Beyond the Net Journal: Zimbabwe Chapter #1 Episode
In a country where schools are operating on shoe-string budgets and families barely afford to pay fees, being a student is not always a positive experience. Some endure difficult conditions, like inadequate teaching materials or lack of competent teachers. Access to modern ways of learning such Internet and IoT is a pipe dream.
Zimbabwe currently has an unemployment rate of 85%, but estimates reveal that by 2025 Africa will have tripled internet penetration to around 600 million people opening new opportunities. In this scenario, the...
Date published 08 June 2016
Africa, Arduino, Beyond the Net, BNet Journal, Education, Internet of Things, Internet of Things (IoT), IoT, IoT Makerspaces, Solomon Kembo, St Peter's Mbare School, Zimbabwe Chapter
In a fascinating bit of synchronicity, yesterday morning at pretty much the exact same time that I was finalizing the publication of our IoT Overview paper and publishing Karen Rose's IoT blog post, my friend (and former CEO of a company for which I worked) Jonathan Taylor was posting a photo to a social network of receiving a software update for his car over the Internet.
Yes, you read that correctly.
His car, a Tesla, was downloading a software update across his home WiFi network.
Even better, this particular software update gave his car the ability to be a self-driving car (...
Date published 16 October 2015
Disaster management is becoming more and more prominent in the region’s policy agenda—and with good reason. UNESCAP in a recent report noted that more than half of the world’s 226 natural disasters in 2014 occurred in Asia-Pacific. Active tectonic plate movements in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, areas that also generate a lot of tropical typhoons, combined with increasingly denuded forests have made the region the most disaster-prone in the world. Perhaps more alarmingly, the study found that Asia-Pacific countries are largely ill-equipped to deal with these crises.
This may soon change,...
Date published 07 October 2015
12th APT ADF, Access, Asia-Pacific, Ateneo Innovation Center, climate change, cloud computing, Cyclone Pam, delay-tolerant networks, disaster management, disaster risk reduction, ICTs, Internet of Things, Nepal earthquake, Open Internet Standards, Vanuatu, wireless networks, Other external events
The future of the Internet was very much present at the 15th Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Policy and Regulatory Forum (APT PRF) in Singapore last week. Much of the conversation was around anticipated developments in mobile, touted to be the fastest adopted technology of all time and central to increased digital take-up in the region. The trend is easily tangible in economies like Japan, where ultrahigh-speed mobile broadband subscriptions had surpassed those of fixed line two years ago.
And this is only a hint of things to come. Gartner projects that the number of connected ‘things’ will go up...
Date published 14 August 2015
15th APT Policy and Regulatory Forum (PRF), Access, Asia-Pacific, digital economy, Internet Infrastructure, Internet of Things, Net Neutrality, Open Internet Standards, Privacy, Security, Other external events
I recently visited Nairobi where I took a tour of iHub (Innovation Hub – http://ihub.co.ke) and a set of related small incubator labs. After the inspiring tour, a security professional approached me. She had not wanted to ask the question in public but asked me privately: Can people opt out of the Internet of Things?
It was immediately clear what she meant: When new technologies are introduced we often have the option to not use them. When the printing press was introduced I think that there were people who chose not to use books. The Amish choose not to use cars, and in the Internet age...
Date published 20 July 2015
Rajnesh D. Singh (ISOC) and Yoonee Jeong (TRPC) at the “Online Privacy in an Internet of Things World” Roundtable, Bangkok, Thailand (December 2014)
In the last few years, there has been a phenomenal increase in the number of connected devices globally and we now have more connected devices than people in the world. These ever-increasing number of connected devices are going to keep growing – exponentially at least for the short term as the Internet of Things (IoT) evolves into the Internet of Everything and becomes mainstream in the things we do everyday.
These devices are – for the large...
Date published 16 December 2014
Last week I had the pleasure to visit the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam. It gathers fixed and mobile access providers and vendors that sell the equipment that these providers use to bring us the Internet. Walking around the exhibition floor I got the impression that the hottest areas are home automation, as the consumer-facing pieces of the Internet of Things, and virtualization that seems to sneak closer and closer to the edge.
While home networking and the Internet of Things were being marketed everywhere, in only two or three hard-to-find places did I see any mention of IPv6. If the...
Date published 29 October 2014
On Thursday mornings, a dozen or so students from nearby colleges gather at the University of the Philippines’ Diliman Interactive Learning Center to tinker with bits of hardware for an hour or two. These hackathons are part of Bayanihan Cre@tive Labs, an initiative of Internet Society (ISOC) global member Nestor Tiglao. Nestor, who teaches electronics engineering at the same campus, received an Internet Society community grant to develop the makerspace group at the height of his research on wireless network system designs.
The term ‘Bayanihan’ refers to the traditional practice of...
Date published 01 May 2014
La internet de las Cosas— una breve reseña
Para entender mejor los problemas y desafíos de un mundo más conectado
Karen Rose, Scott Eldridge, Lyman Chapin
La Internet de las cosas es un tema emergente de importancia técnica, social y económica. En este momento se están combinando productos de consumo, bienes duraderos, automóviles y camiones, componentes industriales y de servicios públicos, sensores y otros objetos de uso cotidiano con conectividad a Internet y potentes capacidades de análisis de datos que prometen transformar el modo en que trabajamos, vivimos y...
The San Francisco Bay Area ISOC Chapter invites you to the INET Conference on the Internet of Things.
Come join Internet pioneers and Industry Experts to learn about the enormous impact the Internet of Things will have upon business, individuals, society and the Internet itself. Visit our event website for information to: Register, Agenda & Guest Speakers bios
Key Note: Vint Cerf, VP & Chief Internet Evangelist, Google Karen Rose, Senior Director of Strategy and Analysis, Global ISOC Bruce Nordman, Research Scientist, LBNL Merike...