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Google Launches OpenTitan Project to Open Source Chip SecurityKelly Sheridan
–November 12, 2019 - Google is teaming up with tech industry partners to launch OpenTitan, an open source project to strengthen chip security. The initiative will build reference design and integration guidelines for root-of-trust (RoT) silicon chips to be implemented in data center servers, storage devices, peripherals, and other technologies.
The goal is to give chipmakers and platform providers the ability to inspect and contribute to the design, firmware, and documentation of silicon chips. By open-sourcing the chip design, members of OpenTitan hope to make the process more transparent and secure. RoT chips can be used in server motherboards, network cards, laptops, phones, routers, and Internet of Things devices... Full Story
Adobe, The New York Times Company and Twitter Announce Content Authenticity Initiative to Develop Industry Standard for Content AttributionPress Release
–November 8, 2019 - At Adobe MAX, Adobe today announced the Content Authenticity Initiative, along with The New York Times Company and Twitter, aimed at developing an industry standard for digital content attribution.
The ability to provide proper content attribution for creators and publishers is critical to ensure trust and transparency online. Adobe, The New York Times Company and Twitter believe that creating a long-term solution is a shared responsibility among creators, technology, and media companies, and that joining forces will accelerate progress...
Adobe is developing an opt-in system that will allow creators and publishers to securely attach attribution data to content they choose to share. The framework is designed to let authors verify their content so that they receive proper attribution and provide consumers with an attribution trail to give them greater confidence about the authenticity of the content they\'re consuming...Adobe, The New York Times Company and Twitter plan to kick off the initiative at a summit along with a larger group of technology and media companies in the coming months.
Companies interested in participating in the Content Authenticity Initiative can learn more at http://www.adobe.com/go/content-authenticity or contact email@example.com. Full Story
ANSI and USAID Announce Implementation of Standards Alliance: Phase 2
–October 30, 2019 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of Standards Alliance: Phase 2. The public-private partnership will build upon the success of Phase I to support the capacity of developing countries in the areas of legal and regulatory framework, standards development, conformity assessment procedures, and private sector engagement.
The second phase of the Standards Alliance will involve collaboration with U.S. private sector partners, U.S. government experts, and USAID eligible countries over a five-year period. A key goal of Phase 2 is to help increase the capacity of developing countries to implement accepted international best practices to reduce instances of poor quality and unsafe products, services, and infrastructure. Ultimately, better adoption and implementation of international standards will improve the quality and safety of goods on a global scale.
The expansion of the program will also seek to create new avenues for bilateral partnership, and will pursue inclusive approaches to support gender balance and responsiveness, especially in fields related to science, technology, and innovation. In particular, the program will support balanced gender representation during events and in speaking roles... Full Story
ANSI, in Partnership with European Standardization Organizations, Releases Guidance Documents to Clarify the U.S. and European Standardization Systems
–October 28, 2019 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in partnership with three European Standardization Organizations (ESOs), CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI, has released two guidance documents to increase understanding of the respective U.S. and European standardization systems. The documents are an outcome of long-term discussions between the ESOs and ANSI, to further enhance cooperation and transparency between the groups... Full Story
Senators Urge DOJ to Develop Antitrust Guidance for Licensing of Standard Essential Patents
–October 25, 2019 - On Monday 21, 2019, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Christopher A. Coons (D-DE) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice pushing it to provide greater clarity as to its antitrust enforcement policy on standard essential patents ("SEPs"). SEPs are patents necessary for certain technological standards set by standard setting organizations...SEPs can give rise to antitrust risks. For example, firms holding patents integrated into technological standards can wield significant leverage over their potential competitors by refusing to give access to the patents necessary to compete. Such conduct may constitute unlawful monopolization in violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act and other SEP licensing practices may also violate Section 1 of the Sherman Act as anticompetitive agreements.
The U.S. antitrust agencies have expressed differing views as to SEPs. The FTC and DOJ have adopted opposing positions at times, and there have even been internal inconsistencies within the agencies... Full Story
New NEMA Standard to Enable Coexistence of Multiple Communication Technologies for Connected Vehicle Roadside InfrastructurePress Release
–October 8, 2019 - A new National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Standard will harmonize and could accelerate deployment of connected vehicle roadside infrastructure technology, according to a preview of the Standard presented at the Intelligent Transportation Society of Georgia (ITSGA) Annual Meeting in Athens, GA.
NEMA TS 10 Connected Vehicle Infrastructure-Roadside Equipment commissioned by the NEMA Transportation Management Systems Section is a harmonized technical specification for roadside connected vehicle devices. Types of roadside devices covered under the Standard are traffic signals, crosswalk signs, flashing school zone safety beacons, ramp meters, and other electronic traffic control equipment.
A vital component of the connected vehicle ecosystem is the ability for vehicles and the infrastructure to communicate with each other regardless of the type of device or underlying technology. With NEMA TS 10, Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) and Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) can work together in the same spectrum via a dual-mode or dual active roadside connected vehicle device... Full Story
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING CHANGES TO THIS NEWS FEEDAndrew Updegrove
–October 3, 2019 - We are currently in the process of creating a complete rebuild of the ConsortiumInfo.org website. As part of that process, I am assessing whether there is sufficient ongoing interest in this news feed to warrant the cost of rebuilding it, and the time commitment to its ongoing updating.
If you are a regular reader that would like to continue to have access to a standards-oriented news feed, PLEASE LET ME KNOW by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unless a sufficient number of emails are received, this news feed will be discontinued several months from now. Thanks for your assistance. Full Story
China Releases Draft on Administrative Measures for Local Standards
–October 2, 2019 - As a key document to implement its standardization law, the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) recently released a draft of the "Administrative Measures for Local Standards" to amend the version released in 1990.
In China, local standards are often referred to as â€œprovincial standards.â€ They are developed when neither national standards nor industry standards are available, but unified requirements for safety and hygiene of industrial products are needed within a local area...ANSI observed some noteworthy revisions and additions from the 2019 draft that was released for comment:
- Alignment with the newly passed Standardization Law. After the promulgation of the updated Standardization Law, the draft suggests that industry and local standards are no longer compulsory.
- Consideration of international norms and requirements. The draft requires that the standards shall be in line with the relevant requirements of international treaties and organizations in which China participates.
Although the draft did not specifically mention the principles of openness, transparency, balance, and due process that are enshrined in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), the proposed language demonstrates China's commitment to improving its local standards development... Full Story
US electric grid more vulnerable to cyberattacks as DERs increase potential targets, GAO findsRobert Walton
–October 1, 2019 - The U.S. electric sector is probed for weaknesses every day by a coterie of nations, criminal groups, terrorists and others, GAO said. Thus far, utilities have kept the threat at bay, but experts say that streak may not hold...
The report recommended FERC consider changes to its cybersecurity standards to "more fully address" the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework. It also recommended the agency evaluate the potential risk of a coordinated cyberattack on distributed targets.
"FERC's approved threshold for which entities must comply with the requirements in the full set of grid cybersecurity standards is based on an analysis that did not evaluate the potential risk of a coordinated cyberattack on geographically distributed targets," the report says.
Following the analysis, the GAO recommends FERC determine if it needs to make changes to the threshold for mandatory compliance with the agency's full set of cybersecurity standards... Full Story
Leave GNOME alone: This patent troll is asking for troubleSteven J. Vaughan-Nichols
–September 30, 2019 - Rothschild Patent Imaging (RPI) suing the GNOME Foundation for violating its "wireless image distribution system and method patent" (US Patent No. 9,936,086) doesn\'t make much sense. But when has that ever stopped a patent troll?
The GNOME application in question, Shotwell, is a personal photo manager. Its functionality, which has Rothschild all hot and bothered, is that -- like all other end-user photo programs -- it can import and organize pictures. For relief, Rothschild demands that either this functionality be removed or the company be awarded a "running royalty from the time of judgment going forward."..I spoke to several open-source savvy patent and intellectual property (IP) lawyers and this is what they told me...Andrew Updegrove, a founding partner of Gesmer Updegrove and leading technology law firm and open-source legal expert, stated:
"It appears that RPI is a classic troll. That said, patent claims are deliberately written broadly so that they can ideally capture products that may come along much later. It's an extremely arcane art, and two different courts may easily come out with opposite conclusions on the same patent."...[It] could be a strong patent or a weak one. The only way to find out for sure is to see what a jury decides, assuming the suit ever gets that far. The most surprising thing to me is that RPI is suing an open-source foundation, which presumably has few assets to speak of, and likely no insurance to cover a judgment.".. Full Story