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 Friday, October 11, 2013

TSB is launching a new online system for questionnaires. The first such questionnaires have now been posted for Study Group 3’s Latin America and Carribean (LAC) Regional Group: please see e.g.  https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/studygroups/2013-2016/03/sg3rglac/Pages/questionnaires/sg3lac-costmodels.aspx.

The corresponding Circular will be issued next week.

The advantages of this system include the following:

  • Security: Delegate responses are TIES protected and processed by ITU. 
  • Ease of use: Access to questionnaires is through the Study Group website.
  • Question variety: Multiple choice, true/false, open-ended, mandatory/non-mandatory
  • Rapid processing and functionality: Real-time results, custom reports, individual response, and visually pleasant graphics

To access the questionnaires (that may be cited in a TSB Circular), delegates can simply enter their TIES username (username@ties.itu.int) and password.  They can follow the numbered questions and indicate their choices by clicking on them or by providing text in the case of open-ended questions.  A progress bar indicates how far along they are and a thank you message confirms when they have completed the questionnaire.

Friday, October 11, 2013 1:35:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A new version of the Sync Application is now available. The main improvements are the following:

  1. One app supports all the meetings of a Study Group for the whole Study Period 2013-2016.
  2. Ability to select documents to download (any of PLEN, WP1, WP2, WP3, C, default all)
  3. Improved navigation on the generated pages.

The latest version of the Sync app is available for the following ITU-T Study Group meetings:

  • ITU-T SG13 meeting (Kampala, Uganda, 4-15 November 2013)
  • ITU-T SG16 meeting (Geneva, 28 October – 8 November 2013)

We invite you to try the new version of the Sync Application and provide your feedback to tsbewm@itu.int.

Friday, October 11, 2013 12:39:35 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 02, 2013

As part of the ITU effort to progressively move ITU tools under its single sign-on (SSO) infrastructure, members will now use SSO to submit AAP comments through the AAP website.
SSO enables a smoother user experience since services federated under the SSO infrastructure do not require subsequent logins once logged into another service. When first logging in, users will see a new login screen.

In addition to the AAP comment submission tool, the following services already use the ITU SSO infrastructure:

  •     SharePoint sites
  •     International numbering resources databases
  •     Misuse of E.164 numbering resources
  •     ITU-T electronic registration and subscription services
  •     ITU-T WP A.5 reference submission


Other services planned for migration under the SSO infrastructure in the near future include the informal FTP areas (IFAs) and Adobe Connect remote participation services.
 

Wednesday, October 02, 2013 2:57:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dear reader,

The ITU-T Newslog has been migrated to a new platform and can now be found at http://newslog.itu.int/archives/category/standardization.

The archived content of the retired ITU-T Newslog remains accessible here.

Questions or suggestions regarding the new platform are welcome and should be directed to the ITU-T Communications Unit at itu-tcomms@itu.int.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 11:32:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 16, 2013

ITU members have agreed new international standards (ITU-T Recommendations) outlining security considerations essential to cloud computing and, crucial to the long-term preservation and utility of IP-based resources, a ‘framework for the discovery of identity management information’ to enable interoperability across heterogenous information systems.

Recommendation ITU-T X.1600 “Security framework for cloud computing”, having reached first-stage approval (‘determined’) and now undergoing a final review, describes security threats in the cloud computing environment and, through a framework methodology, matches threats with the security capabilities advised to be specified in mitigating them. ITU-T X.1600 will act as a ‘handbook’ guiding the future standardization of identified threat-mitigation techniques; in addition providing an implementation reference for systems-level cloud security.

Recommendation ITU-T X.1255 “Framework for the discovery of identity management information”, approved and soon to be freely available on ITU’s website, details an open architecture framework in which identity management (IdM) information – identifying ‘digital objects’ and enabling information sharing among entities including subscribers, users, networks, network elements, software applications, services and devices – can be discovered, accessed and represented by heterogenous IdM systems representing IdM information in different ways, supported by a variety of trust frameworks and employing different metadata schemas.

ITU-T X.1255 lays out a framework that enables discovery of identity-related information and its provenance; identity-related information attributes, including but not limited to visual logos and human-readable site names; and attributes and functionality of applications. The framework, in addition, describes a data model and protocol to enable meta-level interoperability in the management of this information across heterogeneous IdM environments.

The Recommendation is a first step towards the Digital Object Architecture (DOA) advocated by the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), which is intended to achieve the “universal information access” possible with uniquely identifiable digital objects structured so as to ensure their machine and platform independence.

For a succinct description of the history, motivation and promise of the DOA, see Peter J. Denning & Robert E. Kahn, “The Long Quest for Universal Information Access”, Communications of the ACM, Vol. 53 No. 12, Pages 34-36.

The new Recommendations were agreed at a meeting of ITU-T Study Group 17 (Security) in Geneva, 26 August to 04 September, which also saw the establishment of three new work items, on:

  • high-speed Abstract Syntax Notation (ASN.1) Octet Encoding Rules (OER) needed by the financial services sector to gain milliseconds on the trading floor;
  • updating the Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) to eliminate all obsolete ASN.1 features in the interests of making the CMS usable with all ASN.1 standardized encoding rules; and,
  • new challenges for Public-Key Infrastructure (PKI) standardization presented by mobile networks, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, cloud computing and smart grid.

More information on the work of ITU-T Study Group 17 can be found here.

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Monday, September 16, 2013 2:00:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU regrets to announce the death of Col. Richard ‘Dick’ C. Brackney (Ret.).

Dick was a well-known and respected authority on international cybersercurity and had contributed greatly to ITU’s work in the field over a period of more than ten years.

In August he sent a message to his colleagues: "Dear colleagues at MS and International Standards Community: I have enjoyed my work in the Standards community over the years. But, the time has come for it to end. I've learned over this summer that time is VERY precious and my time has ended. Thank you all for your support! ---Dick".

Dick had a wide and varied career including 35 years at the US National Security Agency. He served in combat during Desert Shield/Desert Storm and was the recipient of numerous service decorations including two National Defense Service Medals, and a Meritorious Service Medal.

He will be sadly missed by all including ITU staff, delegates of Study Groups 13 and 17 and the standards and cybersecurity communities at large.

A viewing/memorial service will take place on September 17th (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. EDT at the following location: Howell Funeral Home 10220 Guilford Road Jessup, Maryland 20794. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Dick to the American Heart Association at http://honor.americanheart.org/site/TR/Events/General?pxfid=260931&fr_id=1030&pg=fund.

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Monday, September 16, 2013 1:49:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The latest post to the ITU blog by María Paula Sartori, Green ICT Services Expert at Telefónica, asks if it is possible to achieve high levels of efficiency in a ‘Smart City’, and to what extent a city can become both ‘Smart’ and ‘Sustainable’.

Smart Sustainable Cities are a central topic at the 3rd ITU Green Standards Week in Madrid, Spain, 16-20 September.

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Monday, September 16, 2013 1:32:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 05, 2013

The IPR website has been improved with the following features:

• New layout
• Search URLs can be bookmarked
• Details can be viewed in a separate page
• RSS feature is available from the top of the result part (e.g. for patent statement: http://www.itu.int/ipr/rss.aspx?sector=ITU-T&class=PS)

As a consequence cross linkage is now possible, from various itu-t websites.

The new website is accessible at : www.itu.int/ipr

Thursday, September 05, 2013 8:47:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |