Latest NewsEU challenges US hegemony in global internet governanceCécile BarbièreEurActiv
December 18, 2013 - French lawmakers, supported by the EU's Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes, are pressing the European Union to stand up more firmly against American domination in cyberspace....“The European Union is not present enough in the different international fora on Internet governance although the future of the Internet is a significant challenge,” said Catherine Morin-Desailly, vice-president of the EU Affairs Committee in the French Senate....
“Only the EU has the necessary power to influence this new cyberspace where the USA dominates,” she added.
The MPs’ concerns stem largely from the massive and illegal wiretapping done by the Americans which were revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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One European copyright law-to-rule-them-all? EU launches review
The Register December 18, 2013 - The European Commission is seeking industry views on whether to completely harmonise copyright laws across the EU....Respondents are being asked for views on matters ranging from the accessibility of digital content across the trading bloc, limitations and exceptions to copyright protection and remuneration for rights holders.
However, it is also consulting on whether to set copyright rules that apply consistently across the whole of the EU...."Some see this as the only manner in which a truly Single Market for content protected by copyright can be ensured,"...The Commission has also asked whether the act of linking to copyrighted material should require the permission of rights-holders.... ...Full Story
Switch to open source successfully completed, city of Munich says
PCWorld December 17, 2013 - Munich’s switch to open-source software has been successfully completed, with the vast majority of the public administration’s users now running its own version of Linux, city officials said Thursday.
In one of the premier open-source software deployments in Europe, the city migrated from Windows NT to LiMux, its own Linux distribution. LiMux incorporates a fully open-source desktop infrastructure. The city also decided to use the Open Document Format (ODF) as a standard, instead of proprietary options....As of November last year, the city saved more than €11.7 million (US$16.1 million) because of the switch. More recent figures were not immediately available, but cost savings were not the only goal of the operation. It was also done to be less dependent on manufacturers, product cycles and proprietary OSes, the council said Thursday.... ...Full Story
Christmas comes early for the Open Document Faithful (ODF)
Public Sector IT December 16, 2013 - The UK government has spruced its open document policy up for Christmas.
The Cabinet Office began a public consultation on open document formats this week, three and a half years after it came to power promising they would be one of the first things it delivered....The Cabinet Office Open Standards Board issued a "challenge" for public comment on a proposal this week that government documents be published in a format that anyone can read....[Meanwhile,]
The European Commission is meanwhile coming to the latest break point in contracts that have made Microsoft the sole supplier of desktop office and operating software for more than 20 years. The Commission had been aspiring to find an open format alternative to Microsoft standards even when it signed the first contract to buy Microsoft Office in 1992.... ...Full Story
Consortium Advances Spatial Computing Standard
HPCWire December 13, 2013 - A new programming standard, called the Open Spatial Programming Language (or OpenSPL), debuted today “to enable the next generation of high performance parallel spatial computers.”
The open standard was developed by the Open Spatial Programming Language (OpenSPL) consortium, which formed to promote the use of spatial computing among a wide set of users and to standardize the OpenSPL language. The overarching goal of the consortium is for spatial computing to become the industry standard for mission critical computations.... ...Full Story
XML Everywhere Perhaps the most versatile and underappreciated standard in the world is XML, the all purpose foundation for describing just about anything, from human resources data to advertising copy treatment to the presentation of chemical formulae to you name it - hundreds of domain specific schema in all. Here's another.
Etihad Cargo implements XML standard
Trade Arabia December 13, 2013 - Etihad Cargo, a part of UAE's flag carrier Etihad Airways, has implemented Cargo-XML, the International Air Transport Association’s (Iata) new technology standard for air cargo communications.
Developed collaboratively with industry stakeholders, Cargo-XML removes the requirement for cargo paper documentation, otherwise known as an Air Waybill, said Iata in a statement.
The technology is now used by a growing number of airlines and other air cargo supply chain stakeholders, including shippers, freight forwarders, ground-handling agents, regulators as well as customs and security agencies, it stated.... ...Full Story
Where Did ODF Disappear to? (And How to Fix it)
ComputerWorld.uk December 12, 2013 - Readers with good memories may remember various key fights over the years that were largely about ODF and OOXML. The first round culminated in the extraordinarily shoddy fast-tracking of OOXML through the ISO standards process. Then we had a big battle over open standards in general, which also involved ODF and OOXML, where the UK government performed a dizzying series of U-turns.
That was over two years ago, and it struck me that after years of sound and fury, and all the work the open source community put into supporting ODF and open standards, we have recently heard nothing about the use of ODF by the UK government. That is, OOXML seems to have won be default....But now, it seems, we are to have another chance to persuade the UK government to provide a level playing field for open standards, open source and ODF:... ...Full Story
Interview with Adobe's open web standards guru
Jen Wike/Vincent Hardy
OpenSource.com December 12, 2013 - Vincent Hardy is Adobe's Director of Engineering for the Web Platform. He uses CSS to power projects that improve open standards for the web....
How do open standards and open source work together to create powerful tools?
There are many ways that open standards and open source reinforce each other. The most important being the community in my opinion. Because things are discussed, specified, and built in the open, there is a lot of expertise and knowledge sharing, which helps spread and strengthen the technology and its implementations.... ...Full Story
5.0 out of 5 stars Book shows science background
B. R. Finer
Amazon Reader Reviews December 11, 2013 - It's fun to read a book by someone you know but rare to find one so professionally done by a first timer. Very well developed thoughts and language. A cross between mystery and espionage with what seems like sci-fi (but probably isn't). GIve it a go!! ...Full Story
AllSeen Alliance adopts open-source framework for the Internet of Things
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
ZDNet.com December 11, 2013 - The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, continued to spread its philosophy of collaborative development by announcing the formation of the AllSeen Alliance, the broadest industry consortium to date to advance adoption and interoperability in the “Internet of Everything” in homes and industry....It's important to note that while AllJoyn needs networking to work, it's not a networking protocol, it's meant to ride on top of the network stack. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G, Ethernet, whatever, AllJoyn will run on whatever network your home or office uses.
Nor, is it operating system dependant. AllJoyn is written in C++, and provides multiple language bindings and complete implementations across various operating systems and chipsets. For example, AllJoyin already includes software development kits (SDK)s for Android, iOS, Mac OS X, and Windows RT.... ...Full Story