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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 need to adopt ODF is a no-brainer
-Nico Westpalm van Hoorn, chairman of the Netherlands government body responsible for selecting IT standards for government See all Quotes
Latest NewsEclipse Group Launches Second IoT ChallengeJohn K. WatersADT Mag.com
December 1, 2015 - The Eclipse Foundation's Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group has announced the second edition of its Open IoT Challenge, which pits individuals and teams of developers against each other to see who can create the most innovative IoT solutions using open standards and open source technologies.
Anyone can participate in the Challenge, and any participant can win, but 15 projects will be selected to receive hardware starter kits, access to cloud services, and technical support.... ...Full Story
HPC Leaders Form OpenHPC Collaborative Project
DE November 30, 2015 - The Linux Foundation, an organization dedicated to accelerating Linux adoption and collaborative development, has helped form the OpenHPC Collaborative Project at SC15. This consortium will work to provide a new, open-source framework to support HPC (high-performance computing) environments.
The framework, according to the organization, will consist of upstream product components, tools and interconnections to enable the software stack. This community plans on providing an integrated and validated collection of HPC components that can offer a full-featured reference HPC software stack for developers, system administrators and users.
The outline of OpenHPC is to:
- Create a stable environment for testing and validation;
- Reduce costs;
- Provide a robust and diverse open-source software stack;
- Develop a flexible framework for configuration.... ...Full Story
NIST Offers Guidance on Using Technology to Prevent Intrusions, Malware
NISO.org November 30, 2015 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a guide to deploying automated application whitelisting to help thwart malicious software from gaining access to organizations’ computer systems. Guide to Application Whitelisting (Special Publication 800-167) explains the basics of the technology and provides step-by-step instructions.
Automated application whitelisting regulates what software can load onto an organization’s network. It is one of a number of techniques that can help prevent malware infections, and it complements other security technologies that are part of an enterprise’s defense-in-depth resources.... ...Full Story
MIIT Vice Minister Huai Provides Overview of Big Data Strategy
USITO.org November 25, 2015 - Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Vice Minister Huai Jinpeng participated in a discussion forum in Shenzhen on big data development, offering keynote remarks that were subsequently published on the MIIT website. In his remarks, vice minister Huai emphasized that data is one of China's strategic resources, a critical factor behind modern innovation and an engine of China's future social and economic development.
Huai then introduced the seven key objectives for China's big data industry development, as articulated in the Action Plan to Promote Big Data Development, which was published in early September 2015:
- Implement China's Big Data national strategy, starting with top-level leadership coordination
- Support key Big Data technology R&D and commercialization
- Integrate China's Big Data strategy into the Internet Plus and China Manufacturing 2025 strategic framework
- Promote the establishment of a Big Data standards system
- Encourage the application of Big Data technologies, including through the creation of special experimental or pilot areas
- Strengthen Big Data infrastructure development
- Improve the legal system governing Big Data ...Full Story
IEEE Introduces New Regulations to Standardize 3D Printing Software Used in Medical Settings
3DPrint.com November 24, 2015 - 3D printing is becoming a pretty player in the medical industry, with 3D printed prosthetics, surgical models, and implants being used with increasing regularity in hospitals, dental offices, and clinics. With new technology, of course, comes new regulation. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has recently unveiled new interoperability standards for 3D printers and other electronic devices used in the medical field.... ...Full Story
IoT Groups Merge Efforts OIC taps UPnP, eschewing rival AllSeen
EETimes November 23, 2015 - The Open Interconnect Consortium will acquire assets of and combine its technologies with those of the Universal Plug and Play Forum, a fifteen-year old group focused on automating links between PCs and peripherals typically over Wi-Fi. By adopting the UPnP’s widely used service discovery software and likely many of its members, OIC will bolster its position as an applications-layer software stack for the Internet of Things.
All sides agree the IoT is encumbered with too many competing and overlapping platforms, networks, protocols and frameworks as the result of a land grab for what is seen as the next big thing.... ...Full Story
How open source can bring agencies to the cloud
Federal Times November 23, 2015 - Cloud computing has fundamentally changed how the world works, innovates and connects .From businesses and governments to individuals, we are all finding ourselves interacting in new and meaningful ways .Yet, according to IDC, only 6 percent of federal government applications run in the cloud.
Open source could be the key in spurring more cloud adoption across federal agencies. Here are two examples:
- GSA’s internal digital consultancy, 18F, recently launched Cloud.gov, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) built on the open source framework Cloud Foundry.
- The Department of the Interior recently relaunched DOI.gov using the open source software Drupal as a PaaS to create a better approach to managing website content.
With open source comes open standards and application programming interfaces (APIs) that enable the extensibility, interoperability and portability needed for federal agencies to meet higher expectations in launching new services quickly, adding infrastructure when needed and identifying new opportunities to engage citizens .The GSA and DOI examples represent a dramatic shift for the federal government as many agency innovators seek to employ agile methods and drive faster cloud adoption.
The open architecture that open source provides is critical for agencies to build, ship and run applications across the cloud .New applications can be spun up in seconds, dynamically changed, scaled and are portable across different cloud environments.... ...Full Story
ANSI Requests Comments on SAC’s “Association Standardization—Part 1: Guidelines for Good Practice”
ANSI Weekly News November 20, 2015 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requests stakeholder comments on the draft guidance document “Association Standardization-Part 1: Guidelines for Good Practice,” published by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC). The promotion of association standards is a key component of China’s plan for deepening standardization reform. ANSI members interested in contributing to ANSI’s submission should use the linked form and provide their comments to email@example.com no later than Wednesday, November 18.
Earlier in 2015, China’s State Council released a plan for deepening the reform of China’s standardization system....While association standards are a relatively new category of standards in China, the guidelines, which ANSI has been closely monitoring, will play an important role in shaping their growing influence under the reformed system.
ANSI will use the ANSI Essential Requirements and accreditation of U.S.-based standards developing organizations as the basis for its feedback and encourages members to submit their comments to ANSI for consideration while developing its submission. ANSI also encourages members to submit comments through their own organizations, or to send comments and feedback to ANSI for information, rather than inclusion in its submission.... ...Full Story
Home › Policy & Industry News Policy & Industry News MIIT Issues Cloud Standardization Guidelines
USITO.org November 19, 2015 - The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published the "Cloud Computing Comprehensive Standardization System Construction Guidelines," a detailed plan aimed at enhancing China's cloud computing development and standardization.
The Guidelines include a section that compares China's cloud technology development levels with foreign technology, as well as sections covering hardware, software, services, networks and security.
The Guidelines also identify four cloud areas in which China is aiming to develop a total of 29 cloud-related standards. The four areas are:
- Cloud foundation
- Cloud resources
- Cloud services
- Cloud security ...Full Story
NASA, FCC, USDA lean on open source to propel IoT forward, DoD less so
Molly Bernhart Walker
Fierce Goverment November 19, 2015 - As the sensors and connected technologies that make up the Internet of Things find a home in the federal government, many agencies believe the adoption of open source technology will ensure that innovation isn't happening in silos.... ...Full Story