IEEE Privacy for the People – Google Hangout On Air

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28 January 2014
12:00pm Pacific US

As the world celebrates Data Privacy Day, the IEEE is hosting a “Privacy for the People” Google Hangout On Air to explore and discuss collaboration in harnessing global creativity and expertise for privacy innovation and technology solutions and to help advance cybersecurity.

Join our renowned panelists in a live discussion to explore what the next era of privacy might look like in a world of increasingly smart devices and ever-more expansive forms of data collection and how bottom up, open collaboration can be used to harness global creativity and expertise for privacy innovation, best practices and solutions.

Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a nonprofit, public-private partnership dedicated cybersecurity education and awareness, Data Privacy Day is an effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy, manage their digital footprint and make the protection of privacy and data a priority in their lives. Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the 28 January 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is now a celebration for everyone, observed annually on January 28.



Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the top privacy experts in the world. An avowed believer in the role that technology can play in protecting privacy, Ann’s leadership has seen her office develop a number of tools and procedures to ensure privacy is protected in Ontario – and around the globe. Ann is Ontario’s first Information and Privacy Commissioner to be reappointed for a second term. Initially appointed in 1997, her role in overseeing the operations of the freedom of information and privacy laws in Canada’s most populous province was extended to 2009. Like the provincial auditor, she serves as an officer of the legislature, independent of the government of the day. Businesses across North America and Europe regularly seek Ann’s advice and guidance on privacy and data protection issues. She has been involved in a number of international committees focused on privacy, technology and business. Her groundbreaking 1995 paper on advancing privacy protection through the pursuit of privacy-enhancing technologies or PETs is now part of the industry lexicon.


Ian Glazer is a Research Vice President and the Agenda Manager on the GTP Identity and Privacy Strategies team. He leads IdPS’ coverage for authorization and privacy. Topics within these two main areas include externalized authorization management, XACML, federated authorization, privacy by design, and privacy programs. Other topics he covers include user provisioning, identity and access governance, access certification, role management, identity data quality, and national identity programs. Ian is also a member of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) Identity Ecosystem Steering Group’s Management Council. As an At-Large delegate to the Management Council, he ensures that all voices are heard among the wide range of industries, technologies, and advocates for whom identity, privacy, and NSTIC are crucial.


Eve Maler is a principal analyst serving Security and Risk Professionals. She is an expert on emerging identity and security solutions, identity federation, consumer-facing identity and web access management, distributed authorization, privacy enhancement, and API security. Prior to joining Forrester, Eve was an identity solutions architect with PayPal, developing business and technical strategies for new consumer identity services offerings. Previously, Eve managed Sun Microsystems’ technical collaborations with Microsoft on web services and federated identity interoperability, and she made major leadership, technical, and education contributions to the development of the SAML standard for federated identity.


Colin Wallis holds leadership positions across the consortium space in Information Security and Trusted Identity – particularly where policy, strategy and technology plays into cloud, big data, government transformation and in the broader macro-economic challenges facing the internet. In OASIS, he sits on the identity-related Technical Committees of Security Services (SAML), Customer Information (CIQ), Identity in the Cloud, Trust Elevation, Privacy by Design for Software Engineers & Transformational Government. In the Kantara Initiative, Colin Vice-Chairs the eGov work group and serves on the Leadership Council and Board of Trustees. In the US NSTIC IDESG he Vice Chairs the International Co-ordination Committee. In ISO JTC1 SC27, Colin is an acknowledged subject matter expert on identity and privacy in Working Group 5.

In NZ, he is a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA) NZ Chapter, on the Industry Advisory Board of University of Waikato Cyber Security Lab and acted as ‘Government observer’ on the Steering Committee for the private sector led Colin has been involved in the New Zealand Government’s online IAM Programme since 2004, for which it won awards in 2007 and 2011. As a dual NZ/UK passport holder, Colin has extensive UK experience, where he worked on the UK eGIF and private sector eBusiness initiatives. Conversant with European and North American initiatives in identity, Colin regularly connects people, projects and motivations across the identity landscape globally.


Moderated by Joni Brennan Joni has over a decade of service to the IEEE Standards Association (SA) and Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO) as a Senior Program Manager. Joni builds diplomatic and collaborative relationships within and across communities of interest. She has provided talks on Identity Federation and Privacy across the globe, including for .SE, Federal Weekly, and CA Luminaries (one of a select chosen industry speakers). She participates in international organizations and industry standards committees including: OECD ITAC, ISOC, IEEE, OASIS SSTC, ISO SC27 WG5, and ITU-T SG17 Q6. She has served as the NSTIC / IDESG Trust Framework WG Chair. She has provided testimony regarding Trusted Identity and Access Management systems for the US Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Health IT Security and Privacy (HITSP) committee as well.

She leads Kantara Initiative as the premiere Trust Framework Provider facing multiple industry sectors. As a US ICAM Trust Framework Provider Kantara Initiative will provide Accreditation and Approval verifications for Identity Providers / Credential Service Providers to be deemed qualified for access to connect to the US Federal Cloud Credential Exchange. In addition, working with multi-stakeholder representation, Joni has help to ensure that the Kantara Initiative program is aligned with OpenStand principles and referenced in multiple eGovernment strategies including: Government of Canada, New Zealand, and Sweden.

Bob Metcalfe Keynote: IEEE 802® LAN/MAN Standards Committee Ethernet 40th Anniversary Celebration

Ethernet Inventor and 3Com Founder Bob Metcalfe delivers an entertaining overview of Ethernet’s past, present and future at the IEEE 802® LAN/MAN Standards Committee’s Ethernet 40th Anniversary Celebration. While the creation of Ethernet is something to celebrate, Metcalfe emphasizes the standardization of Ethernet by highlighting three key points in his keynote address:

  • “The work that you all at IEEE 802 are doing is important,” for instance, take one factor: speed. “We’ve taken the Internet from K’s to M’s and now it’s time to take it from M’s to G’s.” Metcalfe continues, noting that terabits will be next.

  • “The future of IEEE 802 is much bigger than its past. Three big applications (and) challenges that we Ethernet people need to confront are education, healthcare and energy. Ethernet will have to carry these applications.”

  • “This Ethernet brand works and I urge you (to) stick with it as you go on to future challenges.”

In closing, Metcalfe urges the IEEE 802 committee members to “go with the Force, don’t go to the dark side.” By referencing Star Wars, he illustrates that there are certain attributes such as speed, standardization and compatibility that people have come to expect of Ethernet and suggests “be wise” and stick with the Ethernet brand.

View Bob MetCalfe’s Keynote

Consumers are the key to successful Smart Grid implementations

By Bill Ash, strategic technology program director, IEEE Standards Association

Bill AshI’d like to call my colleagues’ attention to the recent publication of a new IEEE Standard Association report, “IEEE Global Consumer Socialization of Smart Grid.”

The title alone should serve as a reminder that no matter how much work we do on developing technology and forecasting its commercialization – as we’ve done recently with our IEEE Smart Grid research Vision series on Smart Grid – the consumer is both the chief sponsor and beneficiary of most of our technology-related work. We must keep our focus on the end user as we pursue technology in order to fulfill the IEEE mission of fostering “technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.”

By now, most of you are familiar with the value propositions associated with Smart Grid. As we enable consumers to have greater control over their energy consumption through a variety of strategies, technologies and behaviors, they in turn will help utilities in managing the sustainable and reliable provision of electricity.

There’s a catch. Though consumer awareness and knowledge of Smart Grid has improved significantly over the past few years – a fact we’ve documented in the report through a survey of consumers in six influential countries – we have a long way to go. As we’re in the early stages of implementing Smart Grid-related technologies and capturing their value, we must make a parallel effort to educate and engage consumers.

Fortunately, the new report provides the means to understand the range of consumer knowledge of and sentiment towards Smart Grid. It identifies a handful of common motivations among consumers in order to segment them for effective outreach. For instance, some consumers wish to save money, others will pay a premium for environment benefits and yet others are early adopters of technology. Understanding consumer attitudes, perceptions and motivations will allow us to develop more effective messaging to grow their knowledge and eventual participation in Smart Grid.

The report also details the challenges faced by utilities, government and industry stakeholders in understanding consumer behavior and educating them on Smart Grid. It suggests action items that can be undertaken in order to create large-scale awareness and understanding among consumers. This will be a generational effort, and the report provides a basis for optimism. Eighty-seven percent of the respondents in the report’s consumer survey were 25-34 years-old. It might not surprise you that consumers in that age bracket generally are open to new ideas and technology. And they display a proclivity for spreading their awareness among their peers and to an even younger generation.

The report’s findings are firmly rooted in reality. We’ve documented lessons learned in China, India, Japan, South Korea, Germany and the United States from recent and current Smart Grid implementations. Those lessons are based on factors such as Smart Grid adoption levels in each country, the level of consumer socialization and awareness, initiatives taken to mitigate consumer concerns and the impact of consumer socialization on Smart Grid rollouts. The report homes in on the implementation of the four technologies most relevant to consumers: advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation, renewable energy and cyber security.

Perhaps most importantly, the report spells out two crucial “how-to” subjects. One discusses the “consumer socialization cycle,” a step-by-step process aimed at influencing consumers, spreading awareness among them and creating an in-depth understanding of Smart Grid concepts in terms consumers are likely to understand. The other addresses actions that stakeholders can take to reach out to consumers in an impactful and positive way and further effective adoption of Smart Grid technologies and practices. It spells out how influence, awareness and understanding can lead to action.

We’ve all heard about how consumers will benefit from Smart Grid, and it’s true. But years will pass before Smart Grid technologies are fully integrated for improved efficiencies and better reliability. It’ll be years, as well, before consumers have full access to affordable home energy management systems, smart appliances, smart homes and applications to run those technologies become available for smartphones, tablets and the like. Those technologies and apps are beginning to appear, but widespread adoption will take time.

Thus we have designed the new report as a practical guide to what works in the effort to bring consumers along on this great energy challenge. If we begin effective outreach to consumers now, they’ll be willing partners in the needed investments and desired outcomes encompassed by Smart Grid. Let’s get the word out and move the proverbial needle.

Read Press Release on Smart Grid Research Documents

IEEE-SA IoT 2013 Workshop

This morning, IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) kicked off its Internet of Things (IoT) Workshop with opening remarks from Oleg Logvinov(center), Member IEEE-SA Standards Board, Working Group Chair, IEEE 1902 Working Group and Director of Market Development, Industrial Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics, and Mary Lynne Nielsen, Technology Innovations Director at IEEE-SA. Keynote was delivered by Luca Difalco(right), VP of Marketing IPG and Strategic Sectors Development at STMicroelectronics. Followed by dynamic presentations and panels. The full event agenda can be found here
This two day event will explore the dynamics of the IOT Market and the convergence of platforms and services, with a special focus on the need for an more interdisciplinary approach to the design of products and services for the IOT Market, across verticals. You can follow the event live on Twitter by following #IEEESAIoT.
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5th European Innovation Summit (@ the European Parliament)

IEEE hosted a breakfast as part of the 5th European Innovation Summit to highlight the importance of open standardization and how it supports innovation that changes the world. IEEE presented a perfect example of this:

  • The IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard, and the IEEE 802.11 WLAN standard, often referred to as WiFi, along with the ITU Optical Transport Network and ETSI GSM, provide the communications foundation on which other Standards Development Organisations, such as the IETF, W3C and OASIS, build upon to provide the Internet. As a result of this, no matter where you are in the world, connecting a device to the Internet is simple and universal.
  • It was stated that ICT accounts for 5% of Europe’s employment, and that Europe wants to ensure that it has a climate responsive to an industry with short life-cycles. The European Multi-Stakeholder Platform for ICT Standardisation was created to move in that direction, bringing together leading organizations in ICT with governments and societal stakeholders.
  • The goals of standardization are to increase product reliability, ensure process repeatability, foster competition, promote interoperability, and boost consumer confidence.
  • Open, market-driven standards that are adopted voluntarily actually fuel innovation, create new markets, and speed up the time to product introduction.
  • It was also stated that an innovation-friendly standards system is global, voluntary, and adheres to the WTO principles. Such a system is in line with the principles outlined in the OpenStand initiative that IEEE supports.

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P802.3bk ™ is pushing the physical limits to provide higher density optical access

Market-driven standard for extended EPON developed under open process is key to helping operators cost-effectively provide higher density optical access, addressing their current and future needs

By Marek Hajduczenia, chair of the IEEE P802.3bk Extended EPON Task Force and Network Architect at Bright House Networks

The IEEE P802.3bk Extended EPON Task Force of the IEEE 802.3™ Working Group is an excellent example of how IEEE fosters a market-driven, open process to solve real-life problems challenging the evolution of networks around the world.

In broad terms, the P802.3bk Extended EPON Task Force addresses the need the operators have to build optical access networks that can support more customers, at a longer distance from the local hub. But more specifically, operators are primarily looking for cost-effective solutions to address the mobile backhaul in dense urban areas, as well as delivering services to geographically scattered customers. (Further discussion in this video)

The mobile backhaul is a very hot topic right now. With the advent of 3G and 4G networks, the problem is only further aggravated, because mobile carriers need a higher density of base towers in the given area to provide good coverage to their customers. As the evolution to faster mobile networks continues, the mobile backhaul network has to also be ready for increasing data rates and base station densities. Operators need to migrate from the current point-to-point fiber backhaul solution to more cost-effective point-to-multipoint architectures. This migration substantially improves the density of connected base stations per hub, lowering the cost of a single connection and making the resulting infrastructure much more scalable and future-proof.

The other challenge in front of operators is serving geographically scattered customers, who cannot be reached in a cost-effective manner today using point-to-point solutions. Right now an operator either has to run a really long point-to-point fiber or use just as costly microwave transport. With the new standard developed by the IEEE P802.3bk Extended EPON Task Force, it is possible to connect such customers using lower reach Ethernet Passive Optical Network solutions, maintaining the advantages of passive outside plant, while still providing gigabit speeds to end subscribers.

Open process means that anyone can participate in the development of the standard, and people who choose to participate in such efforts are very passionate about pushing the networking technology forward, making Internet access faster, better, more cost-effective, and in general – more accessible. But just as important, as a community of technical experts, we create standards to address the actual need for specific networking solutions, making them much more successful in the competitive market of today.

The first step for the P802.3bk Task Force was to gather requirements from those who are most affected by the problem at hand, i.e., individual network operators and carriers. This step took six months and allowed the Task Force to better understand the technical challenges at hand. Bringing together both operators and suppliers is a critical part of the process, guaranteeing that the end product of the standardization effort addresses the actual technical problem, and does not become a technical solution without a problem.

It is pretty amazing that over just a few years Ethernet has evolved to the point where we’re discussing the development of solutions operating at 400 Gbit/s. The evolution of optical access based on Ethernet does not stop either. Just 4 years after the completion of the P802.3av™ project which delivered EPON operating at the symmetric rates of 10 Gbit/s, we are going to start looking at the next generation of EPON systems. Such next generation EPON is likely going to support data rates in excess of 40 Gbit/s, providing the necessary scalability into the foreseeable future, but also provide backward compatibility to guarantee that operators deploying EPON today have a clear evolution path into the future, future-proofing their current investments into optical access networks.

IEEE Standards Hosts Symposium on EDA Interoperability

IEEE Standards Association held its first annual Symposium on Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Interoperability in Santa Clara, California on October 24th. The one day session featured distinguished guests and speakers from IEEE-SA, Accellera, ARM, Freescale Semiconductor, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys and TSMC NA.

Dr. Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director of IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and Hillel Miller, Emulation and SOC IP Verification Manager for Digital Networking at Freescale Semiconductor served as keynote speakers.

Dr. Karachalios’ keynote stressed the importance of increased interoperability in EDA as well as the need for open standards, encouraging participants to serve as voices advocating for OpenStand.

The Symposium also featured presentations covering Interoperability Challenges in the EDA Market by:

  • Dr. Rich Goldman, VP Corporate Marketing & Strategic Alliances, Synopsys
  • Dr. Karen Pieper, Technical Coordinating Committee Chair, Accellera Systems Initiative
  • Erich Marschner, Vice Chair of IEEE P1801 Working Group/Verification Architect, Mentor Graphics
  • Stuart Riches, Principal Engineer, ARM
  • Adnan Kahn, Senior Engineer, ARM
  • Phillip LaPlace, AMS Methodology Manager, Freescale Semiconductor
  • David Lan, Senior Manager, Design Automation & Methodology, TSMC NA

Edward Sperling, Editor-in-Chief of Semiconductor Engineering also moderated a panel “IP Interoperability in an EDA World:  Domain of Possibilities” featuring Hillel Miller of Freescale Semiconductor, Richard Weber of Semifore and Michael Ligthart of Verific Design Automation.
Dr. Rich Goldman of Synopsys awarded the Tenzing Norgay Interoperability Award to Dr. Magdy Abadir, Director of Design Automation for Freescale Semiconductor.  The 13th Annual Tenzing Norgay award was given to Freescale for advancing industry standards that enable interoperable system design flows.

“We’re excited about the momentum and dialog we have been able to build at this first annual Symposium on EDA Interoperability,” said Karen McCabe, Senior Director of Consensus and Community at IEEE-SA. “We’ve discussed many critical issues and began to lay the groundwork for future development that will help drive increased interoperability and new efficiencies in the EDA Market.”

A participative roundtable was also led by Karen McCabe, Senior Director at IEEE-SA. The interactive session focused in identifying key trends, drivers, and future needs for standardization in the EDA Market in a conversational format.

View High-Resolution photos from the event on the IEEE-SA Facebook Page.