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New Resource: The Business Case for Digital Accessibility
–November 15, 2108 - The WAI Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has published The Business Case for Digital Accessibility.
It describes how accessibility can drive innovation, enhance your brand, extend market reach, and minimize legal risk. It includes direct and indirect benefits of accessibility and the risks of not addressing accessibility adequately. It provides case studies and examples that demonstrate how investment in accessibility is good for your organization... Full Story
Memorandum of Understanding between CEN, CENELEC and the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)Press Release
–November 15, 2108 - [CEN/CENELEC and ECSO have] co-signed a Memorandum of Understanding for future cooperation...to ensure that standardization from formally recognised European and international organisations is effectively considered as a basis for certifications schemes in the field of cybersecurity.
In September 2017, the European Commission adopted a Cybersecurity Package which builds upon existing instruments and presents new initiatives to further improve EU cyber resilience, deterrence and response. Within the Package, the European Commission has put forward a legislative proposal which foresees a permanent mandate for the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), as well as the creation of a EU certification framework for ICT security products - 'the cybersecurity act'...Today's Memorandum of Understanding represents the basis for a series of relevant actions: foster information sharing; enable a common understanding on standardization initiatives; develop a better understanding of industry needs; establish recommendations on certification schemes based on standards; and coordinate policy input on the Cybersecurity Package, as well as strategic priorities for the European Commissions' research and innovation agenda... Full Story
JRC stakeholder consultation on open source software and standardisation
–November 14, 2108 - In the context of the on-going Study on the interaction between Open Source Software and FRAND (Fair, Reasonable And Non-discriminatory) licensing in Standardisation we carry out a survey with interested stakeholder groups.
All interested parties are invited to complete the online questionnaire.
This project follows up the 2017 European Commission communication \'Setting out the EU approach to Standard Essential Patents\'.
The EC announced plans to \"work with stakeholders, open source communities and Standard Development Organizations for successful interaction between open source and standardisation, by means of studies and analysis\".
The study is important to provide evidence for the public policy measures in standardisation following the principles of the Communication on the ICT standardisation priorities for the Digital Single Market (2016)... Full Story
Industry's Fastest Storage Networking Speed Announced by Fibre Channel Industry AssociationPress Release
–November 13, 2108 - In a move that drives storage interconnect innovation for next-generation data centers, the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) today announced the INCITS T11 standards committee has completed the Fibre Channel Physical Interface (FC-PI-7) standard specifications for 64GFC by forwarding the document to the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) for publication. The completion of the 64GFC standard marks another successful milestone on the FCIA's Speed Roadmap, and is accompanied by seventh generation (Gen 7) INCITS T11 standard enhancements...At the time of FC-PI-7 publication, 64GFC will be the fastest single-lane serial transmission networking speed available, capable of delivering real world full-duplex storage bandwidth of 12,800 MB/s. Backwards compatibility is maintained for interconnections with 16GFC and 32GFC ports as well as continued use of the SFP form factor and cabling interface supporting 100-meter OM4 multi-mode fiber cable lengths which are prevalent in today's datacenters. Gen 7 Fibre Channel will seamlessly integrate into existing SAN infrastructures... Full Story
The International Standards Organization (ISO) Approves New Standard Based on Ghent Workgroup SpecificationPress Release
–November 12, 2108 - ...PDF files in packaging workflows commonly contain the design to be printed and elements that are not printed, yet are crucial to how the printed piece is going to be further processed. A prime example is cutting and folding information which is needed after printing, to cut a box to final format and fold it into its 3D shape. The Ghent Workgroup identified years ago that a lack of standardization in the way these â€œprocessing stepsâ€ elements were contained in PDF documents, were a hindrance to the acceptance of PDF as the standard format in such packaging workflows. Full Story
The Linux Foundation Announces Intent to Form New Foundation to Support GraphQLPress Release
–November 9, 2108 - The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announces a broad coalition of industry leaders and users have joined forces to create a new open source foundation for the GraphQL project, which will be dedicated to growing and sustaining a neutral GraphQL ecosystem. Hosted under the Linux Foundation, the GraphQL Foundation\'s mission will be to enable widespread adoption and help accelerate development of GraphQL and the surrounding ecosystem...
GraphQL is a nextÂ-generation API technology developed internally by Facebook in 2012 before being publicly open sourced in 2015. As application development shifts towards microservices architectures with an emphasis on flexibility and speed to market, tools like GraphQL are redefining API design and client-server interaction to improve the developer experience, increasing developer productivity and minimizing amounts of data transferred. GraphQL makes cross-platform and mobile development simpler with availability in multiple programming languages, allowing developers to create seamless user experiences for their customers... Full Story
ADAF - an Open Source Digital Standards Repository for Africa â€“ Launches in KenyaCryptoDavid
–November 8, 2108 - Digital assets provide an easy and more secure way of doing business and Africa is quickly benefiting from these new economies of trade...
Currently, Intra-Africa trade stands at 16 percent, but with the AfCTA agreement, it is expected to jump to 52 percent by 2022.
The Need for a Common Digital Standard
The ambitious initiative to form a continental common market in a digital era however creates some challenges when it comes to standards. Mobile phones and digital assets are allowing cross-border trade and this is only expected to grow.
However, we lack a common African standard or guideline to enable cross-border trade and digital assets transfer across Africa and the diaspora. This is where ADAF comes in... Full Story
ITU to set standards for 5G next yearNaushad K. Cherrayil
–November 7, 2108 - The standard for Fifth Generation mobile technology (5G) will be set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) by the end of next year...ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said that the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), scheduled for October 2019 in Egypt, will fix the basic standards and the spectrum for 5G, with the whole package expected to be complete by 2020 for a service that will be available for the next 10 years... Full Story
UK COURT OF APPEAL UPHOLDS FRAND INJUNCTIONNatasha Nayak
–November 6, 2018 - Last week, the UK Court of Appeal upheld the findings of the High Court in an important case regarding standard essential patents (SEPs). Of particular significance, the Court of Appeal upheld the finding that the defendant, an implementer of SEPs, could have the sale of its products enjoined in the UK unless it enters into a global licensing deal on terms deemed by the court to be fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND). The case is noteworthy not least because the threat of an injunction of this sort has become increasingly rare in other jurisdictions, arguably resulting in an imbalance in bargaining power between patent holders and implementers.
The case concerned patents held by Unwired Planet (most of which had been purchased from Ericsson) that it had declared to be essential to the operation of various telecommunications standards. Chinese telecom giant Huawei had incorporated these patented technologies in its products but disputed the legitimacy of Unwired Planetâ€™s (UP) patents and refused to license them on the terms that were offered... Full Story
It's been a week since engineers approved a new DNS encryption standard and everyone is still yellingKieren McCarthy
–November 5, 2108 - Last week, amid some acrimony, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) formally adopted a new encryption standard for the internet naming systems.
But far from the approval of RFC 8484, better known as DNS-over-HTTPS or DoH, putting the issue to bed, it has stirred up a hornet's nest of upset among internet engineers that shows no signs of calming down.
Indeed, those for the DoH standard and those set against it appear to have become increasingly entrenched in their views, with disagreement spilling over into conferences and the tech press...
The dispute has drawn in respected engineers from across the globe â€“ many of them arguing in public over DoH and in many cases, their preferred alternative, DoT â€“ DNS over TLS... Full Story