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 Monday, 23 April 2012

The latest ITU-T Technology Watch report discusses the privacy concerns associated with cloud computing, the role privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) could play in alleviating them and the standardization activities currently engaged with the topic.
Cloud computing represents a major change in the way information is managed, especially as it relates to personal data. Cloud is expected to positively impact users’ IT budgets and costs of ownership, but could also threaten the relevance of traditional security, trust and privacy mechanisms.
The rollout of cloud services has introduced a number of questions related to information privacy and security:

  • Who are the stakeholders in the cloud computing market?
  • What are their roles and responsibilities?
  • Where is the data stored?
  • How is the data replicated?
  • Which legal frameworks are applied to data processing in a cloud environment?
  • How will service providers meet expected levels of security and privacy?

The adoption of privacy-enhancing technologies will depend on the existence of uniform ways to handle personal data, which must be agreed at the international level. Developing technical standards in this regard is a means to achieve international consensus on such issues, and compliance with these standards will aid in demonstrating countries’ and businesses’ adherence to the associated legal and regulatory frameworks.
Authored by Stéphane Guilloteau, France Télécom Orange, France and Venkatesen Mauree of ITU, the report, as well as additional information on cloud-computing privacy, is available at
Experts from industry, academia and research communities are invited to submit topic proposals and abstracts for future reports in the Technology Watch series. For more details, please contact the Technology Watch team at

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Monday, 23 April 2012 09:31:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, 21 April 2012

The first meeting of ITU-T’s new Focus Group on M2M service layer (FG M2M), 17-18 April, attracted a large number of experts from the healthcare and ICT fields to discuss the M2M standardization requirements of vertical healthcare markets.
The open meeting was well-attended in Geneva and via remote participation, receiving 57 delegates from 17 countries; representing members and non-members of ITU, and composed of four government representatives, twenty-six from the private sector and nine from academic and research institutions. Among the delegates were seven representatives of healthcare organizations including World Health Organization (WHO) and Continua Health Alliance.
The Focus Group’s structure and working methods were central topics in this foundational meeting, as was its work plan laying out the group’s objectives and deliverables. The FG will focus on M2M in the healthcare context and was divided into three Working Groups; the first looking at M2M use cases and service models, and the second at determining the requirements and architectural framework of the M2M service layer. The third deals with M2M Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and protocols and will begin its work when sufficient progress has been made by the first two Working Groups.
Also of note was the appointment of the group’s Chairman and Vice-Chairmen:
Heyuan Xu, CATR (China)
Marc Berrebi, eDevice (France)
Marco Carugi, ZTE (China)
Robert Istepanian, Kingston University (UK)
Hyoung Jun Kim, ETRI (Korea)
Monique Morrow, Cisco Systems (USA)
The next meeting of FG M2M will take place in Beijing, 26-28 June 2012, hosted by CCSA/CATR. The deadline for contributions to this meeting is 18 June. Provisional dates for the third meeting in Geneva are 29-31 August, and the fourth will take place in November, in the USA (TBC).
To follow the activities of FG M2M, see the group’s webpage here.

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Saturday, 21 April 2012 11:00:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 20 April 2012

European telcos propose constructive input to global ICT treaty

Geneva, 20 April 2012 - European operators meeting at a joint International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and European Telecommunications Network Operators’ (ETNO) event have agreed that upcoming revisions to the treaty that governs international telecommunications should act as a positive catalyst for the future development of ICT, to benefit all countries.

Meeting in Brussels this week to discuss preparation for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) which will be held in Dubai, 3-14 December, ITU representatives described the mechanisms for input into the WCIT process and some of the emerging themes. An open discussion allowed industry to present its views.

All participants agreed that revisions to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) should foster the right conditions to allow markets to flourish within a long term vision backed by sustainable business models.

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Friday, 20 April 2012 13:19:57 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 18 April 2012

ITU-T will host a two-hour webinar on Standards Education at 14h00 (CET), 30 April 2012, with the objective of exploring standardization curricula currently offered by different academic institutions. In addition it will examine means to develop such curricula and ways to encourage other institutions to integrate similar courses in the programs on offer to their students.

The event  begins with an overview of Aalborg University’s standardization curriculum, introducing the Masters Program on “Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship” (ICTE) offered by the university’s Center for TeleInFrastruktur (CTIF); specifically detailing its course on "Standardization, IPR, Patenting and Technology Transfer". This will be followed by the presentations of other ITU academia members, sharing their experiences with standardization courses and suggesting areas in need of improvement. 

Additionally – for the benefit of ITU academia members seeking a better understanding of the purpose and potential of standards education – ITU will share its perspective on the motivations underlying the creation of its new academia membership category, and will also outline the ways in which academic institutions can best make use of ITU’s standardization expertise when developing standards education curricula.

Building on the outcomes of this virtual event, a Workshop on Standards Education, jointly organized by ITU and the Global ICT Standardization Forum for India (GISFI), will take place at Aalborg University,  8-9 October 2012. At this event, ITU academia members will be invited to share details of their standardization curricula and thereby aid in the development of an ITU repository of standards courses currently on offer. The repository will provide a useful resource to individuals interested in the study of ICT standards and to institutions deciding on the content of standards courses as they develop them.

For more information, please consult the webinar’s webpage here.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 10:03:57 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Meeting of Study Group 16, Geneva, 30 April - 11 May 2012

Collective Letter 8

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012 08:36:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |