Articles about Governance

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Marc Andreessen has a pretty creepy relationship with Zuck

Silicon Valley is very big on virtual reality right now. But imagine a VR “game” where you can control a company remotely, but without any of the fiduciary duty that the law places on a company executive, or an investor? You don’t need nerd goggles to play this game. For it’s very similar to the relationship that’s emerged …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Dec 2016
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Shared services centres flop: Only one UK.gov department uses them

The government's plan to move all of Whitehall's back office IT into shared services centres has been such a flop, all but one department has pulled out of the scheme, according to the National Audit Office. The shared services centres, run separately by IT provider Arvato and French outsourcer Sopra Steria, were set up in …
Kat Hall, 08 Dec 2016
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In EU, Veritas: Post-Symantec firm flogs data protection 'safety' to biz

Veritas has announced a major release of NetBackup, v8.0, and says it's ready to help businesses respond to the 2017 EU General Data Protection Regulations. The firm has been spun out of Symantec, energised under new ownership and management to develop and sell its products into today's heterogeneous and hybrid on-premises/ …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2016

R3 four flew: What's driving banks to flee blockchain consortium?

Analysis The value of distributed ledgers and blockchain tech to the financial sector has again come under the spotlight following the departure of several entities from prominent blockchain consortium R3: namely Goldman Sachs, Santander, Morgan Stanley and the National Australian Bank. All four left the consortium this month, and with …

The Internet Society is unhappy about security – pretty much all of it

The Internet Society (ISOC) is the latest organisation saying, in essence, “security is rubbish – fix it”. Years of big data breaches are having their impact, it seems: in its report released last week, it quotes a 54-country, 24,000-respondent survey reporting a long-term end user trend to become more fearful in using the …
Sharon White, new head of Ofcom, former Second Perm Sec at the Treasury

Surprise, surprise. BT the only Universal Service Obligation provider in town

BT is the only player to offer its services for universal coverage of 10Mbps by 2020, but has also placed a number of conditions on doing so, head of comms regulator Ofcom Sharon White has said. Speaking at the Culture, Media and Sports Committee hearing, White said BT has expressed interest in delivering the government's …
Kat Hall, 23 Nov 2016
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HDS has HCI – but it's not hyper-converged infrastructure

HDS has announced Hitachi Content Intelligence, software which can search for and read content in multiple structured and unstructured data silos and analyse it. HCI can extract data from the silos and pump it into workflows to process it in various ways. Users of HCI can be authorised so that sensitive content is only viewed …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2016

Adobe fined a whole million dollars for 2013 mega-breach

Fifteen of the United States of America have flogged Adobe with warm, wet, lettuce for its 2013 mega-breach that saw 38 million credentials leaked. North Carolina attorney general Roy Cooper says his State, plus 14 others*, have agreed that Adobe should hand over one million US dollars to compensate the 552,000 punters whose …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2016
Hadoop

Hadoop for joy? ODPi 2.0's available, but questions persist

The Hadoop standardisations body, ODPi, has today made its 2.0 release generally available. Formerly the Open Data Platform initiative, now known only as ODPi, the second iteration of the Hadoop interoperability program will include updated specifications for runtime. Where its previous release had established standards for …
Noah's Ark

Arkivum's new CEO gets £3m cash boost to play with – now what?

Interview Arkivum has gained £3m funding after appointing a new CEO. The firm is in the AaaS business, archiving as a service. When Guy Yaniv became CEO in June, the previous grand fromage, Jim Cook, became Chief Customer Officer. But he left in October and is now a Project Lead at Genomics England. We asked Arkivum some questions, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2016

Brace yourselves! Blighty is turning to AI for help

The UK government is looking at ways to revamp its digital services with the help of machine learning and AI, according to a new report released by the Government Office for Science. AI is the biggest trend taking over technology, and with the looming presence of autonomous vehicles and robots, governments are beginning to …
Katyanna Quach, 11 Nov 2016
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Glued-shut IT wallets hindered UK govt's programmes – study

Efforts by the previous UK government to rein in lavish Whitehall technology spending caused more harm than good in some instances. That's according to a new academic paper, titled Identifying the critical success factors for major government projects that incorporate IT or “digital” developments. It builds upon two …
Kat Hall, 21 Oct 2016
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Buck up, UK.gov. You need to get a grip on failing shared services centres - PAC

MPs have urged the Cabinet Office to get a grip on its embarrassing efforts to consolidate departments' back offices into two privately owned shared services centres. Moves to shift departments' back office servers and ERP systems were announced to much fanfare four years ago - but have yet to save the government any cash …
Kat Hall, 19 Oct 2016

Oh God, here comes the artificially intelligent boss bot – look busy!

Finnish IT services firm Tieto has added software to a leadership team that oversees a recently formed data-focused business group. The bot, or "artificial intelligence agent," is referred to as Alicia T. It will have "the opportunity to participate in team meetings and cast a vote on business direction," according to the …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Oct 2016
Container-ship

VMware waves white flag: vSphere, vRealize, VSAN dock with Docker

VMworld Europe Containers are docking at this week's VMworld Europe Barcelona shindig – with VMware supporting containers in its compute, storage and management product set (vSphere, VSAN and vRealize) for production use. VMware is seemingly taking EMC's approach to disruptive technology by disrupting itself by its own hand: witness EMC …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2016
Giant burger

Burger barn put cloud on IT menu, burned out its developers

In Australia fast-food history played out differently to the rest of the world and the nation no longer has Burger King. So when you want a Whopper down under you head to a chain called “Hungry Jack's” that is pretty much a BK clone. We mention the burger barn because Vulture South today encountered its CIO Bruce Nolte, who …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2016
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Understand your data and make good decisions

Promo Data, data everywhere and not an insight in sight. Tableau, the business intelligence and analytics software firm, is on a mission to help you see and understand your data and enable you to make informed, fast decisions. Tableau uses its own software everyday throughout the business and wants to show you how it does this in " …
David Gordon, 11 Oct 2016
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Inside the Box thinking: People want software for the public cloud

Analysis On-premises file sync and share and collaboration is yesterday's story. The future is the public cloud with dedicated software service suppliers, like Box. File sync, share and collaboration is not a feature, but a product, best expressed as a service (SaaS) through Box's three data centres and the public cloud, and not …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2016
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Hyperledger chain gang man explains Penguins' blockchain play

LinuxCon, Berlin Jim Zemlin raises an eyebrow when I say Hyperledger is rather outside Linux Foundation's usual domain, being a bit, er, consumery. “It’s totally enterprise,” the Foundation's executive director tells me. “It’s infrastructure.” Just like Linux, he reckons. Hyperledger is the layer above the operating system, above Linux. Linux …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Oct 2016
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If someone can translate Salesforce's $700m cool Krux plan into English, we'd be really grateful

Salesforce is buying data aggregator and analytics outfit Krux for US$700m in cash and shares. Exactly what Krux, based in San Francisco, does is hidden in wonderfully esoteric babble speak. It allegedly "provides a holistic system for consumer engagement and data governance, helping marketers, media companies, and agencies …

Internet of Things security? Start with who owns the data

“Defence is only as strong as the weakest link,” said Tim Phipps of Solarflare at today’s Cambridge Wireless event on security within the Internet of Things. Today's Cambridge Wireless event was part of its Special Interest Group focusing on security and defence. In particular, on securing and defending the Internet of Things …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Sep 2016

US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

The US government is entering the next stage of grief and loss over IPv6, asking companies to explain why they won't just move over to the new protocol. "We are on the verge of an explosion in the number of Internet-connected devices, from smartwatches to connected refrigerators, furniture and thermostats," the National …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Sep 2016
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IBM, WanDisco, DataTorrent and pals sign Hadoop interoperability pact

The initiative created to standardise Apache Hadoop applications has netted a handful of large enterprise vendors that have committed to its interoperability programme. The Open Data Platform initiative (ODPi) has announced that DataTorrent, IBM, Pivotal, SAS, Syncsort, WanDisco and Xavient have committed themselves to only …

Senator! calls! for! SEC! probe! to! be! inserted! into! Yahoo!

A US Senator is calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission to join the queue to administer a kicking to Yahoo!. Yahoo! has admitted hackers accessed about 500 million of its email accounts. The announcement came last week, but the actual hack happened back in 2014. Democrat Senator Mark Warner, who sits on the Senate’ …
John Oates, 27 Sep 2016
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Scrapped NHS care.data ballsup cost taxpayer almost £8m

Exclusive NHS England spent nearly £8m on its controversial care.data programme before scrapping it earlier this year, El Reg can reveal. The publicly hated programme was beset by delays and was criticised by both doctors and privacy campaigners about the haphazard way it would share sensitive medical data of citizens with commercial …
Sooraj Shah, 27 Sep 2016

The Great British domain name rip-off: Overcharged .uk customers help pay for cheaper .vodka

UK domain name holders are being overcharged while the company behind it wins contracts by undercutting the market in what may be illegal market abuse. In recent months, Nominet has signed a number of contracts with commercial operators of dozens of internet extensions ranging from .boston to .vodka. More deals are in the …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Sep 2016
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BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

BT's Openreach is today releasing a service dashboard for customers in an attempt to be more transparent about its “performance issues” over areas such as missed appointments. Chief exec of Openreach Clive Selley said in a call that missed appointments by BT were down by one-third compared with last May. "I'm confident we …
Kat Hall, 22 Sep 2016
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Despite IANA storm, ICANN shows just why it shouldn't be allowed to take over internet's critical functions

Internet overseer ICANN has responded to allegations of mismanagement, opaque decision-making, and an institutional lack of accountability by launching a review. That review, however, will not touch on the most serious charges leveled at the organization, including the fact that its staff deliberately misled companies seeking …
Chris Williams, 22 Sep 2016

Anti-ICANN Cruzade continues: Senator Ted still desperately trying to defund US govt

The transition of the internet's critical technical functions from the US government to non-profit organization ICANN, planned for next week, remains under threat thanks to an ongoing crusade by Senator Ted Cruz. In much the same way that Donald Trump has exploited weaknesses in the political system to become the Republican …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2016

Official: Cloud computing is now mainstream

Cloud computing is so mainstream these days that maybe it should just be called “computing”. That’s what an IDC survey of 6,100 organisations in 31 countries, released today, indicates, with 68 per cent of respondents using public, private or hybrid cloud in their IT mix. This is a 60 per cent jump from 42 per cent of …
Drew Cullen, 20 Sep 2016

Target lost, Cruz missile misses: Ted's ICANN crusade is basically over

An effort to disrupt the handover of critical internet technical tasks from the US government to DNS overseer ICANN appears to have petered out. The US Senate is due to take a vote Monday afternoon on a "continuing resolution" to keep the government funded through to the end of the year, taking the issue off the table prior to …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Sep 2016

UK.gov oughta get its data-sharing house in order before Digital Economy Bill plans

Analysis The government has a funny notion of how to tackle failure. When it comes to contracts, suppliers that have routinely messed up are handed more deals. When it comes to policy, approaches that have proved unsuccessful get dusted off and pushed with renewed vigour. The author who wrote "the definition of insanity is doing the …
Kat Hall, 19 Sep 2016
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Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

Article 50, the process for Britain’s formal withdrawal from the European Union, is looming. Upon the conclusion of Article 50, data centres resident in Britain will no longer be subject to EU data protection rules. Today, UK data centres are bound by the EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/C), which was in turn based on the …
Danny Bradbury, 16 Sep 2016

New ISO standard kind-of explains how to ignore standards

The International Organization for Standardization this week signed off ISO 38504, new “Guidance for principles-based standards in the governance of information technology.” And ironically it is almost an anti-standard. To understand why, know that the opposite of principles-based governance is rules-based governance. In the …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2016
China will see you on the dark side of the moon

China gets the e-Gov love bug

China has got the e-government bug, signalling its intention to put lots of government services online by the year 2020. China's State Council yesterday signed off on a plan to extend its Internet Plus initiative into the public sector. Premier Li Keqiang himself backed the plan, with an English—language statement quoting him …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2016
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So, Gov.UK infosec in 2015. 'Chaotic'. Cost £300m. NINE THOUSAND data breaches...

The Cabinet Office is failing to coordinate the UK's government departments' efforts to protect their information according to a damning report by the National Audit Office. The NAO found that the Cabinet Office failed in its duty and ambition to coordinate and lead government departments’ efforts in protecting such …

It actually will be Obama who decides whether to end US government oversight of the internet

The decision whether to end US government oversight of the internet will likely come down to a personal decision by President Obama on Thursday. In an extraordinary series of arguments and counter-arguments this past week, a last-minute push by Republicans looks likely to succeed in placing a funding freeze on the Department …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Sep 2016

Fight over internet handover to ICANN goes right down to the wire

The US government's plan to hand over control of critical internet functions at the end of the month is heading for an extraordinary showdown next week, as Congress debates whether to block it. The current IANA contract is due to expire on September 30, at which point the organization that has run the contract for the past 20 …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Sep 2016
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Investors resist Larry Ellison's $9.3bn NetSuite deal

Influential investors are opposing NetSuite’s $9.3bn acquisition by Oracle for selling their firm short. The cloud pioneer’s single largest unaffiliated shareholder, T Rowe Price Associates, has written to NetSuite’s board in a letter here explaining why it won’t hand over its stock for the deal. It raises a major question …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Sep 2016

Really – 80% FTTP in UK by 2026? Woah, ambitious!

The government must create an “ambitious strategy” for the majority of the UK to have access to a fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) connections in the next 10 years and near universal coverage by 2030, the representative body for small "alternative network" providers. In its "Building Gigabit Britain" report today, the Independent …
Kat Hall, 08 Sep 2016

UK will be 'cut off' from 'full intelligence picture' after Brexit – Europol strategy man

The UK will “certainly be cut off from the full intelligence picture” after Brexit, Europol's acting head of strategy for cybercrime warned The Register. This comes after UK law enforcement agencies from the National Crime Agency to Police Scotland have been meeting with Europol in an attempt to mitigate this. Phillipp Amann, …
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Beautiful, efficient, data-sucking Smart Cities: Why do you give us the creeps?

Huawei Connect “Smart Cities” have been heavily promoted by tech giants like IBM, and the idea excites the pulse of fad-chasing technocrats and wonks. Huawei has also heavily promoted the vision, and the commercial logic to do so is sound. It is clearly hoping to shift its high end network management gear into a market where the customers …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Sep 2016

NetMundial finally dies

A much-heralded effort to create a new international body for internet governance issues may finally be dead, with a plea for a group to take over the only thing it produced. The NetMundial Solutions Map cost a reported $200,000 to build and lists different internet governance efforts under specific categories. Now that the …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Aug 2016
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Nutanix: Yup, OK, we gobbled PernixData, Calm.io. What you gonna do about it?

At long last Nutanix has come clean and revealed it is buying PernixData (VMware's hypervisor memory caching software biz), and confirmed it also slurped devops software company Calm.io. No prices have been disclosed but we understand the Calm.io deal was the one referred to in a Nutanix S1 amended filing, which involved 528, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2016

NIST wants answers on infosec - your answers

Sometimes, “don't read the comments” just isn't an option – like when you're United States' National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and you're soliciting input for the US government's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity (CENC). The CENC, which was announced back in April, has asked NIST to provide …
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Your colleagues will lie to you: An enterprise architect's life

Enterprise Architects … well, among other things they design and build corporate infrastructures. It's very easy, though, for these highly technical masters of electronic wizardry to concentrate on making the technology work at the expense of the more tedious corporate governance stuff. Here are my favourite five things that …
Dave Cartwright, 10 Aug 2016
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Thailand plans to track non-citizens with their mobile phones

Thailand is considering a proposal to track the location of all SIM cards acquired by foreigners, be they tourists or resident aliens. The plan's been floated as a way to assist law enforcement agencies combat trans-national crime. Thailand borders Cambodia, Laos and Burma, three nations that have reasonably porous borders, …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Aug 2016

'ICANN's general counsel should lose his job over this'

Interview It has been four years since Shaul Jolles, as CEO of Dot Registry, filed applications for five new internet extensions – .corp, .inc, .llc, .llp and .ltd – and wrote a check for just under $1m to have them considered by domain name system overseer ICANN. Unlike the other applicants for the three US corporate entity suffixes . …
Chris Williams, 04 Aug 2016

Simply not credible: The extraordinary verdict against the body that hopes to run the internet

In an extraordinary judgment, the organization that hopes to take over running the top level of the internet later this year has been slammed by an independent review as at best incompetent and at worst deliberately mendacious. The decision [PDF] by ICANN's Independent Review Panel (IRP) over the organization's decision to …
Chris Williams, 03 Aug 2016
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Floods hit India's IT hubs, wash away some credibility

If your Indian suppliers aren't at their most responsive, or you've spent a bit of time on hold to a business process outsourcer over the weekend, look to the heavens for an explanation. Indians are certainly looking in that direction because the nation has experienced deluges in the last few days, with the result being floods …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2016