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  • 29 September 2015 - Press Release: Global ICT leaders to share insights at ITU Telecom World 2015
    Geneva: Sep 30, 2015 - Leadership Summit to focus on accelerating ICT innovation for social impact ...

  • 26 September 2015 - Press Release: ITU launches annual award recognizing leadership in sustainable development through ICTs
    New York: Sep 27, 2015 - Celebrating the power of information and communications technology to drive the global 2030 development agenda...

  • 25 September 2015 - Press Release: UN Broadband Commission affirms new focus on Sustainable Development Goals
    New York: Sep 26, 2015 - Broadband networks and services can act as a powerful catalyst to accelerate development actions and transform lives and communities...

  • 24 September 2015 - Press Release: ITU Telecom World 2015 Young Innovators Competition: ITU and Intel announce winners of Single Board Challenge
    Geneva: Sep 25, 2015 - Challenge highlights use of single board devices for social good ...

  • 23 September 2015 - Press Release: Urgent action needed to combat online violence against women and girls, says new UN report
    New York: Sep 24, 2015 - Millions affected globally, but most countries still failing to effectively address growing problem...

  • 20 September 2015 - Press Release: Global broadband growth slows sharply: 4 billion still offline
    Geneva: Sep 21, 2015 - UN Broadband Commission releases new country-by-country data on state of broadband access worldwide...

  • 15 September 2015 - Press Release: ITU tackles financial inclusion for 2 billion people
    Geneva: Sep 16, 2015 - ITU focus group on Digital Financial Services hosts telco and financial services regulators from across the globe in Kuala Lumpur...

  • 07 September 2015 - Press Release: ITU Telecom World 2015 announces influential speaker line-up
    Geneva: Sep 08, 2015 - Experts to focus on accelerating ICT innovation for social impact ...

  • 02 September 2015 - Communique: ITU deploys emergency telecommunication equipment in Dominica
    Geneva: Sep 03, 2015 - Relief coordination underway in aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika ...

  • 17 August 2015 - Communique: ITU deploys emergency communication equipment in Myanmar
    Geneva: Aug 18, 2015 - International relief effort underway in aftermath of widespread floods...

  • - ITU-T Newslog migrated to a new platform

    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.

       



  • - New ITU standards on cloud computing security and digital object architecture

    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.

       



  • - Richard C. Brackney

    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.

       



  • - Connected Cities: Smart Sustainable Cities

    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.

       



  • - Turning the e-waste challenge into an opportunity

    In the run-up to the Telefónica-hosted 3rd ITU Green Standards Week in Madrid, 16-20 September, a post to the ITU blog penned by Maya Ormazabal, Head of Environment at Telefónica Corporation, frames the debate around electrical and electronic waste (‘e-waste’) and how its proliferation – today cause for concern – could in the future lead to new, sustainable business opportunities in reuse and recycling.

    Read the full blog post here

       



  • - Algeria to host meetings on standards for IMT, M2M, IoT, Cloud Computing and SDN

    The first meeting of the ITU-T Study Group 13 Regional Group for Africa (SG13 RG-AFR), the group to coordinate African contributions to the standardization work of ITU-T Study Group 13 (Future networks), will be preceded by a one-day workshop – free of charge and open to all – on “Standardization on IMT, M2M, IoT, Cloud Computing and SDN”. The workshop will, in addition, be followed by a meeting of the SG13 ‘Rapporteur Group’ tasked with developing international standards (ITU-T Recommendations) under Question 5/13 “Applying IMS and IMT in developing country mobile telecom networks”.

    The events are being organized by ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) and hosted by Algeria’s Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (ARPT) in Algiers, Algeria, 8-12 September; as follows:

    ITU Workshop on “Standardization on IMT, M2M, IoT, Cloud Computing and SDN”, 8 September:

    The workshop will provide an overview of ITU-T and, in particular, SG13 work in these areas as well as an opportunity for discussion and knowledge-sharing around regional developments on these topics. It will also feature an introduction to the objectives of SG13RG-AFR, which is expected to prioritize the study of cloud computing and future networks.

    Rapporteur Group meeting on Question 5/13 “Applying IMS and IMT in developing country mobile telecom networks”, 9 September:

    The ‘Rapporteur Group’ or task team responsible for Question 5/13 will progress its standardization work on the scenarios and requirements of developing-country implementations of International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT-2000 or ‘3G’; IMT-Advanced or ‘4G’), the systems of radiocommunication standards developed and maintained by ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) that enable global mobile telecommunications and high-speed mobile broadband. ITU-T, through SG13, produces complementary standards detailing networking aspects of IMT.

    First meeting of the ITU-T Study Group 13 Regional Group for Africa (SG13RG-AFR), 10-12 September:

    Within ITU-T Study Groups, Regional Groups aim to ensure that ITU-T Recommendations address the needs of all the world’s regions. As such, Regional Groups play a key role in ITU’s work to ‘bridge the standardization gap’ between developed and developing countries by fostering an inclusive environment where all possess equal opportunity to contribute to and influence the standardization process. SG13RG-AFR will consolidate African regional contributions to the work of SG13, and its first meeting will determine the group’s guiding Action Plan, working procedures and work programme, as well as the schedule of work to be undertaken in preparation for the next meeting of SG13 in Kampala, Uganda, 4-15 November 2013

       



  • - Roaming workshop scheduled for Geneva

    ITU will host a High Level Workshop to review developments in International Mobile Roaming services (IMRs), 23-24 September in Geneva.

    The event will bring together senior representatives of relevant ministries, regulatory bodies and operators to review developments in IMRs, by examining the economic and regulatory steps which have been taken to reduce prices and improve competition.

    Results of a new ITU Report on “International mobile roaming services: Facilitating competition and protecting users ” will be presented during the Workshop. The paper analyses initiatives to address high prices for international mobile roaming services as well as measures to improve protection for users. Providing analysis of a number of policy and regulatory initiatives and changes in the roaming business model and marketplace, the paper examines developments and discusses best practices and recommendations to develop more efficient markets for international mobile roaming services.

    Roaming was a hot topic at the recent World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) with Article 4 of the International Telecommunication Regulations on International Telecommunication Services stating:

    4.4 Member States shall foster measures to ensure that authorized operating agencies provide free-of-charge, transparent, up-to-date and accurate information to end users on international  telecommunication services, including international roaming prices and the associated relevant conditions, in a timely manner.

    4.5 Member States shall foster measures to ensure that telecommunication services in international roaming of satisfactory quality are provided to visiting users.

    4.6 Member States should foster cooperation among authorized operating agencies in order to avoid and mitigate inadvertent roaming charges in border zones.

    4.7 Member States shall endeavour to promote competition in the provision of international roaming services and are encouraged to develop policies that foster competitive roaming prices for the benefit of end users.

    The text within the international treaty followed agreement by ITU Members from the public and private sectors on measures to reduce ‘bill-shock’ whereby consumers are faced with unexpected and excessive charges for mobile roaming. In September 2012 they approved Recommendation ITU-T D.98, which includes a number of measures to empower consumers and encourage operators to lower tariffs. These measures  represented the first truly international agreement taking steps towards lowering roaming costs.

    Participants at the High Level Workshop will be given the opportunity to discuss this Resolution and Recommendation as well as other Recommendations, best practices and initiatives which have led or could lead to lower prices, facilitating more competition and protecting users.

    The event is free of charge and open to all ITU Members, mandatory registration is via this webpage. All the information about this High Level Workshop is available on the website: www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Regulatory-Market/Pages/Events2013/GE_Roaming/home.aspx.

     


     



  • - Kaleidoscope 2014: Living in a converged world – impossible without standards?

    Living in a converged world – impossible without standards? That’s the question posed as the title of the sixth ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference. Kaleidoscope 2014 will be hosted by Bonch-Bruevich Saint-Petersburg State University of Telecommunications (SPbSUT), Russian Federation, 3-5 June 2014.

    Kaleidoscope events are peer-reviewed academic conferences that increase dialogue between academics and experts working on ICT standardization.

    Kaleidoscope 2014 is calling for academic papers offering innovative approaches to research on the role of ICT standardization in today’s global economy characterized by accelerating convergence of industry sectors and technologies.

    The conference will uncover ideas to leverage this convergence in service of the public interest. It will highlight areas where ICT standards will improve energy efficiency and ease the introduction of new services in fields spanning healthcare, education, transport, banking, energy and more. The event will also explore means to enhance the inclusivity of the Information Society; addressing the demands of people with disabilities, and the need for standards to be accessible to people of different countries and languages.

    Kaleidoscope 2014 is being organized by ITU with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE ComSoc, the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) of Japan and the Popov Society of the Russian Federation. Partners in the organization of 2014’s event are the Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation; Waseda University; the Institute of Image Electronics Engineers of Japan (I.I.E.E.J.); the European Academy for Standardization (EURAS); the University of the Basque Country; and Tampere University of Technology.

    A Call for Papers has been issued and invites submissions until 25 November 2013. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. Selected papers will be published in the conference’s proceedings and in IEEE Xplore. The best papers will be evaluated for potential publication in IEEE Communications Magazine. In addition, selected papers will be considered for publication in the International Journal of Technology Marketing or the International Journal of IT Standards & Standardization Research. Young authors presenting a paper at the conference will receive Young Author Recognition certificates.

    For sponsorship opportunities, please contact the ITU-T Kaleidoscope secretariat at kaleidoscope@itu.int.

    For additional information, please see Kaleidoscope 2014’s webpage here.

     



  • - Does almost everyone have a phone?

    Findings from the ITU suggest that the answer to this question is not as simple as it might seem. It is estimated that by the end of 2013, there will be nearly as many mobile subscriptions worldwide as there are people on Earth, with more than half of these subscriptions in the Asia-Pacific region. If this trend continues, it is predicted that mobile subscriptions could reach 7 billion in 2014...

    Read the full article on ITU Blog

     

  • - 3rd ITU Green Standards Week to advance smart sustainable cities

    The 3rd ITU Green Standards Week is set to tackle an agenda featuring ‘Smart Sustainable Cities’, e-waste, mobile device eco-rating schemes, and climate monitoring and disaster warning using submarine communications networks.

    The 2013 event is being organized by ITU and hosted by Telefónica at its headquarters in Madrid, Spain, 16-20 September 2013, with partners comprising the Basel Convention,CEDARE, UNEP, UNESCO-IOC, the United Nations University, WMO and sponsors such as Huawei and Fujitsu.

    Cities are the hubs of innovation that drive economic development, but, particularly in the early years of a city’s growth, urbanization can have adverse effects on the health of the environment and, consequently, that of citizens.

    Governments, businesses and technologists are devising ways to encourage a 21st-century brand of urbanization that leverages ICTs to match technological and economic progress with improvements in environmental sustainability and social wellbeing. Standardization is a means through which to ensure that smart-city breakthroughs become accessible to all cities around the world, expanding the number of people to benefit from smarter ways of living and putting more minds to the task of building more environmentally responsible cities.

    Green Standards Week’s agenda includes a High Level Segment on Smart Sustainable Cities, the second meeting of the ITU-T Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities, 17 September, as well as the prize-giving for the Telefónica-supported 3rd ITU Green ICT Application Challenge, 18 September. The week’s discussions will take shape as follows:

    • 16 September 2013: ITU, UNEP, UNU, CEDARE Forum on e-Waste
    • 17 September 2013 (morning): Forum on Greening Mobile Devices: Building Eco-Rating Schemes
    • 17 September 2013 (afternoon): 2nd Meeting of the Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities
    • 18 September 2013: High Level Segment on Smart Sustainable Cities
    • 19-20 September 2013 (morning): 3rd ITU/WMO/UNESCO-IOC Workshop on Propelling a Pilot Project on Green Cables
    • 20 September 2013 (afternoon): Closed Meeting of the ITU/WMO/UNESCO-IOC Joint Task Force on Submarine Communications Networks For Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning

    The event is free of charge and open to all interested parties, also offering online ‘remote participation’.

    Interested stakeholders are invited to take up a sponsorship at ITU Green Standards Week 2013.

    Green Standards Week will offer exceptional opportunities to reach highly influential audiences, both broad and targeted.

    For more information on the programme and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

    Find more information, including practical information on hotels and visas and details of how to register as an onsite or online participant, here.

    Find more information on ITU-T, the Environment and Climate Change here.

     



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