ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42) which will carry out standardization activities for artificial intelligence...
Q: The scope of AI is very broad. How will SC 42 approach these diverse aspects and areas of work?
A: â€œOne of the unique things about what IEC and ISO are doing through SC 42 is that we are looking at the entire ecosystem and not just one technical aspect. Combined with the breadth of application areas covered in IEC and ISO technical committees (TCs), this will provide a comprehensive approach to AI standardization with IT and domain experts.â€..
Q: What key areas will be focused on initially?
A:SC 42 is mandated to serve as the focus and proponent for JTC 1 standardization programme on AI and provide guidance to JTC 1, IEC, and ISO committees developing AI applications. During the meeting, it set up a structure to allow the ecosystem approach that will include:
- Foundational standards (Working Group 1)...
- Computational approaches and characteristics of AI systems (Study Group 1)...
- Trustworthiness (Study Group 2)...
- Use cases and applications (Study Group 3)...
- Big data -
JTC 1 will transfer the work programme for big data (JTC 1/WG 9) to SC 42... Full Story
Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Unveils Common Blockchain StandardsStan Higgins
–May 22, 2018 - The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance announced the release of a common technical specification on Wednesday, fulfilling a pledge the group made less than a month ago at an event in London.
Enterprise Ethereum Client Specification 1.0, unveiled during CoinDesk\'s Consensus 2018 conference in New York, comes weeks after Jeremy Millar, a founding board member of the 500-plus-member group, spoke about the importance of common standards as a way to connect development efforts across the enterprise-focused, ethereum-based initiative... Full Story
Axoni, Clearmatics Claim Milestone for Blockchain InteroperabilityIan Allison
–May 21, 2018 - Two of the most prominent startups in enterprise blockchain are teaming up to tackle the hard, but now seemingly inescapable problem of interoperability...The milestone is important because interoperability is now emerging as a key design goal of distributed ledger technology (DLT).
While the financial world may be moving from a state of many ledgers to fewer ones, blockchain architects have come to realize that trades, deals and transactions will probably never be originated, processed and settled by a single, monolithic system... Full Story
New ASC X9 standard improves cost-efficiency for data encryption
–May 18, 2018 - The Accredited Standards Committee X9 Inc. has announced the publication of a new standard that defines requirements for using a particular method of preserving formatting in the encryption of financial services data.
The X9.124 standard defines a collection of format-preserving encryption methods for financial services. According to a press release, FPE is useful in situations where fixed-format data, such as primary account numbers or Social Security numbers, must be encrypted, but there is a requirement to limit changes to existing communication protocols, database schemata or application code.
Encryption has historically been expensive to deploy in real-world systems because of the need to alter existing systems and applications. The benefit of FPE techniques is that system modifications are kept to a minimum. IT equipment vendors, banks, and retailers are some of the sectors that will benefit from X9.124-2, the release said,,, Full Story
China Government Begins Blockchain Standards Creation, Eyes 2019 DeadlineAngelo Bowers
–May 17, 2018 - The China Center for Information Industry Development (CCID), an arm of China\'s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, announced the creation of the Global Public Chain Assessment Index - a set of criteria for public blockchains for research and development purposes...
Global Public Chain Assessment Index, which brings together experts in government, academia and industry, was unveiled at a conference in Beijing and shows how confident China is in the future of blockchain and crypto.
The criteria for project identification would involve having its own independent main chain, open source code, its node can be freely created, project\'s website page is available and members can be contacted, and must have a published block explorer to track the information.
After abandoning cryptocurrency trading and all related activities in the country, China has accelerated its plans for the development of blockchain technology. Moreover, the standards will also look towards the implementation of the blockchain technology across sectors encompassing several decentralized designs...the initiative will see the development of an independent rating system - much like a Moody\'s or Standard & Poor - for the blockchain space... Full Story
The Cash Consortium Launches Open Standard Initiative for Bitcoin Cash
Website of the just-announced C2 Consortium –May 16, 2018 - This week a Bitcoin Cash organization was founded called the Cash Consortium (C2) that aims to be a technical group framed off of the World Wide Web Consortiumâ€™s (W3C) open standards. C2 is an international community that intends to bolster open standard development in order to provide long-term Bitcoin Cash growth...The Cash Consortium will have engineers from leading companies to work together to build Bitcoin Cash (BCH) development standards much like how developers build on the open web with shared concepts like HTML...
At the moment organizations that are listed as members of C2 include Cointext, Atlantis Labs, Akari Global Foundation, the Bitcoin Cash Fund, Bitbox, Blockpress, Centbee, and the social network Yours... Full Story
ISO to introduce privacy standards for consumer goods
SC Media –May 15, 2018 - Cyber-security professionals have long been lamenting the lack standards in consumer goods accessing the internet, bringing vulnerabilities that undermine the data security of the individual and their employers.
Consequently the International Standards Organisation (ISO) has brought together a team of privacy experts to develop the first set of preventative international guidelines to ensure consumer privacy is embedded into the design of a product or service, intended to offer protection throughout the whole life cycle. The new ISO project committee, ISO/PC 317, Consumer protection: privacy by design for consumer goods and services, will develop guidelines that are intended to both enforce compliance with regulations and generate greater consumer trust... Full Story
Blockchain isn't ready for enterprise primetime. Here's what will get it thereJames Kobelius
–May 15, 2018 - Blockchain is rapidly rising up the enterprise priority stack, though as we noted recently, it's still got a way to go before itâ€™s widely deployed in business...
In part because of this immaturity and the lack of a blockchain killer app in the general business market, many C-level executives are keeping their distance from this technology for the time being.
Wikibon believes that to be considered mature enough for broad enterprise deployment, a commercial blockchain platform would need to meet the following criteria:
- Blockchain solutions should be general-purpose in their ability to be deployed into a wide range of industries, business functions and other application domains.
- They should be deployable into private clouds, public clouds and various multicloud deployments of a hybrid, B2B and community-wide nature.
- They should be able integrate seamless with enterprise investments in other data, transaction, security and other platforms.
- They should be standardized within a dominant open-source community with wide representation...
Of the principal blockchain projects, only the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Fabric is likely to become the standardized foundation for truly enterprise-grade open-source blockchains... Full Story
A new Wi-Fi standard could let different mesh routers work togetherJacob Kastrenakes
–May 14, 2018 - Over the past three years, mesh routers - which allow you to combine two, three, or even more routers into a single network to blanket your home with Wi-Fi - have become increasingly popular. But they've all had one major limitation: you have to buy all of your routers from the same company. That means if you ever wanted or needed to switch brands, you'd have to buy every unit over again.
But that may be about to change. The Wi-Fi Alliance, which oversees the use of Wi-Fi standards, is introducing a new standard called EasyMesh, which will allow router manufacturers to make mesh routers that work with mesh routers from other companies. As long as both routers support EasyMesh, you'll be able to put them on the same network... Full Story
ANSI Celebrates 100 Years Leading the Collaborative U.S. Standardization System
–May 11, 2018 - During its centennial gala celebration on May 8 at Union Station in Washington, DC, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) unveiled its commissioned 100th anniversary art piece, a large showcase of memorabilia items that reflect the Institute's leadership, its membership contributions, and its evolution as coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standards and conformance system to support a stronger nation and safer world...In honor of its milestone year, ANSI has published an anniversary webpage, www.ansi.org/100, displaying historical content, congratulatory letters from Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, event information, and a growing set of educational tools and videos. An interactive Web version of the ANSI centennial artwork will be published via the anniversary page in the coming weeks... Full Story