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Thursday, September 18 2014 @ 12:43 AM CDT
Friday, January 10 2014 @ 01:47 PM CST
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Ask someone of a certain age today how politically engaged they think young adults are, and they’re likely to respond “not very.” And in fact, the current U.S. political system is dysfunctional enough that someone of any age could be forgiven for simply turning away in disgust. Of course, that does no one any good. Or, as we used to say back in the 1960’s, “If you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem.”
All of which makes me happy to bring your attention to a Web site called Ideas Today, Politics Tomorrow, for which my daughter Nora is a staff writer. She writes primarily about foreign affairs, and like everyone else at the site (including the founders), she’s unpaid.
Tuesday, November 02 2010 @ 12:01 AM CDT
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Better run for cover . . . it's Election Day in the USA
Heaven help us all (all us Americans, anyway) — it's election time again. That means we've once again descended into a morass of partisan invective, not to mention lies, damn lies, and (of course) statistics. Except that this election year it seems that everyone is behaving even worse than last time, when everyone acted even worse than the time before, when, well, do you sense a trend here?
One hallmark of this year's political "discourse" (to abuse a term) has been the number of astonishingly angry and ill-informed accusations made by some candidates against their opponents (and others). Nothing unusual about that, sad to say. But what is different is the degree of acceptance, and even approval, exhibited by many voters that in earlier years might have rejected these candidates as well as their statements.
Monday, September 27 2010 @ 12:03 AM CDT
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Have you discovered The Alexandria Project?
Page through a major newspaper (remember newspapers?) today like the New York Times, and you’re likely to run into two enormous ads, one by Google (almost two full pages) and one by AOL (a full two pages). Leaving aside the irony of Google advertising in a form of media that it has almost competed out of existence, there’s something potentially transformative going on here that’s worth exploring.
Thursday, May 21 2009 @ 05:52 AM CDT
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Saturday, July 26 2008 @ 05:14 AM CDT
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Ever since Steve Jobs addressed the adoring crowds at this year's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, the press, Apple fans - and most especially, Apple investors - have been concerned over the state of his health. The reasons are obvious: Five years ago, Jobs announced that he had been diagnosed, and cured, of a rare and happily less pernicious form of pancreatic cancer (the more common variety is almost never discovered before it has become incurable). And, when Jobs took the stage this June, he was far thinner and more haggard than he had ever looked before.
Since then, although rumors have swirled, Apple has refused to state whether or not Jobs has had a recurrence of his cancer - or disclose any meaningful details at all. Even on calls with securities analysts, Apple's response has only been that "Steve's health is a private matter."
Thus you might think that if you were a journalist, and you got a call from Steve Jobs yourself, giving you, and you only, the private scoop on the status of his health, you might feel like a pretty lucky guy, and take that news to the public within whatever constraints you had agreed to with the Apple CEO. Or would you write a different story entirely, and bury that news in the penultimate paragraph of a long story, and write at length instead about how stockholders were entitled to know the news that you had just buried?
With that lead in, you can guess which way New York Times business page columnist Joe Nocera called the coin toss. So here's the good news about Steve Jobs (up front), and the bad news about a Journalistic decision.
Quote of the Day
“It’s time to treat our digital ecosystem the way we do public health
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Latest NewsGlobal security association helps translate NIST frameworkDan VertonFedScoop
September 18, 2014 - The Information Security Forum, a U.K.-based association of leading companies from around the world, released a “mapping” document Monday that for the first time helps companies that currently use the ISF’s standard of good practice—known simply as the standard—to guide their information security programs to know if they are in compliance with the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology’s cybersecurity framework....ISF’s standard of good practice is one of the most comprehensive guides for information security in the world. More than half of ISF’s 300 member companies are included in the Fortune 500 and span more than a dozen countries.... ...Full Story
'Open and Libre Office projects should reunite'
EU Joinup September 18, 2014 - The software developers working on Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice - two closely related suites of open source office productivity tools - should overcome their schism and unite to compete with the ubiquitous proprietary alternative, urges Daniel Brunner, head of the IT department of Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court. Merging the two projects will convince more public administrations to use the open source office suite, he believes.
The current division between the two groups risks creating more instead of less incompatibilities, Brunner warned last week, speaking at the LibreOffice conference, which took place in the Swiss city of Bern. "I had to test this presentation in both suites, to see if it would work."
The Swiss Federal Supreme Court uses OpenOffice, but according to Brunner would benefit from the improved document filters that are available in LibreOffice. However, the former suite is more stable and is available on mobile computing platforms, he says, while the latter benefits from a bigger community of developers, introducing more new features.... ...Full Story
TC260 Releases Two Critical Information Security Cloud Computing Standards
USITO.org Weekly September 17, 2014 - According to an official statement on the Technical Committee 260 (TC260) website, two important national standards for cloud computing have officially been released and approved by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and the Standardization Administration of China (SAC):
"Information Security Technology - Security Capability Requirements of Cloud Computing Services" (GB/T 31168-2014)
"Information Security Technology - Security Guide of Cloud Computing Services" (GB/T 31167-2014)... ...Full Story
Patents and Standards, or: How a Court Case Will Affect Our Everyday Lives
CircleID September 17, 2014 - ...Unnoticed by the wider public, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the case Huawei v. ZTE will be hearing argument on 11 September on an issue important for the continued viability of open standards. The case will examine conditions under which an owner of a patent covering one aspect of the standard essential technology can seek an injunction which will most likely result in the entire standard becoming blocked. The CJEU's ruling may have far-reaching impact not just on the telecommunication standard at issue, but also on technology available to consumers....The pivotal question being presented to the CJEU is this: Can an SEP holder who made a FRAND commitment as part of a standardization process thereafter seek to block a user's access to his standard-essential technology, if that user has declared its willingness to negotiate and take a license on FRAND terms.... ...Full Story
NIST Helps Develop New Standard for Microsensor Technology
NIST Techbeat September 17, 2014 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has contributed to the development of a new standard for defining the performance of micromechanical sensors—a field that is expected to expand rapidly in coming decades as these versatile sensors increasingly become part of electronic networks.
The IEEE 2700-2014 Standard for Sensor Performance Parameter Definitions, now available from the IEEE Standards Association, provides a common methodology for specifying the performance of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) in the consumer electronics industry. The standard includes specifications for a wide range of devices, including accelerometers, gyroscopes, barometers and proximity sensors....MEMS are a class of tiny machines, typically far less than a millimeter in size, that combine moving parts or sensors with electronic components. MEMS already are used widely, for example, as motion detectors in tablet computers or as triggers for automobile collision airbags. Their use is expected to grow as sensing devices on buildings, vehicles and elsewhere are linked to computer networks to create the “Internet of Things.” The diversity of these sensing devices demands new industry standards to ensure their compatibility.... ...Full Story
OECD unveils public sector innovation portal
EU Joinup September 16, 2014 - The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in June unveiled a new portal for innovation in the public sector, the 'Observatory of Public Sector Innovation'. The observatory is to collect, share and analyse examples of public sector innovation and to provide practical advice to countries on how to make innovations work....The Observatory is led by a Task Force compromising [sic] 21 OECD countries,... ...Full Story
New Forensic Subcommittee on Digital Evidence Added to Organization of Scientific Area Committees
NIST Techbeat September 16, 2014 - Digital evidence, one of the fastest growing areas of forensic science, will now have its own subcommittee in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-administered Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). NIST is establishing the OSAC to identify and develop national standards and guidelines for forensic science practitioners to strengthen forensic science in the United States.
Forensic science practitioners, academic researchers and others with expertise in digital evidence are encouraged to apply for one of up to 20 voting positions on the new Digital Evidence Subcommittee by Sept. 30, 2014. Those who previously applied for membership on other subcommittees should reapply if they wish to be considered for the Digital Evidence Subcommittee....Digital evidence also will be a priority for the NIST-sponsored Forensic Science Center of Excellence, which will be dedicated to collaborative, interdisciplinary research. NIST is accepting applications from accredited institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations through Dec. 11. 2014.... ...Full Story
DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore
The Register September 15, 2014 - The US National Science Foundation, Cisco, Verisign, Panasonic and boffins from around the world have thrown their weight behind a new “Named Data Networking Consortium” that aims to develop “a practically deployable set of protocols replacing TCP/IP that increases network trustworthiness and security, addresses the growing bandwidth requirements of modern content, and simplifies the creation of sophisticated distributed applications.”...Work on the Named Data Networking (NDN) has been going on for some time: the National Science Foundation has been pumping in cash since 2010. The significance of this launch is that industry is now involved, and the consortium is committed to producing open-source software to take researchers' work beyond the hypothetical....The consortium says today's internet lacks security because it “ … was designed as a communication network so the only entities that could be named in its packets were communication endpoints.”.
Under NDN, the name in a packet “can be anything — an endpoint, a chunk of movie or book, a ...The consortium also says its approach won't break the current internet,... ...Full Story
Consortium to focus on developing a new architecture for the internet
domain-b.com September 15, 2014 - Launching a critical new phase in developing the Internet of the future, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) will host a consortium of universities and leading technology companies to promote the development and adoption of Named Data Networking....NDN is an emerging internet architecture that promises to increase network security, accommodate growing bandwidth requirements and simplify the creation of increasingly sophisticated applications....Other founding academic members of the NDN project are UC San Diego, Colorado State University, the University of Arizona, the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, the University of Memphis, the University of Michigan and Washington University in St. Louis....Among the industry partners planning to participate are Verisign, Cisco Systems and Panasonic. They will be joined by representatives from Anyang University (Korea), Tongji University and Tsinghua University (China), the University of Basel (Switzerland) and Waseda University (Japan)....The NDN team's goal is to build a replacement for Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol, or TCP / IP, the current underlying approach to all communication over the internet.... ...Full Story
CNITS Creates Big Data Standardization Working Group
USITO.org Weekly September 15, 2014 - The China National Information Technology Standardization Technical Committee (CNITS) has established a Big Data Standardization Working Group responsible for drafting and optimizing big data-related standards, and carrying out research on big data related technology and standards. The international counterpart of the working group is ISO/IEC JTC 1/SG 2 Study Group on Big Data, according to a notice on the CNITS website....
In the same notice, CNITS announced that it is currently recruiting members for the Working Group. The notice states that any independent legal entity in China is qualified to apply for membership, but companies not registered in China or controlled by foreign stakeholders can only apply for observer status.... ...Full Story