Monday, 7 December 2009

Bring back Common Carriers....

Fun to seedeep packet inspection (DPI) becoming a topic of everyday conversation as it gets applied to survey, and possibly in the future shut down, file sharers - a service of Detica coming to a Virgin ISP near you....

A major challenge for the commercial sector for years has been the growth in SSL traffic crossing firewalls being annoyingly opaque to deep packet inspection. (The only real solution is one that cracks open the packets by decrypting using "SSL Inspection Appliances" from the likes of Netronome, Blue Coat, et al.)

So on the one hand DPI is a tool for surveillance of unencrypted just as the amount of encrypted traffic is growing; and how long before those file sharers adopt it - oh they have already since 2005. On the other hand maybe if we all adopted encryption for all traffic, perhaps service providers in future might avoid £8000 fines  - could it possibly reinstate them as "common carriers" if they require users to encrypt all traffic.

"Dear Blogspot, can I please be accessible as ..."

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Progress on open data

Good to see that Tim and Nigel have been making the most of the opportunity offered to open up the govt data - very useful for Horizon we should be watching these data sources eagerly as they come online to see what new and interesting applications they might enable. They have a column in the Times Online "Put in your postcode, out comes the data".

Right now I'd appreciate a map that allowed me to click on the street lamp outside my house and sent off email to whoever is responsible for fixing it :-)

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Can Information be Personal? & Ad-hoc networks

Some very interesting thoughts on information privacy and the Data Protection Act from a lecture at the Caledonian Research Foundation (RSE) by Baroness Onora O'Neill - "Can Information be Personal".
"The definition [of ‘processing’] in the Act is a compendious definition and it is difficult to envisage any action involving data which does not amount to processing within this definition"
I was amused reading this lecture this week as it co-incided with finding an example not covered by the Act - from the ICO we find a press release from 2007!
"However, the Regulations only apply to messages sent over a public electronic communications network and we have concluded that Bluetooth messages are not in fact sent using such a network."
Nor a lot of research networks of the last number of years! (e.g. Haggle...)

I am told this loophole is to close.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Vint Cerf: 'Google doesn't know who you are'

No no no no no; we are in a terrible place and it is getting worse; Vint please don't do this.....

Friday, 6 November 2009

S3MR - Spring School on Social Media Retrieval

S3MR will be held during  February 22-25, 2010 in beautiful city of Interlaken, Switzerland.

DEADLINE: November 17, 2009.

Multimedia content has become ubiquitous on the web, creating new challenges for indexing, access, search and retrieval. At the same time, much of this content is made available on content sharing websites like YouTube or Flickr, or shared on social networks like Facebook. In such environments, the content is usually accompanied with metadata, tags, ratings, comments, information about the uploader and their social network, etc.

Analysis of these "social media" shows a great potential in improving the performance of traditional multimedia information analysis/retrieval approaches by bridging the semantic gap between the "objective" multimedia content analysis and "subjective" users' needs and impressions. The integration of these aspects however is non-trivial and has created a vibrant, interdisciplinary field of research.

The Spring School on Social Media Retrieval aims at bringing together young researchers from neighboring disciplines, offering

(1) lectures delivered by experts from academy and industry providing a clear and in-depth summary of state-of-the-art research in social media retrieval,

(2) collaborative projects in small groups providing hands-on experience on integrative work on selected problems from the field.


   * Content distribution over social/peer-to-peer networks
   * Multimedia content analysis
   * Automatic multimedia annotation/tagging
   * Multimedia indexing/search/retrieval
   * Implicit media tagging
   * Social data analysis
   * Collaborative tagging

Confirmed lecturers:
-Susanne Boll, Carl von Ossietzky Universit├Ąt, Oldenburg, Germany ,
-Roelof van Zwol, Yahoo Research, Barcelona, Spain,
-Ciro Cattuto, ISI Foundation, Turino, Italy,

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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Internet of Things CFP

Interesting conference for that mixed physical and virtual world.....            

The "Internet of Things (IoT)" disrupts with the today's Internet
limitations of human-entered data: technologies like RFID, short-range
wireless communications, real-time localization, and sensor networks
empower computers to perceive the world for themselves. Standardized
infrastructures capable of managing, sharing and processing this
captured data will be necessary in order to bring the Internet of Things
into commercial use. This interlinking of physical world and cyberspace
foreshadows an exciting endeavor that is highly relevant to
researchers, corporations, and individuals.