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Tuesday, June 27 2017 @ 09:33 PM 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.
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“The garden is a good place for testing technology
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Latest NewsOn cyber, Trump team needs this Dodd-Frank piece to succeedAlan D. GrodyThe Hill
June 27, 2017 - The U.S. Treasury’s common sense regulatory initiative, "A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities Banks and Credit Unions," includes a cybersecurity initiative that would have financial regulatory agencies standardize cyber security regulations. It also includes using a "common lexicon" to aid in that effort....The most critical data standard in financial cyberspace is that which describes the identity of large scale financial market participants. They, as well as corporations and other commercial users, use large payment systems to conduct business and pass value payments between themselves.A unique, unambiguous and universal identity code is critical as the first line of defense in preventing cybersecurity breaches. Hardening that identity so that it is unalterable, using encryption, public/private keys, hashing and other more advanced cryptology techniques should follow....To this end, the Office of Financial Research’s (OFR’s) legal entity identifier (LEI) initiative is well on its way to becoming that underlying identity code,...The OFR was created through the Dodd-Frank Act, which House Republicans want to replace with The Financial CHOICE Act. This act would eliminate the OFR. The rationale for eliminating the OFR focuses almost exclusively on its economic analysis function which, it is claimed, is duplicative of analysis done by multiple federal agencies.
This rationale fails to recognize the OFR’s key role in driving data standards throughout the financial system, a fundamental requirement for organizing data — particularly, identity data — to prevent cybersecurity breaches.... ...Full Story
Insurance industry making the leap to blockchain
Business Insurance June 26, 2017 - Blockchain is making inroads into the insurance sector with the announcement of new initiatives aimed at expanding the use of the digital ledger technology.
Last week’s news of the initiative between American International Group Inc. and Standard Chartered Bank P.L.C. was the latest in a recent run of activity around the insurance sector’s potential use for the budding technology.
AIG and Standard Chartered, together with IBM, said they had used blockchain technology to create a multinational “smart contract” by converting a multinational, controlled master policy written in the United Kingdom and three local policies in the United States, Singapore and Kenya, into a format that provides a shared view of policy data and documentation in real-time, allowing visibility into coverage and premium payment at the local and master level as well as automated notifications to network participants following payment events.
Third parties, such as brokers, auditors and other stakeholders, can also be included, giving them a view of the policy and payment data and documentation. The pilot solution was built by IBM and is based on Hyperledger Fabric — a blockchain framework and one of the Hyperledger projects hosted by The Linux Foundation.
Results were promising, according to observers.... ...Full Story
China Is Driving To 5G And IoT Through Global Collaboration
Forbes June 23, 2017 - Telecoms and cloud service providers are gearing up for two of the largest functional changes in decades: The Internet of Things (IoT) which is happening now and 5G which is on the horizon. Both will require substantial investments in capital and operations for today’s networks to be competitive and thrive in this connected future. No single vendor can deliver the full stack, and proprietary technologies will not keep pace with these future needs. This transformation will be delivered in virtualized (not physical) technologies, open source and multivendor, relying on significant integration work across many in the industry to be successful. Chinese players like China Mobilenull +0%, Huaweinull +0% and ZTEnull +0% are emerging as leaders in this space, through something not traditionally expected from the region: global collaboration.... ...Full Story
New Open Standard Makes Home Connection Simpler
Semcon.com June 22, 2017 - The lack of joint standards makes home connection of products expensive and awkward. Semcon and Husqvarna have evaluated the new Bluetooth Mesh as part of their GRASS research project. The results show benefits in terms of range, simplicity and economy – and opportunities for broad usage.... ...Full Story
How open source is advancing the Semantic Web
OpenSource.com June 21, 2017 - The Semantic Web, a term coined by World Wide Web (WWW) inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, refers to the concept that all the information in all the websites on the internet should be able to interoperate and communicate. That vision, of a web of knowledge that supplies information to anyone who wants it, is continuing to emerge and grow.
In the first generation of the WWW, Web 1.0, most people were consumers of content, and if you had a web presence it was comprised of a series of static pages conveyed in HTML. Websites had guest books and HTML forms, powered by Perl and other server-side scripting languages, that people could fill out. While HTML provides structure and syntax to the web, it doesn't provide meaning; therefore Web 1.0 couldn't inject meaning into the vast resources of the WWW.
Next came Web 2.0 and the emergence of user-generated content like blogs, wikis, video sharing, social media, and so forth. Dynamically generated content created two-way interaction. Sites like Flickr and Twitter employed user-generated tags (called folksonomies) to organize content into categories. While this represented a vast improvement in both interface and interaction over Web 1.0, it's not the full level of interactivity envisioned by Berners-Lee's definition of the Semantic Web.
The urgency to realize the Semantic Web has gained steam with the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT), as each of these devices forms a web of semantic data that can be queried with appropriate tools. The intersection of artificial intelligence, big data, the IoT, and connected web technologies is creating the opportunity to derive more meaning and context from the data we share in our increasingly interconnected world. As this web of data continues to grow, we need software tools and frameworks to create and read this information...How does a web page distinguish information? How can my web content literally talk to other content in a way that the receiver knows my intent? How can information in a wiki's text and multimedia files, for example, be queried to determine what active projects took place in 2016? One open source tool that enables this type of interaction is Semantic MediaWiki.... ...Full Story
Opening up the way to industry transformation
GTB.com June 20, 2017 - There’s a deep cultural change rolling through the industry. The way things have been done for the past century and a half – with vendors and operators doing their own R&D and competing vigorously – is being replaced by a new spirit of collaboration. At the heart of this is the move to software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) – two abbreviations that mean, in short, using IT industry-standard hardware in the network with software to define and run the services...[Historically,} Operators were usually locked in. If you had opted for Siemens switches in your network then it was a big task to introduce Ericsson or Alcatel alongside them. Now, the watchword across the industry is “open source”: software is free, developed by volunteers from the industry, and used by all who want to on standard hardware that is created by IT giants. Competition – for there will still be competition – has moved to different levels...
Full article: https://www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/article/b13bt7b66lqc2h/opening-up-the-way-to-industry-transformation?copyrightInfo=true
Visit http://www.euromoney.com/reprints for additional distribution rights. For more articles like this, follow us @euromoney on Twitter. ...Full Story
World needs 1.8 million more cyber-security pros in the next five years
V3 June 19, 2017 - Companies and organisations across the world will need another 1.8 million more cyber-security pros to protect themselves by 2022.
That's according to market researchers Frost and Sullivan. The deficit of security pros is revealed in the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study that the organisation has spent some time putting together...
Two-thirds of respondents said that they did not have enough skilled workers in-house to cope with current threats, and it's fair to assume that current threats are only going to get worse... ...Full Story
Potent malware targets electricity systems
Business Standard June 16, 2017 - Hackers have developed powerful malware that can shut down electricity distribution systems and possibly other critical infrastructure, two cyber security firms announced today, with one report linking it to Russia.
Slovakia-based ESET said the malware is the most powerful threat to appear since Stuxnet, the hacking tool used to sabotage Iran's nuclear program believed developed by US and Israeli intelligence...
The company said Industroyer's potent threat is that it works using the communication protocols designed decades ago and built into energy, transportation, water and gas systems around the world...
Making use of these poorly-secured protocols, Industroyer can take direct control of electricity substation switches and circuit breakers, giving hackers the ability to shut down power distribution and damage equipment. ...Full Story
Public sector benefits from LibreOffice bug hunting
EU Joinup June 15, 2017 - The software development community working on LibreOffice have greatly scaled up their bug-hunting efforts, using automated software test tools made available by Google. Beneficiaries include the many European public administrations that use up-to-date versions of this suite of office productivity tools.
The Internet search engine giant is sharing some of its computing capacity to help open source projects find bugs. This markedly increases the number of tests, and so turns up software problems much faster...These tests are helping to improve the upcoming next version of LibreOffice, says Michael Meeks. All users of LibreOffice, including the many European public sector organisations, can reap the benefits. “If they stay up-to-date”, he adds. “Public administrations should make sure they have support and long-term maintenance for LibreOffice.” ...Full Story
Deadline Approaching: ANSI Nominations for 2017 Leadership and Service Awards
ANSI.org June 14, 2017 - Reminder: Nominations due by Friday, June 16, for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)’s 2017 Leadership and Service Awards. The awards, which are presented in conjunction with World Standards Week (WSW) 2017, honor individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs and have consistently demonstrated a commitment to their industry, their nation, and the enhancement of the global standards system... ...Full Story