Skyrack News and Announcements
- Easy-IP download version updated
- VOIP is everywhere, but not all VOIP is good VOIP
- Datacentre analysis favours hosted voice PBX
- Mobile handsets to get IPv6 in 2011
- Premier content sites getting serious about IPv6
- Internet down to last remaining IPv4 addresses
- Getting started with IP address management and Easy-IP
- Skyrack opens new Leeds office
- Skyrack at Techmesh conference
- Skyrack launches new portal
Other Industry News
- Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:15:42 +0000: Sky shores up Italian, German holdings with £5bn pay TV blowout – Telecoms.com » News & Analysis
UK-based media empire BSkyB created a multinational pay TV business on Friday with the £4.9bn acquisition of Sky Italia and a 57.4 per cent stake in Sky Deutschland. The move puts Sky in a leading position in the pay TV market in the UK, Italy and Germany.
- Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:33:54 +0000: Millicom brings LTE to Bolivia – Telecoms.com » News & Analysis
Developing markets operator Millicom, which operates under the Tigo brand in Bolivia, said that it has launched a 4G LTE offering in the country, delivering high speed internet at up to 100Mbps.
- Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:41:54 +0000: China Unicom, Huawei to work on cloud tech – Telecoms.com » News & Analysis
The cloud platform division of China Unicom signed a strategic cooperation agreement on Software Defined Networking (SDN) innovation with local kit vendor Huawei this week.
Open Source Initiative
- Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:30:58 +0000: OPEN SOURCE INITIATIVE (OSI) ANNOUNCES NEW AFFILIATE MEMBER – Open Source Initiative blogs
By Leslie Hawthorn
July 8, 2014
Palo Alto, California — The Open Source Initiative (opensource.org) is very pleased to announce DemocracyLab (democracylab.org) has joined the OSI as an Affiliate Member. DemocracyLab works to develop tools for civic engagement that promote awareness, collect insights and share ideas to address public need in government. “DemocracyLab seeks to harness our collective intelligence to address society’s most difficult problems by creating open source software tools that help communities frame issues, deliberate solutions, make decisions and take collective action. To accomplish this, we are creating a participation environment for users, developers and supporters of civic tech that facilitates communication and collaboration among stakeholders,” said Mark Frischmuth, founder and board chairman of DemocracyLab. Today open source models, enabled through the standards set forth in the Open Source Definition, empower a growing number of disciplines across diverse peer-driven communities of practice. DemocracyLab is a great example of how open source methods can serve its traditional role in the technology sector while enhancing development within the pubic sector. “The mission and vision at DemocracyLab was built upon shared values of open source software, transparency, meritocracy of ideas, and open participation. It simply makes sense that DemocracyLab should become an OSI affiliate.” added Deb Bryant, who serves on both the DemocracyLab and OSI Boards.
The OSI welcomes DemocracyLab to our community of 30+ Affiliate Members and we look forward to working with them to continue our education of, and advocacy for. the benefits of open source, and to build bridges across the various constituencies of the open source community.
DemocracyLab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aspiring to revolutionize civic dialogue. DemocracyLab is a diverse group of volunteers working together to create online tools to help communities identify problems, construct solutions, make decisions and take collaborative action. You can learn more about Democracy lab at democracylab.org or by emailing, email@example.com.
About the Open Source Initiative
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, founded in 1998. The OSI is the stewards of the Open Source Definition (OSD) and the community-recognized body for reviewing and approving licenses as OSD-conformant and is also actively involved in Open Source community-building, education, and public advocacy to promote awareness and the importance of non-proprietary software. OSI Board members frequently travel the world to attend Open Source conferences and events, meet with open source developers and users, and to discuss with executives from the public and private sectors about how Open Source technologies, licenses, and models of development can provide economic and strategic advantages. You can learn more about the OSI at opensource.org or by emailing, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press Contact: email@example.com
- Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:37:32 +0000: Why should I care about privacy, when I have nothing to hide? – Open Source Initiative blogs
Published by Reset The Net on 30 April 2014
We get this a lot. There are a million answers (our favorite short one is “Nothing to hide? Really?”) but here’s something thoughtful and comprehensive to share with a friend the next time it comes up. The short version? None of the freedom and progress we’ve won over the past century would have been possible without the freedom to change things (starting with our own lives first) that privacy gives us.
Imagine a world where you were constantly being judged by everyone around you, suffering immediately, or years down the road, for anything you did or said that was unusual, unpopular, or against the rules. In that kind of world, social and economic progress grinds to a halt, because everyone’s afraid to rock the boat!
Gay rights. Interracial marriage. Medical marijuana. None of these would exist now if people were unable to break the rules in the privacy of their own home, building momentum and legitimacy until they could show the world what change looked like, that it wasn’t so scary, and that it could make the world a better place.
We owe massive amounts of social and economic progress to privacy. Think about it. Don’t take it for granted.
Liberty & even beer
Think about the prohibition of alcohol that took hold in the 1920s. Prohibition crumbled because people defied it, raising the social cost of enforcement. If prohibition had been 100% enforceable due to mass surveillance, it would have been much harder to get rid of.
You probably wouldn’t even be able to drink alcohol in the US, if people couldn’t privately defy prohibition. Remember that, the next time you crack open a cold beer on a hot day.
A ticking time bomb
The NSA’s current capability extends beyond privacy invasion. Right now, the NSA’s access give it the power to secretly undermine the work of journalists and elected leaders around the globe, intimidating sources and tipping elections. The NSA abuses this secrecy to undermine the systems (like Congressional oversight) meant to keep it in check. It’s hard to imagine something someone with the power Edward Snowden had couldn’t do in total secrecy. This capability to subvert democratic systems is a timebomb, waiting to go off.
And it will, if we let it continue to exist.
The worst part? When the NSA does subvert our democratic institutions, we might not even know it happened until it’s already too late.
So the next time you hear somebody say “I’ve got nothing to hide,” send them this.
- Sat, 26 Apr 2014 15:00:28 +0000: OSI Sponsors International Competition in Free and Open Source Software Multimedia – Open Source Initiative blogs
The OSI is thrilled to announce the launch of the International Competition in Free and Open Source Software Multimedia (ICOM). Organized by the Sena Primary School (SK Sena), Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) along with the state government of Perlis, Malaysia and the Ministry of Education Malaysia the video competition is open to students from around the world: from primary school children to those attending institutions of higher learning. The main objectives of ICOM are as follows:
- To encourage creative thinking and teamwork among participants
- To promote active use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in education
- To create a platform for healthy competition among students at the international level
Participants have about 3 months, until the end of July, to plan, shoot, edit and upload/submit their works and may choose to develop, dramas, news stories, documentaries or public service messages on topics related to education, communication or local interests. All entries will be judged by education and media personnel from Malaysia, and winners will receive certificates and awards, including some cool OSI t-shirts! We will also be posting the winners’ videos on the OSI site as well.
Of course the most exciting feature of the competition is that each video will use only open source licensed software for all pre-production, production and post-production work. What a fantastic way to promote the awareness and use of open source tools, enhancing access to technology within education, while creating innovative programs for teaching and learning–we simply need more of this within governments, education and communities. Indeed the ICOM organizers have developed an excellent catalog of open source applications for graphic and video production (http://icom.sksena.edu.my/downloads-bot).
The OSI is honored to have been asked to sponsor the competition and we hope educators from across the globe will take advantage of, not only the opportunity to engage their students in an international, cross-cultural, multi-discipline educational experience, but also introduce and promote the value, benefits and quality of open source tools as well.
- Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:58:08 +0000: Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about ‘net neutrality’ – and get your checkbook out – The Register – Networks
The side of the debate you don’t often hear
A pioneering American community ISP is telling customers that Netflix should spend more time improving its technology, more money on its network – and less energy on lobbying in Washington DC.…
- Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:32:06 +0000: Pinterest diversity stats: Also pale and male (but not as much as Twitter) – The Register – Networks
Cats’n'flowers site latest to admit white men rule its roost
Pinterest is generally used to store images of polka dot knickers, cute animals and bags of artisan pear drops. What might come as a shock to its users is that Pinterest is actually run by the same “stale, pale and male” clique often seen at the rudder of other big Silicon Valley.…
- Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:01:09 +0000: Termination charges drop smacks Vodafone and EE in the WALLET – The Register – Networks
Europe hits saturation
The reduction in how much mobile networks receive for handling incoming calls has hit both Vodafone and EE so hard that they have both separated out the charges in interim financial reports.…
- Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:24:32 +0000: Two Drafts in Last Call: N-Triples, N-Quads – W3C News
The RDF Working Group has published two Last Call Working Drafts:
- N-Triples. N-Triples is a line-based, plain text format for encoding an RDF graph. Comments are welcome through 14 October.
- N-Quads. N-Quads is a line-based, plain text format for encoding an RDF dataset. Comments are welcome through 14 October.
Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity.
- Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:26:31 +0000: Updated Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0 – W3C News
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group today published updates of two Notes that accompany WCAG 2.0: Techniques for WCAG 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0. (This is not an update to WCAG 2.0, which is a stable document.) For background, important information about techniques, and opportunities to contribute to future updates, please see the Understanding Techniques for WCAG Success Criteria e-mail. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
- Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:16:36 +0000: Last Call: Media Source Extensions – W3C News