10/20 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyFollowing the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated that the Commission will soon address the cloud-based online video marketplace. 

From a technology and operations standpoint this segment is now more than ready to advance, but it has been held back due to challenges securing carriage rights for television programming services.

This comes weeks after an FCC spokesperson said that the agency was examining rules that would enable certain over-the-top (OTT) Internet protocol television (IPTV) providers to be reclassified as multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs). 

The MVPD designation until now has been reserved for cable and satellite television operators.

It has been difficult for television programmers to license a new category of MVPDs — cloud applications — not controlled by broadband network operators that own the plant and infrastructure which deliver established multichannel subscription television services.

Specifically, Chairman Wheeler said that the Commission “has been looking into the entire question of ‘What is an MVPD,’ and online video will be a part of it.”

Wheeler noted that HBO’s and CBS’s plans, announced on Wednesday and Thursday, to provide a la carte online streaming video services, which bypass the middleman by not requiring an MVPD buy-through, are obviously going to a have a marketplace impact.

And indeed, the addition of these high-profile brands to the OTT IPTV space could spur sales of Internet-video streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Nexus Player, and Roku; and bolster utility of videogame consoles like PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One.

But the DCIA believes that for the full impact of cloud-based television to be realized, multichannel aggregators — not individual standalone services — will need to be licensed to compete with traditional MVPDs by offering comprehensive packages of television programming services

Most people simply want a wide assortment of TV channels integrated into a single service for the most attractive price they can obtain.

The purpose of the FCC’s involvement will be to expand MVPD competition and choice at the consumer level by providing greater access for online video services to broadcast television signals and linear feeds of cable programming services.

Presumably, on-demand services like Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube will not be covered by these new rules, whereas those entities that propose to deliver real-time transmissions of multiple channels of TV programming will be.

These new policies will be helpful in addressing such open issues as whether and how online video services will need to compensate broadcasters with retransmission-consent fees and enter into carriage agreements and pay license fees for other programming services.

In addition, Chairman Wheeler said that the question of whether OTT IPTV services and other online MVPDs will need to meet some kind of public interest obligations as over-the-air broadcasters and cable operators do, probably also will be answered.

What the HBO and CBS announcements do underscore is that major traditional television brands are now confident that OTT IPTV technologies are ready for prime-time.

HBO’s plan to launch a standalone OTT service in 2015 reportedly will be to target “cord-nevers,” — the 10 million US broadband households that don’t subscribe to an MVPD — as an alternative to the current on-demand online video entries.

It’s also part of a larger HBO MVPD renegotiation strategy to convert 4 million non-revenue generating basic subscribers to take HBO and, given HBO’s ownership by Time Warner, it’s also supportive of Comcast’s acquisition of that company’s cable multiple system operator (MSO).

For long-term industry participants and analysts, CBS’s announcement of “CBS All Access” for $5.99/month, featuring live streaming from 14 major market CBS broadcast television stations and cloud DVR access to more than 5,000 past episodes of popular program series, may seem more stunning.

But while “The Eye” may be perceived as the most venerated and therefore, one would expect, the least progressive of the major broadcast television networks, since its separation from Viacom, it has been the least encumbered of the majors in MVPD complications that come with oversight of a large slate of cable programming channels.

CBS Interactive attracts more than 280 million visitors to its websites each month.

Its standalone price suggests, if established industry practice holds, that licensing of a third-party single video program distributor (SVPD) would cost approximately $3.00 in wholesale retransmission fees, and, at volume and scale, a full-service OTT IPTV multichannel distributor, $1.50.

Online revenue will be bolstered by dynamic ad insertion, which can stream different and newer commercials to online viewers.

Chairman Wheeler on Friday also reiterated his alignment with President Obama’s position against paid prioritization on broadband networks, which was reiterated in California last week when the President addressed an audience of technology sector entrepreneurs.

Wheeler said, “On the important question of paid prioritization, the President and I are in agreement and always have been.” Share wisely, and take care.

10/13 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyAs announced last week, the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) is now pleased to invite qualified applicants to participate in The DCIA’s Internet of Things (IoT) at CES 2015, a four-day marathon presentation, from January 6th through 9th in Las Vegas, NV, of the newest and arguably largest ever distributed computing industry phenomenon.

To learn more about how you can join the “The DCIA’s IoT at CES,” please contact me here.

As previously reported, the IoT is now on a growth trajectory to surpass 50 billion objects by 2020.

The 2015 International CES Show is the ideal place to start learning in-depth about the multiplicity of opportunities that this rapidly emerging movement offers product developers, software engineers, marketers, entrepreneurs, and other forward-looking professionals across many economic sectors.

The IoT traces its routes to 1969, when the first nodes of what would eventually become known as ARPANET, the precursor to today’s Internet, were established at UCLA and Stanford universities; and 1982, when Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) became a standard, ushering in the worldwide network of fully interconnected networks that we now call the Internet.

John Romkey and Simon Hackett created the world’s first connected device (other than a computer): a toaster powered through the Internet in 1990.

In 1999, Kevin Ashton coined the term “Internet of Things,” and established MIT’s Auto-ID Center, a global research network of academic laboratories focused on RFID and the IoT. That year, Andy Stanford-Clark of IBM and Arlen Nipper of Arcom (now Eurotech) introduced the first M2M protocol for connected devices: MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT).

In 2005, the United Nations (UN) first mentioned IoT in an International Telecommunications Union report. Three years later, the first international IoT conference took place in Zurich, CH. The IPSO Alliance was formed in 2008 to promote IP connections across networks of “smart objects.”

Google introduced a self-driving vehicle project in 2010, a major milestone in the development of a connected and autonomous car. Also that year, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) was introduced, enabling applications in the fitness, healthcare, security, and home entertainment industries.

In 2011 Nest Labs (Now Google) introduced sensor-driven, WiFi-enabled, self-learning, programmable thermostats and smoke detectors; and IPv6 launched, a protocol to exponentially expand the number of objects that can connect to the Internet by introducing 340 undecillion IP addresses.

Last year, Google Glass, controlled through voice recognition software and a touchpad built into the device, was released to developers; and this year, Apple announced HealthKit and HomeKit, two health and home automation developments, while the firm’s iBeacon advanced context and geolocation services.

Approximately 12.1 billion Internet-connected devices were in use in April 2014. Currently, about 100 things connect to the Internet every second, and the number is expected to reach 250 per second by 2020.

As more and more “things” get connected to the Internet — expanding from the initial smartphones, phablets, tablets, laptops, and game consoles to such objects as toasters, physical activity monitors, home security systems, industrial equipment, and vehicles of all kinds — the stakes grow exponentially larger.

As Gilad Meiri, CEO of tech startup Neura, notes, “The IoT holds potential for disruptive change, and its evolution will likely be faster than the Internet.”

"The DCIA’s IoT at CES" will feature the very latest in connected consumer device innovations, wearable creations, machine-to-machine (M2M) advances, RFID developments, micro-sensor discoveries, smart environment construction, and more, which are leading the way in this world-altering trend. Share wisely, and take care.

10/6 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyThanks to all who contributed to the Distributed Computing Industry Association’s (DCIA) and Cloud Computing Association’s (CCA) industry-leading CLOUD DEVELOPERS SUMMIT & EXPO 2014 (CDSE:2014) this week at the Hilton Austin in Austin, TX.

We’re especially grateful to Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors IBM, SoftServe, Rackspace, Edwards Wildman, Paragon, Iron Mountain, and OutSystems; and to CCA Executive Don Buford and his entire team for all that they did to support the highly stimulating and provocative CDSE:2014.

An archival website has been created featuring audio recordings of all sessions, keynote and workshop presentations, the conference brochure, a photo album, workshop flyers, and the CCA website event page.

On the Business Strategy Conference track, Tim Hayden’s new book "The Mobile Commerce Revolution" had its debut, followed by a broad look at the state of cloud adoption focusing on the public sector with the opening keynote from Amazon Web Services and address from Google; and a leading global cloud attorney from Edwards Wildman Palmer joined the panel discussion that followed.

Meanwhile the first Workshops & Special Seminars, from Microsoft and IBM, featured "Getting Started with Azure" and "DevOps Services in the Cloud." Microsoft and IBM conference keynotes focused on Enabling DevOps and Mobile Cloud Architectures.

There was a fascinating case study from Sense Corp. on the role of OutSystems in the College Bound cloud initiative. And again the keynotes were followed by an in-depth panel discussion.

Google and Dell presented workshops on "GIS & GPS in DriveTexas" and "Managing Hybrid Cloud Environments."

Back on the conference track, Dell and Rackspace addressed the "Current State of Private Cloud" followed by Aspera on "Cloud Object Stores," and then a panel discussion.

Rackspace led the concurrent workshop followed by SAP on "Ariba — the World’s Largest Sourcing Network."

Media & Entertainment advances were highlighted in solo presentations on "Advanced Private Cloud Technologies and Services," "The Slow Lurch to the Cloud," and "Media Delivery and the Cloud" from Front Porch Digital, Mediafly, and RealEyes Media, and a follow-on panel discussion; and workshops from SoftServe on DevOps and Microsoft on Azure.

Mobile Cloud was the focus of Adjacent Technologies, JW Secure, and NetSuite in "Mobilizing Content," "The Secret Life of Mobile Data," and "The Mobile-Enabled Supply Chain" and the panel discussion that followed.

Meanwhile, workshops featured "IBM Bluemix: Mobile Apps in the Cloud" and "FedRAMP Accreditation" by Paragon.

Big Data was covered by SoftServe, Talend, and Oracle, in "Big Analytics: A Next Generation Roadmap," "Talend Big Data," and "Database as a Service (DBaaS) Private Cloud," plus a panel discussion; and workshops on "Digital Transformation — Avoid Becoming Digital Prey" from Dell and "DirectTrust — Healthcare Exchange" from DigiCert.

A series of cutting-edge sessions focusing on "Predictive Analytics" from QRhythm, "Cloud Platform Management" from VDI Space, and "Application Continuity" from Iron Mountain, with a panel discussion to follow; while workshops covered "Real-Time Data Solutions with SAP’s HANA" and "Contained Excitement using Docker" from Rackspace.

SAP presented a fascinating case study about the 2014 World Cup "Staying Ahead of the Game" and Google offered a workshop called "Hangout with Google."

The Healthcare program block had keynotes on "HIPAA in the Cloud," "Digital Transaction Management," and "MyDirectives" from OnRamp, Kinetic Concepts, and ADVault, plus a panel discussion.

Workshops on "Building Managed Cloud Environments for the Public Sector" and from IBM, "Critical Regulatory Issues" from Edwards Wildman.

The Conference Closing Session covered "Mining the Cloud" and "Data Security" by SERC and Paragon, followed by some much needed "Reality Therapy" from Xvand, and then a final panel discussion; and the Closing Workshop prophetically focused on "The Coming Internet of Things" from Flux7. Share wisely, and take care.

9/29 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyThis Wednesday and Thursday, October 1st & 2nd, the Cloud Computing Association (CCA) and the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) will present the CLOUD DEVELOPERS SUMMIT & EXPO 2014 (CDSE:2014) at the Hilton Austin in Austin, TX.

We’re especially pleased to have a stellar line-up of enormously skilled and highly accomplished speakers for the conference sessions, workshops, and special seminars at CDSE:2014.

Here’s a sampling of who’s who among keynote speakers:

Keynoting for Amazon Web Services will be Brigadier General Steve Spano USAF, Retired, the General Manager, Defense and National Security, for Amazon Web Service’s Global Public Sector. General Spano retired from the USAF in September 2011. He was formerly the Director of Communications, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, VA, responsible for IT vision, policy guidance, and resource allocation supporting the command’s warfighting mission.

Google’s solo presenter will be David Mihalchik, who leads US Government Solutions for Google. Since joining Google in 2007, David Mihalchik has helped establish and rapidly expand Google’s cloud computing footprint in the public sector. He led the effort within Google to certify and accredit Google Apps under FISMA, and was part of the team that launched Google Apps for Government in 2010.

For Microsoft, the keynote speaker will be Haishi Bai, a Technical Evangelist for Azure at Microsoft. Haishi Bai is an active technical writer with two published books on cloud computing and a blog with 0.5 million views yearly. He has been working in the industry for 17 years, and has been accumulating software development skills since he was 12, when he wrote his first programs in BASIC. At Microsoft, his focus has been on promoting Azure adoption, creating samples, guidance, frameworks and tools as well as engaging with customers to guide their cloud computing projects.

IBM’s solo address will be given by Sal Vella, Vice President, Rational Product Development and Customer Support, at IBM. In this role Sal Vella oversees worldwide product management, development, and support of the extensive IBM Rational Product portfolio. In his previous position, he was CTO for IBM’s Software Group, where he was responsible for the IBM Software Group Technical Architecture including architectural standards, support of industry standards, and setting standards and guidelines for IBM’s large software development organization.

Presenting a keynote for Dell will be Enterprise Cloud Evangelist Michael Elliott, with over 20 years of enterprise technology experience. Michael Elliott consults with companies throughout North America on their cloud architecture. He started his career as a mainframe programmer for General Electric and served as Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the University of Akron. He has a mathematics degree from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. View his blog here.

Rackspace’s solo presentation will be given by Software Engineer Kyle Kelley, who has worked at the Open Cloud Company since 2013 assisting customers with APIs, SDKs, and DevOps tools. Kyle Kelley is a core developer of the IPython/Jupyter project. He helps build environments for collaborative analysis, development, and production workloads for entities ranging from small teams to massive scale. He previously served for three years as a United States Department of Defense Applied Mathematician, and before that as a Threat Prevention Engineer at eSoft.

Representing NetSuite will be Ranga Bodla, its Wholesale Distribution Industry Lead. Ranga Bodla boasts more than 15 years of combined product management and marketing experience, with expertise in the software technology industry. In this role, he is constantly ahead of the latest trends in the industry and how they impact customers. Additionally, because of the nature of NetSuite’s customer base, he works with innovative customers who are challenging the status quo in their respective industries.

Oracle’s keynote speaker will be Stan Defilippi, who serves as Senior Director in Sales Engineering, where he has driven business execution across North America Sales in various senior roles in business development, sales, pre-sales, enterprise architecture, consulting, operations and program management. Stan Defilippi is currently focused on DBaaS Private Cloud solutions with Oracle Engineered Systems. Prior to his 17 years at Oracle, Stan spent 13 years at Unisys. At his last assignment at Unisys, he ran a $25 million start-up US law enforcement telecommunications systems business.

Giving the solo presentation for SAP will be Scott Campbell, Senior Principal for Media, Sports & Entertainment Industries. Bringing over 25 years operational and business leadership experience to SAP’s Industry Value Engineering practice in North America, Scott Campbell is a true pioneer of digital media and digital supply chain initiatives. He has held leadership roles over Video Operations, Content Management and eBusiness Platforms at companies including Scripps Networks and the Associated Press.

Tim Hayden’s new book "The Mobile Commerce Revolution" will debut at the summit and expo. With more than 20 years of marketing and business leadership experience, Tim Hayden has been both a founding member of new ventures and a catalyst for innovative change in some of the world’s largest brands. Part social anthropologist, part strategic marketing executive, he studies communications behavior and how new media and mobility are reshaping all of business.

A fascinating case study from Sense Corp. Partner Wes Carberry will be provided on the role of OutSystems in the College Bound cloud initiative. Wes Carberry leads the vision for the Technology Practice at Sense Corp. He has more than 50 success stories with clients that range from startups to the largest companies in the world. He understands the breadth and depth of technology, and he communicates and brings a fresh energy to the workplace.

Joining panel discussions and conducting a workshop will be Edwards Wildman Palmer Partner Larry Freedman, who is a member of the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Group, and leads the firm’s Cloud Computing Group. Edwards Wildman has an active technology and communications regulatory and transactional practice. Larry Freedman previously served as president and CEO of WorldNet Telecommunications.

Please click here for biographies and photos of additional CDSE:2014 speakers representing such innovative organizations as Adjacent Technologies, Applied Geographics, Aspera, DigiCert, Flux7, Front Porch Digital, Iron Mountain, JW Secure, Kinetic Concepts, Mediafly, MyDirectives, NTT Data, OnRamp, Paragon, Prime Care Technologies, QRhythm, RealEyes Media, SERC, SoftServe, Talend, VDI Space, and Xvand

Please click here for the full agenda.

CDSE will cover Mobile Cloud, DevOps, and Big Data, the most powerful trends in the cloud computing industry today, and the three economic sectors that continue to lead migration to the cloud: Government & Military, Healthcare & Life Sciences, and Media & Entertainment.

Please click here to register. Share wisely, and take care.

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9/22 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyNext week, the Cloud Computing Association (CCA) and the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) will present the CLOUD DEVELOPERS SUMMIT & EXPO 2014 (CDSE:2014) at the Hilton Austin in Austin, TX.

We have a very exciting agenda planned for you over two days of conference sessions, workshops, and special seminars starting Wednesday morning October 1st.

On the business strategy track, first we’ll celebrate the debut of Tim Hayden’s new book "The Mobile Commerce Revolution" and then take a broad look at the state of cloud adoption focusing on the public sector with opening keynotes from Amazon Web Services and Google. A leading global cloud attorney from Edwards Wildman Palmer will join us for the panel discussion that follows.

Meanwhile our first workshops, from Microsoft and IBM, will feature “Getting Started with Azure” and “DevOps Services in the Cloud” and then, after a networking break, we’ll hear more from Microsoft and IBM in conference keynotes on enabling DevOps and Mobile Cloud Architectures.

These will be followed by a fascinating case study from Sense Corp. on the role of OutSystems in the College Bound cloud initiative. And again and throughout the conference we’ll follow the keynotes in each program block with an in-depth panel discussion.

Next Google and Dell will present workshops on “GIS & GPS in DriveTexas” and “Managing Hybrid Cloud Environments.”

Back on the conference track, Dell and Rackspace will address the “Current State of Private Cloud” followed by Aspera on “Cloud Object Stores.”

Rackspace will lead the concurrent workshop followed by SAP on “Ariba — the World’s Largest Sourcing Network.”

As something new in Austin, we’re offering a flexible meal plan where you can visit the Exhibit Hall for the Conference Luncheon Buffet at your convenience anytime between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM.

After lunch on Wednesday, we’ll pick-up with a program block focused on Media & Entertainment from Front Porch Digital, Mediafly, and RealEyes Media.

Or if you prefer, workshops from SoftServe on DevOps and Microsoft on Azure.

Next we’ll zero in on Mobile Cloud with Adjacent Technologies, JW Secure, and NetSuite.

Meanwhile, workshops will feature “IBM Bluemix: Mobile Apps in the Cloud” and “FedRAMP Accreditation” by Paragon.

After a mid-afternoon networking and refreshment break, we’ll continue with conference sessions on Big Data from SoftServe, Talend, and Oracle, and workshops on “Digital Transformation” from Dell and “Healthcare Exchange” from DigiCert.

And this will be followed by our most popular session — the Networking Cocktail Reception — thanks to Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors IBM, SoftServe, Rackspace, Edwards Wildman, Paragon, Iron Mountain, and OutSystems.

Thursday October 2nd will open with a series of cutting-edge sessions focusing on “Predictive Analytics” from QRhythm, “Virtual Desktops, Video Surveillance, and Biometrics” from VDI Space, and “Application Continuity” from Iron Mountain. Early morning workshops will cover “Real-Time Data Solutions with SAP’s HANA” and “Contained Excitement using Docker” from Rackspace.

Next we’ll have a fascinating case study about the 2014 World Cup “Staying Ahead of the Game” from SAP and a workshop “Hangout with Google.”

Our Healthcare program block will follow, with keynotes from OnRamp, Kinetic Concepts, and MyDirectives.

After a mid-morning networking and refreshments break, we’ll have workshops on “Building Managed Cloud Environments for the Public Sector” from IBM, “Critical Regulatory Issues” from Edwards Wildman, and “The Coming Internet of Things” from Flux7.

Our Conference Closing Session will cover “Mining the Cloud” and “Data Security” by SERC and Paragon, followed by some much needed “Reality Therapy” from Xvand.

CDSE will cover Mobile Cloud, DevOps, and Big Data, the most powerful trends in the cloud computing industry today, and the three economic sectors that continue to lead migration to the cloud: Government & Military, Healthcare & Life Sciences, and Media & Entertainment.

Please click here to register. Share wisely, and take care.

9/15 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

 

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyThank you to the more than eighty organizations that joined the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) in signing-on to US Congressional letters that the Digital Due Process (DDP) coalition sent to Senate and House of Representatives leaders this week.

The DDP letters advocate reform of the seriously outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to protect data stored in the cloud.

Very significant progress has been made in recent months to garner support for HR 1852: The Email Privacy Act (EPA) in the House, and its companion in the Senate, S 607: Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act (ECPAAA), and we are now pressing for passage during this session of Congress.

The House letter reads as follows:

"We write to urge you to bring to the floor H.R. 1852, the bipartisan Yoder- ­Polis bill updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).

Updating ECPA would respond to the deeply held concerns of Americans about their privacy.

H.R. 1852 would make it clear that the warrant standard of the U.S. Constitution applies to private digital information just as it applies to physical property.

The Yoder- ­Polis bill would aid American companies seeking to innovate and compete globally.

It would eliminate outdated discrepancies between the legal process for government access to data stored locally in one’s home or office and the process for the same data stored with third parties in the Internet ‘cloud.’

Consumers and businesses large and small are increasingly taking advantage of the efficiencies offered by web-based services.

American companies have been leaders in this field.

Yet ECPA, written in 1986, says that data stored in the cloud should be afforded less protection than data stored locally.

Removing uncertainty about the standards for government access to data stored online will encourage consumers and companies, including those outside the U.S., to utilize these services.

H.R. 1852 would not impede law enforcement.

The U.S. Department of Justice already follows the warrant-for-content rule of H.R. 1852.

The only resistance to reform comes from civil regulatory agencies that want an exception allowing them to obtain the content of customer documents and communications directly from third party service providers.

That would expand government power; government regulators currently cannot compel service providers to disclose their customers’ communications.

It would prejudice the innovative services that we want to support, creating one procedure for data stored locally and a different one for data stored in the cloud.

For these reasons, we oppose a carve-out for regulatory agencies or other rules that would treat private data differently depending on the type of technology used to store it.

H.R. 1852 is co-sponsored by over 260 Members, including a majority of the majority.

We urge you to bring it to the floor.

We believe it would pass overwhelmingly, proving to Americans and the rest of the world that the U.S. legal system values privacy in the digital age.

Sincerely,

Adobe, ACT | The App Association, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), American Library Association (ALA), Americans for Tax Reform, AOL, Apple, A Small Orange, Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Automattic, Autonet Mobile, Blacklight, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, BSA | The Software Alliance, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights (FPHR), Cheval Capital, CloudTech1, Code Guard, Coughlin Associates, Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), The Constitution Project, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Data Foundry, Digital Liberty, Direct Marketing Association (DMA), Disconnect, Discovery Institute, Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA), Dropbox, DuckDuckGo, Endurance International Group (EIG), Evernote, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Engine Advocacy, Facebook, Foursquare, FreedomWorks, Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), Gandi, Golden Frog, Google, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), The Internet Association, Intuit, Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition), Kwaai Oak, Less Government, LinkedIn, Media Science International (MSI), Microsoft, NetChoice, New America’s Open Technology Institute, Newspaper Association of America (NAA), Oracle, Peer1 Hosting, Personal, Rackspace, Records Preservation and Access Committee, R Street Institute, reddit, ScreenPlay, Servint, Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), Symantec, Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), Tech Assets, TechFreedom, TechNet, Tucows, Tumblr, Twitter, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Yahoo! Inc.”

The Senate letter was presented to DCINFO readers here.

With HR 1852 and S 607, American lawmakers have the rare opportunity to update digital communications privacy for the 21st century by providing the same amount of privacy to data stored in the cloud as to information stored on premises.

This Wednesday September 17th is Constitution Day.

What a great opportunity to let your elected officials know that there is no better time to pass ECPA reform and affirm Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights online.

By passing these measures, Congress can show it takes its constituents’ privacy seriously — and that it can enact meaningful reform, which will level the playing field for the protection of electronic communications.

Share wisely, and take care.

9/8 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

 

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyFederal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler believes current options for Americans to access the Internet are insufficient.

As part of the first of a series of speeches on the broadband market, in Washington, DC on Thursday, Chairman Wheeler said that for higher Internet speeds, “there is simply no competitive choice for most Americans.”

"Three-quarters of American homes have no competitive choice for the essential infrastructure of 21st century economics and democracy."

The DCIA could not be more supportive of the Chairman’s call for faster and better broadband, and for all Americans to have more competitive broadband choices.

About 75 percent of the country does have at least two companies competing to provide web download speeds up to 4 megabits per second (Mbps), which is the FCC’s current definition of “broadband.”

But that speed is no longer adequate when a single HD video delivered to an end-user requires at least 5 Mbps of capacity.

The FCC has said that the standard for broadband should be updated to 10 Mbps, which Wheeler acknowledged still “doesn’t fully capture the increasing demand” for high-speed Internet, especially when multiple devices use the same connection.

For download speeds of 25 Mbps, more than half the country has just one company to choose from, and one-fifth of the US has no option at all for that speed.

Depending on geography and the service tier desired, Wheeler said that for anywhere from 37 to 75 percent of US homes, there is no choice of provider.

All consumers should have access to robust broadband and to a competitive choice of providers.

The DCIA will continue to work with the FCC and other policymakers on constructive actions that will incentivize the infrastructure investment and ongoing innovation needed to make that vision a reality.

New technologies, fiber build-outs, the reallocation of additional unlicensed spectrum for commercial mobile broadband use, and other steps to improve the efficiency of wired and wireless broadband networks need to be taken.

Does this justify reclassifying broadband as a communications service, which would give the FCC much greater authority to regulate broadband services?

With broadband reclassified under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, theoretically the FCC could take measures to encourage more and more effective competition.

But there is no way to demonstrate that such a reclassification would actually lead to needed private sector improvements and modernization rather than the opposite.

Instead, the DCIA suggests revisiting the principles Chairman Wheeler has expounded for some time now and identifying practical, common-sense, business approaches to best achieve each of them:

Where competition exists, the Commission will protect it; where greater competition can exist, the Commission will encourage it; where meaningful competition is not available, the Commission will work to create it; and where competition cannot be expected to exist, the Commission must shoulder the responsibility of promoting the deployment of broadband for the sake of consumers and innovators.

If history can be trusted to serve as a guide, a light regulatory touch will encourage more investment from more companies and a higher degree of technological advancement in every one of these areas. Share wisely, and take care.

9/1 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyThe Digital Due Process (DDP) coalition, in which the DCIA is a participant, for more than two years has advocated reform of the seriously outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to protect data stored in the cloud.

Very significant progress has been made in recent months to garner support for HR 1852: The Email Privacy Act (EPA) in the US House of Representatives, and its companion in the US Senate, S 607: Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act (ECPAAA).

American lawmakers can show they take their constituents’ privacy seriously — and that they can enact meaningful reform, which will level the playing field for the protection of electronic communications — by passing these bills.

These measures will require government agents to obtain warrants from a judge in order to force service providers to disclose private data they store in the cloud for their customers.

DCIA Member companies and leading private sector organizations are invited to sign-on to the following letter that DDP will present to Congressional leaders this week.

If you’d like to sign-on, please email me here.

We’ll add your company or entity’s name to the signatories, and send you a final copy for your records.

The Senate version is shown below — the House version will reference that there are now 260 co-sponsors, a majority of Members:

"We write to urge you to bring to the floor S. 607, the bipartisan Leahy-Lee bill updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).

Updating ECPA would respond to the deeply held concerns of Americans about their privacy. S. 607 would make it clear that the warrant standard of the U.S. Constitution applies to private digital information just as it applies to physical property.

The Leahy-Lee bill would aid American companies seeking to innovate and compete globally. It would eliminate outdated discrepancies between the legal process for government access to data stored locally in one’s home or office and the process for the same data stored with third parties in the Internet ‘cloud.’

Consumers and businesses large and small are increasingly taking advantage of the efficiencies offered by web-based services. American companies have been leaders in this field. Yet ECPA, written in 1986, says that data stored in the cloud should be afforded less protection than data stored locally. Removing uncertainty about the standards for government access to data stored online will encourage consumers and companies, including those outside the U.S., to utilize these services.

S. 607 would not impede law enforcement. The U.S. Department of Justice already follows the warrant-for-content rule of S. 607. The only resistance to reform comes from civil regulatory agencies that want an exception allowing them to obtain the content of customer documents and communications directly from third party service providers.

That would expand government power; government regulators currently cannot compel service providers to disclose their customers’ communications. It would prejudice the innovative services that we want to support, creating one procedure for data stored locally and a different one for data stored in the cloud. For these reasons, we oppose a carve-out for regulatory agencies or other rules that would treat private data differently depending on the type of technology used to store it.

S. 607 was approved by the Judiciary Committee last year. (H.R. 1852 is co-sponsored by over 260 Members, including a majority of the majority.) We urge you to bring it to the floor. We believe it would pass overwhelmingly, proving to Americans and the rest of the world that the U.S. legal system values privacy in the digital age.”

With HR 1852 and S 607, Congress has the rare opportunity to update digital communications privacy for the 21st century by providing the same amount of privacy to online as offline communications, as guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.

Feel free to contact me with questions. Share wisely, and take care.

8/25 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

 

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyThe Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) and Cloud Computing Association (CCA) are very pleased to welcome IBM to our all new co-hosted CLOUD DEVELOPERS SUMMIT & EXPO 2014 (CDSE:2014), featuring industry leaders Amazon, Dell, Google, Microsoft, NetSuite, Oracle, Rackspace, and SAP, among many other cloud-computing innovators.

Delegate registration at early-bird rates ends September 6th for CDSE:2014, which will take place in Austin, TX on October 1st and 2nd.

Business strategy and technical sessions covering the latest trends — Mobile Cloud, DevOps, and Big Data — as well as general interest cloud service topics will be featured along with a special focus on three economic sectors experiencing the most cloud adoption: Media & Entertainment, Government & Military, and Healthcare & Life Sciences.

IBM is a CDSE:2014 Gold Sponsor.

IBM’s keynote address, “Mobile Cloud Architectures,” by Sal Vella, Vice President, Rational Product Development and Customer Support, IBM Software Group, will highlight how government and healthcare entities, and businesses from banks to retailers, are using cloud-based mobile development and delivery environments to very quickly develop in the cloud, deliver on mobile, and test using innovative mobile and cloud capabilities.

Most industries are also demonstrating a strong preference for hybrid-cloud environments by blending the use of on-premises and off-premises environments. Real client examples will be featured.

Sal Vella oversees worldwide development and support of the extensive IBM Rational Product Portfolio.

In previous positions, he was the Vice President for IBM Software Group Architecture and Technology based in Somers, NY, responsible for the IBM Software Group Technical Architecture including architectural standards, support of industry standards, and setting standards and guidelines for IBM’s large software development organization.

Sal Vella was also IBM Vice President, Development, Distributed Data Servers and Data Warehousing, and IBM Director of Enterprise Content, responsible for managing IBM’s worldwide development of its Content Management software portfolio; and has also been responsible for the development of Storage Software and development of the DB2 Universal Database product set.

IBM will also present two workshops: “DevOps Services in the Cloud: From Idea to Production in Minutes” and “IBM Bluemix: Build, Deploy and Test a Mobile App in the Cloud.”

Sandhya Kapoor, Senior Software Engineer, IBM Ecosystem Development, Strategic Initiatives, will lead the DevOps Workshop.

Do you want to build, deploy, and optimize mobile and cloud applications quickly? Attend this session to experience a rapid development environment with integrated services for DevOps — you just need minutes, not weeks, to be up and running with a fully integrated environment offering all the services and tools you need.

If you need a secure, private environment to collaborate across your team and your external consultants (as others are doing today), this is the place for you: Get your hands on an end-to-end solution with the services you need to deliver your innovative ideas quickly. Mobile testing and feedback is included!

Sandhya Kapoor has been working in the Austin, TX Lab since 1989, contributing to IBM’s major software projects including Bluemix, IBM’s Cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Offering, Distributed Computing Environment (DCE), WebSphere Application Server, Stack products using WebSphere Application Server, Business Process Manager and Pure Application Systems.

Check-out Sandhya Kapoor’s blog here and follow her on twitter @sandhya_ibm.

Leigh Williamson, IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Mobile Software Development Strategy, CTO Team, Rational Software, will lead the Mobile Apps Workshop.

Do you need a way to have users just shake their mobile device to provide detailed In-app Bug Reporting — without time consuming manual entry on status and the issue? How about Over-the-Air Distribution to get your latest app version in the hands of testers fast?

What about Automated Crash Reporting and User Feedback and Sentiment? You need all of this and more. Attend this session to see how you can instantly gain these capabilities through the cloud. Plus, you’ll learn how you can build and deploy an App in minutes in the IBM Bluemix environment.

Leigh Williamson has been working in the Austin, TX lab since 1988, contributing to IBM’s major software projects including OS/2, DB2, AIX, Java, WebSphere Application Server, and the IBM Rational portfolio of solutions.

Check-out Leigh Williamson’s blog here and follow him on twitter @leighawilli.

IBM’s participation exemplifies the two major offerings of CDSE:2014:

During the business conference at CDSE:2014, thirty-six highly focused strategic and technical keynotes, breakout panels, and Q&A sessions will thoroughly explore cloud computing solutions, and ample opportunities will be provided for one-on-one networking with the major players in this space.

At eighteen co-located CDSE:2014 instructional workshops and special seminars facilitated by industry leading speakers and world-class technical trainers, attendees will, see, hear, learn and master critical skills in sessions devoted to the unique challenges and opportunities for developers, programmers, and solutions architects.

All aspects of cloud computing will be represented: storage, networking, applications, integration, and aggregation.

To learn more about conducting an instructional workshop, exhibiting, or sponsoring CDSE:2014, contact Don Buford, Executive Director, or Hank Woji, VP Business Development, at the CCA.

If you’d like to speak at this major industry event, please contact me at the DCIA.

Register now. Share wisely, and take care.