Oct 31, 2016

Top @Docker Metrics | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #ML #Monitoring

Monitoring of Docker environments is challenging. Why? Because each container typically runs a single process, has its own environment, utilizes virtual networks, or has various methods of managing storage. Traditional monitoring solutions take metrics from each server and applications they run. These servers and applications running on them are typically very static, with very long uptimes. Docker deployments are different: a set of containers may run many applications, all sharing the resources of one or more underlying hosts. It's not uncommon for Docker servers to run thousands of short-term containers (e.g., for batch jobs) while a set of permanent services runs in parallel. Traditional monitoring tools not used to such dynamic environments are not suited for such deployments. On the other hand, some modern monitoring solutions (e.g. SPM from Sematext) were built with such dynamic systems in mind and even have out of the box reporting for docker monitoring. Moreover, container resource sharing calls for stricter enforcement of resource usage limits, an additional issue you must watch carefully. To make appropriate adjustments for resource quotas you need good visibility into any limits containers have reached or errors they have caused. We recommend using alerts according to defined limits; this way you can adjust limits or resource usage even before errors start happening.

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Serverless Security | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #LowCode #Serverless

In case you haven’t heard, the new hotness in app architectures is serverless. Mainly restricted to cloud environments (Amazon Lambda, Google Cloud Functions, Microsoft Azure Functions) the general concept is that you don’t have to worry about anything but the small snippets of code (functions) you write to do something when something happens. That’s an event-driven model, by the way, that should be very familiar to anyone who has taken advantage of a programmable proxy to do app or API routing and rewriting or executed inspection of requests or responses for malicious content.

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GoDaddy launches search engine for emoji domain names

GoDaddy, a company most known for web registration and hosting, has rolled out a search engine for domain names according to reporting by ...

Three Small Steps You Can Take to Reboot Agile in Your Organization

This past summer, 18F held an agile workshop for the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. An agency with roots going back to World War II, NTIS is facing a future that requires a strategic realignment towards open data and services. This strategic alignment will also require that NTIS operate in a more nimble, proactive fashion when working with partners in the public and private sectors.

The word “Agile” in metallic gold letters on wood planks.


In order to support NTIS’ success in their new mission, it was important to us to support the adoption of business practices that future partners would expect. Our goal was to re-introduce agile techniques into existing processes through small, rapid incremental changes. We believed that even small changes could have a big impact on transparency, accountability, and communication over the long term.

So, we worked with NTIS to host a workshop. Since many of the workshop participants had taken a course or two on agile before, we knew we weren’t introducing a new topic. We focused on learning what was working and what wasn’t, and identified simple tasks we could use to exercise our agile muscles. The workshop was the first step towards helping us understand how and where to reboot agile processes within the organization.

Step one: Identify what’s already working, and what isn’t

In order to better understand what was working and what wasn’t, we asked our workshop participants to vocalize their “hopes and fears.” It’s easy to think of all the reasons a particular idea won’t work, but once we documented them many of the “fears” were somewhat hypothetical and abstract. We acknowledged those while focusing on items that were actually causing issues in the business process. Where possible, we tried to find a solution from people in the room that could remove or modify an idea to make it more manageable. In the same way, participants shared their hopes for ideas and overall outcome.

Step two: Pick a few small, simple tasks to complete

Next, we asked participants to identify things that would make their day-to-day operations work just a bit better. We focused on ideas that were discrete and specific and encouraged participants to break longer-term goals (improving and streamlining business processes) into smaller tasks (develop an agenda template for team meetings). As participants narrowed down on an idea, we asked them to specifically identify who would benefit from the completion of the task and identify the value of it. Once someone had developed their idea, they presented it to the group. When common themes emerged (such as communications), we grouped those ideas together.

As popular ideas surfaced, we formed teams to develop user stories and acceptance criteria for common ideas. Acceptance criteria were framed as being able to answer the question “how will I know when things are done?” The acceptance criteria helped us understand when and how we would know a task was complete, and evaluate the results.

The NTIS team.

Once we identified discrete tasks, we put them on separate cards on a kanban board. A kanban board is a simple tool whereby tasks are organized, grouped, and tracked across a segment of time, or sprints. As these tasks moved forward, we could use the dedicated cards to monitor progress:

A Trello card from the NTIS team.

Step three: Monitor your progress

Over the next few weeks, we integrated the tasks identified during the workshop into our sprint process and monitored our progress. We also experimented in how we worked together, stopping things that weren’t working, and building on things that did.

The results, while imperfect, were encouraging. Tasks were being completed across the self-organized teams; not always as quickly as we had originally envisioned, but participants were seeing first-hand the value of breaking larger tasks into smaller ones, self-assigning responsibilities across teams, and enforcing a level of accountability to report on progress. In essence, a few small agile tools and techniques were helpful in removing confusion from processes and shortening how long it took to complete a task.

Through the process, we learned that incremental improvement is still improvement, and sometimes tools can be a distraction. We were reminded that teams are often different, with varying levels of comfort for tools; kanban board on a whiteboard can be just as effective as an electronic version. Uncertainty and fear of new business processes will always be there, but they can be mitigated if they make things easier, and gradually introducing agile processes can encourage broader adoption.

Comments on the team's Trello board.

What we learned

Agile doesn’t have to be a “rip and replace” process. Perhaps one of the more challenging aspects of adopting agile techniques into existing projects is the idea that doing so will increase uncertainty, add work, delay progress, and confuse participants. The truth is that uncertainty and fear are already there — agile is helping to root these issues out, recognize their nature, and mitigate against them. Small, rapid incremental fixes (like the introduction of a kanban board) may still have a big impact on process and team productivity while introducing an easier way to track them.

Do what works. If productivity on your team is increasing because you’ve found a modified set of management tools that work well for you, keep doing what you’re doing. It’s easy to get distracted with the type of tools and forget about the process. As long as you have concurrence and participation amongst your team and can address issues quickly, you can continue to foster a productive environment.

Listen to your team. A core tenet of agile is the participatory process, transparency, and accountability required in order to be able to successfully deliver in small increments. A formal process and vision from management will help remove inertia barriers, and those processes that involve employees are more likely to address their needs. “False starts” are a risk — building momentum in the right direction and sticking to it is important, so buy-in before a formal process is put in place may help to avoid conflicts requiring a lot of course correction later.

Looking for more? Check out 18F’s Agile Principles and Practices guide, and see our other posts on agile.

This post was originally published on the 18F blog.

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FBI email inquiry dominates as presidential race enters final full week

The emails were found on a computer that appears to belong to disgraced former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, one of Clinton's closest advisers

When Things Attack! | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #Security

As I started writing this blog, I happened to be watching an episode from the new season of Black Mirror on Netflix. Black Mirror is a Sci-Fi anthology series, ala the Twilight Zone, although with a much darker perspective on both humanity and technology. I found the episode, ‘Most Hated in the Nation’ somewhat apropos to my topic. The episode follows a police detective investigating the apparent murder of a columnist. This individual has been deluged with social media hate diatribes that would seem familiar to many. As the investigation continues, more mysterious deaths occur, with the victims all being targets of similar social media anger. Meanwhile, in the background, there are various news stories and visual cuts to ADIs (Autonomic Drone Insects). These tiny bee-like drones are being deployed throughout the country to replace the dying bee population, allowing for the continued pollinating of crops.

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[session] @IBMBluemix By @RagsS | @CloudExpo #IoT #Docker #Microservices

As the world moves toward more DevOps and Microservices, application deployment to the cloud ought to become a lot simpler. The Microservices architecture, which is the basis of many new age distributed systems such as OpenStack, NetFlix and so on, is at the heart of Cloud Foundry - a complete developer-oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS) that is IaaS agnostic and supports vCloud, OpenStack and AWS. Serverless computing is revolutionizing computing. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Raghavan "Rags" Srinivas, an Architect/Developer Evangelist at IBM, will discuss the Microservices architecture, 12-factor app, containers, etc., and how to architect applications for the cloud in general and Cloud Foundry in particular. We will look at serverless computing for increasing efficiencies.

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Oct 30, 2016

Canada’s trade and investment relations continue to grow with the EU

Canada's trade and investment relations continue to grow with the EU, the world's second largest single market, and Canada's second largest bilateral trading partner. Of Canada's 21 priority markets for investment attraction, 11 are in the EU.

The signing of CETA is a historic occasion. This modern and progressive agreement will reinforce the strong links between Canada and the EU, and create vast new opportunities for Canadians and Europeans alike—opening new markets for our exporters, offering more choices and better prices to consumers, and forging stronger ties between our economies.” – Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

The signing of CETA is a historic occasion. This modern and progressive agreement will reinforce the strong links between Canada and the EU, and create vast new opportunities for Canadians and Europeans alike—opening new markets for our exporters, offering more choices and better prices to consumers, and forging stronger ties between our economies."
– Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Canada and EU sign historic trade agreement during EU-Canada Summit

Canada and EU sign historic trade agreement during EU-Canada Summit

The Government of Canada believes that all Canadians deserve access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford

A Harsh #BigData Message | @BigDataExpo #Analytics #DigitalTransformation

This is a short blog with a harsh message for Big Data vendors. Camera fades in to Pastor Schmarzo heading to the pulpit… What does the future hold for today’s big data vendors? Hundreds of startups are rushing into the big data market to stake their claim to a market that IDC predicts will reach $187 billion by 2019. Dang, that’s a big market, especially considering that the Global Business Intelligence market will only reach a trifling $20.8 billion by 2018 or the long-running ERP applications market is expected to reach a trivial $84.1 billion by 2020. Yes, the big data market opportunity is very exciting indeed!

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Pound to Canadian Dollar: Outlook for This Week

Pound to Canadian Dollar: Outlook for This Week
Pound Sterling Live - 12 hours ago
The Canadian dollar has recovered after Governor Poloz's most recent comments in which he suggested the Bank of Canada had no plans to change interest rates in the next 18 months.
British Pound to Canadian Rate: Forecasts Focus on BoE Decision and Canadian GDP - Exchange Rates UK

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[session] IoT Intelligence | @ThingsExpo @BsquareCorp #BigData #IoT #M2M

Ask someone to architect an Internet of Things (IoT) solution and you are guaranteed to see a reference to the cloud. This would lead you to believe that IoT requires the cloud to exist. However, there are many IoT use cases where the cloud is not feasible or desirable. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation, will discuss the strategies that exist to extend intelligence directly to IoT devices and sensors, freeing them from the constraints of the cloud. This enables companies to realize their business objectives by creating an architecture that is distributed, fast and cost-effective.

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Announcing @ImpigerTech to Exhibit at @CloudExpo Silicon Valley | #API #Cloud #Telecom

SYS-CON Events announced today that Impiger Technologies will exhibit in Booth #109 at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Impiger Technologies is a world-class, enterprise software product engineering company specializing in Mobile Application Development, Cloud Applications, Microsoft Technology Solutions, Web Technology and Telecom Services. Impiger Technologies helps enterprises improve business efficiency, productivity, and grow revenue. Impiger Technologies offers a comprehensive set of, cost-effective services from prototype to production and everything in-between.

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FBI Investigating New Emails for Classified Information

FBI Investigating New Emails for Classified Information

[webinar] @ImpigerTech's Software Delivery Roadmap | #API #IoT #DataCenter

Join Impiger for their featured webinar: ‘Cloud Computing: A Roadmap to Modern Software Delivery’ on November 10, 2016, at 12:00 pm CST. Very few companies have not experienced some impact to their IT delivery due to the evolution of cloud computing. This webinar is not about deciding whether you should entertain moving some or all of your IT to the cloud, but rather, a detailed look under the hood to help IT professionals understand how cloud adoption has evolved and what trends will impact their plan.

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[session] @SolidFire: DevOps the Lean Cloud | @CloudExpo | #APM #DevOps

All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of SolidFire, will discuss how to leverage this concept to seize on the creativity and business agility to make it real.

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New Assisted Living Facility for Seniors Opens in Dominion City

Twilight Pumpkin Float in High Park

A sea of pumpkins will greet the late-afternoon and early-evening crowd at High Park on Sunday.

It’s Halloween

Monday is the frightful night

Yahoo faces another anti-male discrimination claims.

Oct 29, 2016

Housing Market Outlook (HMO)

The HMO is a forecasting tool which provides a range of possible outcomes to better help Canadians in their decision-making process.

Most Canadian Housing Markets Overvalued, Price Growth to Slow Through 2018: CMHC Reports

Most Canadian Housing Markets Overvalued, Price Growth to Slow Through 2018: CMHC Reports

The email issue flared up unexpectedly just over a week from Election Day,

threatening Clinton's lead over Republican Donald Trump.

Launching @QosmosL7Viewer at @CloudExpo | #SDN #NFV #IoT #Virtualization

Qosmos, the market leader for IP traffic classification and network intelligence technology, has announced that it will launch the Launch L7 Viewer at CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley, being held November 1 – 3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The L7 Viewer is a traffic analysis tool that provides complete visibility of all network traffic that crosses a virtualized infrastructure, up to Layer 7. It facilitates and accelerates common IT tasks such as VM migration, application upgrades, cloud migration and root-cause identification for network and application issues.

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GoDaddy Built a Search Engine For Available Emoji Web Domains

On Friday, the company, best known as a Web domain registration and hosting service, released a search engine to help customers find and register ...

The list of Amazon’s investments is long

Warehouses, leased airplanes, original movies and TV shows, its Echo voice-enabled speakers, the Amazon Web Services cloud computing business. It even is spending more on marketing.

Believe in yourself and your principles

[session] @ReadyTalk #RTC Platform | @CloudExpo #IoT #UCaaS #WebRTC

Everyone knows that truly innovative companies learn as they go along, pushing boundaries in response to market changes and demands. What's more of a mystery is how to balance innovation on a fresh platform built from scratch with the legacy tech stack, product suite and customers that continue to serve as the business' foundation. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, will discuss why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and more than a decade of web conferencing product development to start a project that reflects shifts in customer needs, cloud, dev tools, web standards, enterprise mobility and video. We'll cover upsides, downsides and learnings in terms of investment, resource allocation, talent retention and technical considerations.

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Climate change is hastening the death and extinction of lots of species here on Earth

Halloween gives us a time to embrace death culture

CIFS stands for “Common Internet File System.”

CIFS stands for "Common Internet File System." CIFS is a dialect of SMB. That is, CIFS is a particular implementation of the Server Message Block protocol, created by Microsoft.

There are only two hard things in IT

getting people to stop bothering you
and naming things.

No one can find your products on their own

.You must work with influencers, bloggers, editors, reviewers, etc. to get a steady stream of referral traffic to your site.

Outsource as much as possible to experts.

Not to make things more difficult than they need to be!

It pays to work with bloggers and leveraged their readership and social channels

Work with bloggers and leveraged their readership and social channels to get your products to an engaged audience.

Apple is struggling to keep up with demand for its large-screen, higher-margin iPhone 7 Plus

FBI Director James Comey’s revelation on Friday that the bureau was reviewing new evidence related to a previously completed investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email practices roiled the presidential race

The tech billionaire Peter Thiel is known for bucking convention

But his backing of Mr. Trump's presidential bid has outraged much of Silicon Valley.

A new report recommends parents share a room with infants for the first six months

A new report recommends parents share a room with infants for the first six months

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty, according to toxicology reports released Saturday.

Top Microservices Resources | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

If you are within a stones throw of the DevOps marketplace you have undoubtably noticed the growing trend in Microservices. Whether you have been staying up to date with the latest articles and blogs or you just read the definition for the first time, these 5 Microservices Resources You Need In Your Life will guide you through the ins and outs of Microservices in today’s world.

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Between two and five years, kids should be limited to just an hour of screen use per day

[session] Cloud Job Skills | @CloudExpo @Dicedotcom #BigData #IoT #DevOps

In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, will discuss how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at Dice, he takes a metrics-driven approach to management. His experience in building and managing high performance teams was built throughout his experience at Oracle, Sun Microsystems and SocialEkwity.

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[session] Identity Management in #IoT | @ThingsExpo #BigData #M2M #API

What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the lifecycle of people, systems and devices, transportation and fleet services are at risk of having connected, yet disparate systems.

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[session] Staying Secure and Organized in the Cloud | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security #Compliance

As companies adopt the cloud-to-streamline workflow, deployment hasn’t been very seamless because of IT concerns surrounding security risks. The cloud offers many benefits, but protecting and securing information can be tricky across multiple cloud providers and remains IT’s overall responsibility. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Simon Bain, CEO of SearchYourCloud, will address security compliance issues associated with cloud applications and how document-level encryption is critical for supplementing existing enterprise security solutions. He will draw from case studies, outline best practices for businesses and demo how data can be transported and stored to and from the cloud already encrypted and securely accessed no matter where it’s stored.

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CloudBerry to Sponsor @CloudExpo | @CloudBerryLab #IoT #DevOps #BigData

“Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CloudBerry Backup is a leading cross-platform cloud backup and disaster recovery solution integrated with major public cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

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[session] #FogComputing & #DigitalTransformation | @CloudExpo #IoT #BigData

The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and share the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the development process, accelerate application delivery times, and ensure that developers will become heroes (not bottlenecks) in the IoT revolution.

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Oct 28, 2016

M2M IoT Communications | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #RTC #UCaaS #WebRTC

Fifty billion connected devices and still no winning protocols standards. HTTP, WebSockets, MQTT, and CoAP seem to be leading in the IoT protocol race at the moment but many more protocols are getting introduced on a regular basis. Each protocol has its pros and cons depending on the nature of the communications. Does there really need to be only one protocol to rule them all? Of course not. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, walk you through how Octoblu solved this problem by building an open source, cross-protocol IoT M2M instant messaging platform utilized by thousands of users and companies to allow disparate devices to communicate seamlessly with each other and other platforms.

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Wearable Medical Devices | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #WearableTech

The global wireless health market by products encompasses ECG monitors, insulin monitors, neuromonitors such as EEG and EMG devices. Recent estimations show that an astounding 1.8 million people across the world will be using wireless remote monitoring devices by 2017. Many of these users will be those suffering from chronic diseases. To put that into perspective, consider this: about 75% of all healthcare expenditure worldwide is spent on patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and Alzheimers, and cardiovascular problems. Grappling with these issues, the healthcare industry has attempted to increase the integration of technology into medical services, and the wireless health market is expected to benefit from this. Transparency Market Research’s report, titled ‘Wireless Health Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015–2023,’ says that wearable medical devices will show the fastest growth within this market.

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Stock markets fall, oil price drops amid Clinton email news from FBI

Stock markets fall, oil price drops amid Clinton email news from FBI
660 News - 11 hours ago
The Canadian dollar inched up 0.02 of a U.S. cent to 74.72 cents US. The December crude oil contract plummeted $1.02 to US$48.70 per barrel.

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Stock markets fall, oil price drops amid Clinton email news from FBI

And Now A PREDATOR To Fight DNS Domain Abuse

... between Q1 and Q3 last year, with the US hosting the most number of such sites. Others have worked to fight domain name abuse in different ways. ... By detecting such patterns and blocking automatic domain registration until ...

[session] @SuJamthe on #MachineLearning | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #ML

Intelligent machines are here. Robots, self-driving cars, drones, bots and many IoT devices are becoming smarter with Machine Learning. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Sudha Jamthe, CEO of IoTDisruptions.com, will discuss the next wave of business disruption at the junction of IoT and AI, impacting many industries and set to change our lives, work and world as we know it.

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[session] #FedRAMP Accelerated | @CloudExpo @CoalfireSys #Cybersecurity

In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Nick Son, Vice President of Cyber Risk & Public Sector at Coalfire, will discuss the latest information on the FedRAMP Program. Topics will cover: FedRAMP Readiness Assessment Report (RAR). This new process is designed to streamline and accelerate the FedRAMP process from the traditional timeline by initially focusing on technical capability instead of documentation preparedness. FedRAMP for High-impact level systems. Early in 2016 FedRAMP officially published requirements for CSPs that want to pursue FedRAMP High authorization. Department of Defense Security Requirements Guide (DOD SRG) Impact Level 6. CSPs can leverage their work in pursuing a FedRAMP-Moderate authorization, and with a little more effort attain certification for DoD authorization.

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[session] Uberizing Smart Cities | @ThingsExpo #IoT #IIoT #M2M #API #BigData

Smart Cities are here to stay, but for their promise to be delivered, the data they produce must not be put in new siloes. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mathias Herberts, Co-founder and CTO of Cityzen Data, will deep dive into best practices that will ensure a successful smart city journey.

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Agile Governance | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps #APM #Microservices

In many organizations governance is still practiced by phase or stage gate peer review, and Agile projects are forced to accommodate, which leads to WaterScrumFall or worse. But governance criteria and policies are often very weak anyway, out of date or non-existent. Consequently governance is frequently a matter of opinion and experience, highly dependent upon the experience of individual reviewers. As we all know, a basic principle of Agile methods is delegation of responsibility, and ideally we need to delegate governance to the Agile practitioners and teams. So the question is how to implement self-governance and ensure quality and consistency of governance?

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[session] Be Smarter Than the Hacker | @CloudExpo #SSL #IoT #Cybersecurity

In the 21st century, security on the Internet has become one of the most important issues. We hear more and more about cyber-attacks on the websites of large corporations, banks and even small businesses. When online we’re concerned not only for our own safety but also our privacy. We have to know that hackers usually start their preparation by investigating the private information of admins – the habits, interests, visited websites and so on. On the other hand, our own security is in danger because privacy online must go hand-in-hand with safety. With so many different SSL certificates and vendors available we are concerned about the level of security and reliability.

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2016 Toyota Highlander recalled due to potential braking issues

Transport Canada has issued a recall notice of 2016 Toyota Highlander SUV's due to a brake fluid level sensor issue

Dotng domain name will promote local content — NIRA

“The DNS is integral to the internet, providing a way to match names (of websites) to numbers (IP Address of the websites), whilst web hosting ...

Laying the Foundation for a More Secure, Modern Government

Summary: Building on efforts to boost Federal cybersecurity & as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, today we’re releasing a proposed guidance to modernize Federal IT.

America’s spirit of ingenuity and entrepreneurship created the world’s most innovative economy and keeps us dominant in today’s digital age. Indeed, in 1985 about 2,000 people used the Internet; today, 3.2 billion people do. What started out as a useful tool for a few is now a necessity for all of us—as essential for connecting people, goods, and services as the airplane or automobile.

A security dashboard with social media icons indicating that hacking has been detected in a password protected area, and showing a scan of an authorized fingerprint in another panel.


Without doubt, modern technology has created great opportunities for innovation and advancement.  But, in a world that is increasingly connected by technology, with greater opportunity comes greater risk. That’s true for major companies, and it’s certainly true for the Federal government. Many Federal departments and agencies rely on aging computer systems and networks running on outdated hardware and infrastructure that are expensive to operate and difficult to defend against modern cyber threats. Of the $82 billion in Federal IT spending planned for 2017, approximately 78 percent ($63 billion) is dedicated to maintaining legacy IT investments. As more and more data is stored online, the need to protect against the adverse consequences of malicious cyber activity becomes more pressing each year.

The Federal Government has a unique obligation to protect the information entrusted to it by the American people.  That’s why the President has leveraged cutting-edge technologies to modernize Government and strengthen Federal cybersecurity. We’re deploying tools like the Department of Homeland Security’s EINSTEIN to detect and block cyber threats before they can impact Federal agencies. We’ve dramatically accelerated the use of multi-factor authentication to reduce the risk of adversaries penetrating networks and systems. And as part of his Cybersecurity National Action Plan and supported by the FY 2017 Budget, earlier this year the President proposed a $3.1 billion IT Modernization Fund (ITMF) to kick-start an overhaul of the Federal Government’s antiquated IT systems and transition to new, more secure, efficient, modern IT systems.

Today, we are continuing towards that effort by releasing proposed guidance for public comment that establishes a series of actions for Federal agencies to identify and prioritize IT systems in need of upgrades.

Over the years, agency efforts to modernize existing IT systems have faced substantial challenges. The high costs, lack of funding, and risks associated with modernization efforts, combined with the increasing cost to maintain existing systems, harm agencies’ ability to manage their IT systems strategically and deliver the functionality needed to achieve their missions. Furthermore, operational risks arise when these systems cannot adapt to current or expected mission requirements, user needs, operating environments, or are no longer cost justifiable. Modernization would improve the ability of these systems to deliver the necessary levels of functionality, security, and efficiency to satisfy and secure the needs of agency users, stakeholders, and the American public.

Today’s proposed guidance starts down this path by asking agencies to develop and implement targeted modernization plans for specific high-risk, high-priority systems, along four phases:

  • Development of updated Enterprise Roadmaps. Every year, agencies are required to submit to OMB strategic plans (or “Enterprise Roadmaps”) on the current and future state of their business and technology portfolios. As part of this year’s submission, agencies were asked to apply a particular focus that targets opportunities (including through shared services or cloud services) to modernize investments within their IT portfolios and reduce legacy IT spending.
  • Identification and prioritization of systems. Agencies will be required to identify and prioritize their information systems for modernization using criteria established by OMB (with the assistance of the General Services Administration).  Using the established criteria will provide uniformity across the Government; the criteria are based on security risks, operational risks, business suitability, modernization impact, and ability to execute.
  • Development of modernization profiles for high-priority systems. Based on the evaluation discussed in the previous phase, agencies will be required to submit to OMB modernization profiles of systems that have been prioritized for modernization, retirement, or replacement.
  • Execution. Modernization profiles will inform agencies’ regular budget planning processes.  In addition, contingent upon congressional approval, funding provided could be used to supplement and accelerate modernization efforts proposed in agency budget submissions.

Moving the Federal Government to modern infrastructure, such as cloud-based solutions, is a fundamental necessity to building a digital government that is responsive to citizen needs and secure by design. Doing so will enhance agencies’ ability to protect sensitive data, reduce costs, and deliver world-class services to the public. No one change is the silver bullet, however. Rather, this is a sustained effort that will ensure the Federal government can best serve the American people in the 21st century.

The public will have 30-days to submit input and help us create the foundation for a more modern government. So join us and provide your thoughts on the proposed guidance HERE.


Tony Scott is the U.S. Chief Information Officer.

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This post was originally published on the OMB blog.

by Toni Bonitto via DigitalGov

Federally Funded Research Results Are Becoming More Open and Accessible

Summary: Significant strides in improving public access to scholarly publications and digital data help usher in an era of open science.

This week marks the 8th annual Open Access Week, when individuals and organizations around the world celebrate the value of opening up online access to the results of scholarly research. It is an opportune time to highlight the considerable progress that Federal departments and agencies have made increasing public access to the results of Federally-supported scientific research and advancing the broader notion of open science.

Vector line web concept for science.


This week, OSTP is announcing the public access plans of three more Federal departments and agencies—Department of Education (ED), Agency for International Development, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). These plans respond to the OSTP Memorandum on Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research and establishes objectives for departments and agencies to meet in improving access to peer-reviewed scholarly publications and digital data resulting from Federally-funded research. The completed plan from ED is now available online, and plans of the other two agencies should be published soon.

These three plans bring the number of U.S. Federal departments and agencies with OSTP-approved public access plans to 19. Together, agencies with approved public access plans account for more than 98 percent of U.S. Federal expenditures on R&D.

Agencies are moving quickly to implement their plans. Sixteen agencies now require researchers to ensure free public access to peer-reviewed publications resulting from all newly-funded research, with a delay of not more than 12 months after the publication date. All agencies have designated repositories and systems for opening up access to a large number of publications resulting from Federally-funded research:

  • PubMed Central, the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) repository of life-sciences literature, now contains more than 4 million full-text articles and is used by more than 1.25 million people per day. NIH now provides access to a collection of 430,000 author manuscripts published since 2008, optimized for text-mining and freely available by file transfer protocol.
  • The National Science Foundation’s Public Access Repository, NSF-PAR, launched earlier this year, now provides access to almost 11,000 full-text research articles; it leverages technology from the Department of Energy’s Public Access Gateway for Energy & Science, which now provides access to more than 24,000 full-text research articles.
  • The Defense Technical Information Center launched a dedicated public-access system earlier this year that contains more than 2,000 articles resulting from research funded by the Department of Defense. It has also simplified access to more than 30,000 full-text journal articles housed in its extensive technical reports collection.
  • The Department of Agriculture has made 95,000 full-text journal articles available through its PubAg and TreeSearch systems.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has signed an interagency agreement with the National Library of Medicine to use PubMed Central as the designated repository for peer-reviewed scholarly publications.
  • CENDI, a group of Federal agencies that manage scientific and technical information, created a central source of authoritative information about agency public access plans and implementation and intends to enhance its existing Science.gov system to facilitate search across the various Federal agency public-access systems.

Agencies are also making considerable progress to improve the management of and access to data resulting from Federally-funded research. Thirteen agencies now require that all new research projects have data management plans describing the data to be collected during the project and plans for its long-term preservation and access. Other agencies are beginning to implement such requirements, and all are developing tools to improve data management, discovery, and preservation.

  • The Department of Transportation has released more than 800 transportation-related datasets, ranging from intelligent transportation systems to on-time performance statistics for airlines and connected them to research project descriptions and full-text reports in the USDOT Research Hub‎  to provide seamless public access.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs received 1,677 data management plans as part of new funding applications since its new requirements went into place in January 2016. The Department of Education received 63 data management plans for projects awarded in Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey released the first version of its Data Release Workbench, a web-based application to provide funded scientists with access to data management and discovery tools and assistance in navigating through the stages of a data release.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s dataset identifier project has issued more than 587 digital object identifiers for datasets archived at the National Centers for Environmental Information, enabling the unambiguous citation of data used to support research results.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched a new NASA-Funded Research Results portal in August to provide one-stop shopping for research articles and data resulting from NASA-funded research.

To help guide future efforts to improve access to the results of Federally-funded research, the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science has just established a new Interagency Working Group on Open Science (IWGOS). The IWGOS will build upon progress to date and facilitate interagency coordination and cooperation on topics of common interest. It will also identify additional steps agencies can take to improve the preservation, discoverability, accessibility, and usability of the full range of outputs of, and data supporting, Federally-funded scientific research. In addition, the new interagency working group will identify opportunities for international communication and collaboration to advance open science.

Open science has become a priority for many other countries and has featured prominently in recent high-level statements and communiques from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), G20, and G7.

At their meeting in Tsukuba, Japan last May, G7 Science and Technology Ministers agreed to establish an international working group on open science to identify good practices for improving access to scholarly publications and digital data that result from government-funded research and explore incentive structures that can reward scientists who practice open science. The first meeting of that G7 Open Science Working Group is scheduled to take place next month in Japan. Additionally, open science will be a core priority for the OECD’s Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy over the next two years.

Together, these efforts to open up the results of Federally-funded research promise to increase the return of Federal investments in scientific research, bolster the reliability of that research, accelerate scientific discovery, stimulate innovation, promote entrepreneurship, and enhance economic growth and job creation.  These are certainly accomplishments worth celebrating during Open Access Week—and ones that will have lasting effects long beyond.


Jerry Sheehan is Assistant Director for Scientific Data & Information at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

This post was originally published on the OSTP blog.

by Toni Bonitto via DigitalGov

North American stock markets and Canadian dollar make modest gains

North American stock markets and Canadian dollar make modest gains
CTV News - 7 minutes ago
TORONTO -- North American stock markets and the Canadian dollar were showing modest gains in early trading. The S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.12 points at 14,850.87 after nearly two hours of trading.

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North American stock markets and Canadian dollar make modest gains

Social Media Data Deep Dive: Turning Findings into Action

GobiernoUSA, just like USA.gov, is part of a unique effort with a large mission—to guide people to the government information and services they seek. We cover a lot of topics in Spanish via our website, social media platforms, email sends, and contact center. One of the communication channels we focus a lot of attention on is social media, and we routinely measure how our efforts are going.

Screen capture of the GobiernoUSA Facebook page.

We focused first on our assumed engagement power hitter – Facebook, to learn more from its Insights analytics data. By last May, we had reached 26,138 likers and we have steadily grown since February of this year. We’ve done this by:

  • Implementing a systematic approach to the publishing of messages
  • Scheduling during the time of the day where our audience is mostly online
  • Increasing the amount of published posts per day
  • Crafting messaging based on “call to actions” and a more engaging tone

We publish content on various topics, and also wanted to identify which topics resonated most with our audience. Though we believed that we had a good mix of topics, the data told us a different and surprising story. We knew that Facebook’s erratic algorithm could possibly be responsible for some of the reach our posts were getting, but we knew that this couldn’t be the only argument for lower engagement on some posts.

By doing these four things consistently, we were able to almost double the number of our post engagements, and increased significantly the volume of impressions. We knew that investing in Facebook would have big returns, and the data delivered on that effort.

Checking Our Assumptions with Data – Facebook

We created a workflow interface so we could easily sort our social media content calendar with Facebook Insights. We soon discovered that we were sending a great number of messages related to health and consumer money topics, but less on immigration, labor training, education for adults, ESL resources (English as a Second Language), and employment, topics that showed high engagement results.

Checking Our Assumptions with Data – Twitter

Analyzing our Twitter data proved to be a much bigger challenge. We learned that our followers are fickle, while one day some topics resonate well, other days, not so much. We used our same workflow spreadsheet to sort through our tweets, and quickly learned that our money and education topics had the greatest number of impressions, while immigration and voting topics had the most retweets.

The good news with Twitter is that you can send a few more messages in a day without overwhelming your followers, so while we plan to focus more on the topics that resonate most with our audience, we will continue to publish a big mix of topics. Partnering with other agencies and retweeting their content will help us continue to provide a variety of content while offering relevant information for our followers.

Topics We Will Focus More Heavily On

For Facebook, job training, career opportunities, immigration services, and learning English will be the topics we’ll most heavily focus on. We also will continue to reach out to our agency partners letting them know that these topics resonate well with our audience. This is how many successful Q&A’s and Twitter chats have taken place over the years.

For Twitter, we will continue to partner with other agencies on Twitter chats that resonate best for our audience, and while we’ve partnered many times on topics related to health, we’re looking to further engage our audience by doing more active listening on the topics that resonate with them most.

Victoria Wales is the bilingual email marketing product lead at USAGov.

This post was originally published on the USAgov blog.

by Toni Bonitto via DigitalGov

USD/CAD – Struggling Canadian Dollar at 1.34 as US Advance GDP Sparkles

USD/CAD – Struggling Canadian Dollar at 1.34 as US Advance GDP Sparkles
MarketPulse (blog) - 25 minutes ago
The Canadian dollar continues to struggle, as USD/CAD has pushed above the 1.34 line on Friday. The currency is trading at its lowest level since early March and has declined 2.1 percent in the month of October.
Forex - Canadian dollar dips on pressure from lower oil price - Investing.com

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USD/CAD – Struggling Canadian Dollar at 1.34 as US Advance GDP Sparkles

[session] #BigData in the Cloud | @CloudExpo @SoftNets #IoT #Virtualization

Enterprises have been using both Big Data and virtualization for years. Until recently, however, most enterprises have not combined the two. Big Data's demands for higher levels of performance, the ability to control quality-of-service (QoS), and the ability to adhere to SLAs have kept it on bare metal, apart from the modern data center cloud. With recent technology innovations, we've seen the advantages of bare metal erode to such a degree that the enhanced flexibility and reduced costs that clouds offer tip the balance in favor of virtualization for Big Data deployments. And for organizations concerned about performance, virtualized environments can address that issue or in some cases even perform better than bare metal.

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[session] #DevOps in the #API Economy | @DevOpsSummit @CAinc #IoT #ML #CD

Today every business relies on software to drive the innovation necessary for a competitive edge in the Application Economy. This is why collaboration between development and operations, or DevOps, has become IT’s number one priority. Whether you are in Dev or Ops, understanding how to implement a DevOps strategy can deliver faster development cycles, improved software quality, reduced deployment times and overall better experiences for your customers.

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Oct 27, 2016

9 Reasons Your Infographics Might Be Too Big

Infographics are a useful tool for communicators to share complex data and information in a quick, easy-to-read format. Infographics can be beautifully designed works of art, pulling in a reader through storytelling and visual entertainment. And like art, infographics can be large, epic works, or small treasures.

Set of 3D infographic elements.


While a massive infographic immediately arrests due to its overwhelming data content and creative approach, sometimes it can still fall flat by just being plain overwhelming. Some infographics communicate several data points when there’s really just one key point to be made, obscuring the real message. Remember the popular web design principle—offering your audience information sized to be a bite, snack, or meal—can also apply to infographics. Here’s how to know if a smaller infographic would better satisfy your audience’s appetite.

  1. Big infographics don’t display well on Twitter or Facebook, but that is where they are usually shared.

Sure, you can house an infographic on your website, and there’s always Pinterest, but your best connection with your audience is likely on Facebook or Twitter. Those platforms only allow a sliver of a large infographic to be displayed, and any user is going to have to really want to dig into a big data display to click through.

Smaller infographics optimized to fit into social media image proportions in a legible form are much more likely to draw a reader in, and more importantly, convey the topline message without depending on the user to click through to expand a graphic. If you have multiple messages you want to communicate, develop a suite of smaller, bite-size infographics that work together. Five different graphics give you a workweek of beautifully illustrated social media content. Plus, they’re great to deploy during Twitter and Facebook chats.

  1. Infographics with too many pieces of information are difficult for readers to absorb.

Presenting information visually allows for information to be processed more quickly. When you try to communicate more than three key pieces of data through an infographic, you run the risk that your audience will fail to absorb any of the information. In a time when people’s attentions span are increasingly short, your infographic should be tight, focused, and highlight only key information. By choosing up to three key pieces of information, you increase the chances your message will be remembered.

  1. Lengthy infographics are very difficult for users to print.

Have you ever spent months planning, designing, and clearing an infographic, only to find that there’s no way to share hard copies with attendees at a big event? Massive infographics are difficult to print, as they are usually much longer than legal or 11×17 standard paper sizes. Print jobs have to be customized, and run through a print shop. While this is not a completely prohibitive cost, it can be difficult for offices with smaller budgets or partner organizations in communities to be able to replicate. Smaller infographics can be planned to print well on standard paper sizes, and can be produced by most in-house printer-copiers in minutes. And forget about making a big infographic into a GIF or video graphic, but smaller executions will work well in animated formats.

  1. 250-x-444-cdc-infographic-from-pinterestViewing large infographics on mobile devices = the worst.

Have you ever tried to look at a large infographic on your phone? It’s nearly impossible and involves a lot of expanding and zooming. No one has the patience for that. If you design your infographic to be device agnostic and viewable on a variety of devices, you will better serve your audience.

This is also another reason to make sure the infographic you share on social media isn’t huge. You can bet most of the people viewing your infographic on social media are attempting to view it on their mobile devices. By sharing smaller, snackable infographics, you remove any device-specific barriers to sharing your message with your audience.

  1. Long infographics on Pinterest are still a PITA. Yes, you can see the whole thing, but it’s hard to read the (often) small print.

Some readers might argue, “But Pinterest is the perfect platform for sharing large infographics!” It’s true, Pinterest’s spare, gallery presentation does lend itself to showcasing graphics in their entirety, and can be a great place to really show off the mad graphic design skillz that your team dropped. But while people are admiring your sweet font choice and color palette, no one can read your text or decipher any of the data and information without clicking all the way through. Two clicks = huge audience drop-off. A smaller infographic, or multiple smaller designs, can still convey beauty and artistry while also carrying your message through.

  1. The key takeaway (or the call to action) is buried and hard for the reader to find and execute.

Trying to get users to sign up for a service, download resources, change behavior, or apply for a program? You need a strong call to action in your infographic. Typically, infographics make a data-driven argument and end with a call to action or persuasive conclusion. The longer the infographic, the harder that key point can be to find, and you risk audience drop-off if it takes them too long to get there. Identify the key takeaway and make it prominent and clear in your infographic. Shorter infographics that get right to the point keep things focused on the desired impact and outcome.

Infographic: Antiretroviral therapy for HIV infection has changed dramatically in the past two decades.

NIAID, flickr, CC BY 2.0

  1. Unwieldy infographics are difficult to repurpose.

Create once, publish everywhere. Developing and approving an infographic for use can be a long process. You want to make that infographic work for you as much as possible. But if it’s a long piece that can’t be broken down into smaller pieces, you limit your ability to repurpose the infographic for other purposes, such as in PowerPoint presentations, social media, email and print distribution, marketing materials, and more.

  1. Smaller graphics offer better ROI.

Nothing is more disappointing than sinking huge investments in time and resources into a design project that doesn’t ultimately result in meeting your goals. Before you embark on an infographic project that becomes all-consuming in terms of budget or staff time, weigh hefty development costs against the likely use of the graphic. If it’s your first attempt at an infographic, starting small can be a great way to benchmark the return, with a small initial outlay of effort. You can always ramp up from there if needed.

  1. It’s easier to respond quickly and be in the moment with a bite- or snack-sized graphic.

At any large organization, accuracy of data is of paramount importance — for good reason. However, this can often translate into several rounds of approval and revision before an infographic is ready for public consumption. If you’re wedded to creating long infographics, get comfortable, because you’re gonna be here a while. Shorter infographics including fewer data points can usually be approved in a more timely fashion. This means that infographics can be created to respond to breaking news, emerging trends, or other quick-turnaround needs. You can even think outside the data box, creating infographics that contain a quotation or other simple text statements that make an impact.

A NIDA News cocaine fact infographic used on Twitter.


Sara Smith (@CrocollSmith) is the Social Media Strategist for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Anne Rancourt (@annerancourt) is a Communications Section Chief at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

(All references to specific brands and/or companies are used only for illustrative purposes and do not imply endorsement by the U.S. federal government or any federal government agency.)

by Toni Bonitto via DigitalGov

TSX climbs 58.5 points; Canadian dollar slips

TSX climbs 58.5 points; Canadian dollar slips
Times Colonist - 53 seconds ago
In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 10.48 points at 18,209.81. But the broader S&P 500 was down 2.12 points at 2,137.31 and the Nasdaq composite fell 11.15 points to 5,239.12.

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TSX climbs 58.5 points; Canadian dollar slips

A youth program volunteer at Bethany Community Church in St. Catharines has been convicted on six sex-related charges involving boys under the age of 14.

A youth program volunteer at Bethany Community Church in St. Catharines has been sentenced to two years less a day, after being convicted on six sex-related charges involving boys under the age of 14.

USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Unchanged, Markets Eye US Durables and Jobless Claims

USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Unchanged, Markets Eye US Durables and Jobless Claims
MarketPulse (blog) - 1 hour ago
The Canadian dollar continues to struggle, as USD/CAD climbed to 1.3395 earlier on Thursday. The currency is trading close to its lowest levels since March and has lost 1.9 percent in the month of October.

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USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Unchanged, Markets Eye US Durables and Jobless Claims

IoT Manufacturing Security | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #DigitalTransformation

The security needs of IoT environments require a strong, proven approach to maintain security, trust and privacy in their ecosystem. Assurance and protection of device identity, secure data encryption and authentication are the key security challenges organizations are trying to address when integrating IoT devices. This holds true for IoT applications in a wide range of industries, for example, healthcare, consumer devices, and manufacturing. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lancen LaChance, vice president of product management, IoT solutions at GlobalSign, taught IoT developers how to introduce strong security elements into the manufacturing process, addressing the critical IoT security concerns but also accelerating time-to-market and reducing manufacturing costs.

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Oct 26, 2016

Ops, APIs and Compression | @DevOpsSummit #API #APM #DevOps

I’ve been reading up on APIs cause, coolness. And in particular I really enjoyed reading Best Practices for Designing a Pragmatic RESTful API because it had a lot of really good information and advice. And then I got to the part about compressing your APIs. Before we go too far let me first say I’m not saying you shouldn’t compress your API or app responses. You probably should. What I am saying is that where you compress data and when are important considerations.

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Canadian Dollar Weakness to Persist as BoC Adopts Dovish Outlook

Canadian Dollar Weakness to Persist as BoC Adopts Dovish Outlook
DailyFX - 8 hours ago
With crude oil prices struggling to get back above $50, a further decline in energy prices may dampen the appeal of the Canadian dollar and push the Bank of Canada (BoC) to endorse an even more dovish outlook for monetary policy as Governor Stephen ...

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Canadian Dollar Weakness to Persist as BoC Adopts Dovish Outlook

USD/CAD Canadian Dollar Lower After OPEC Deal in Doubt

USD/CAD Canadian Dollar Lower After OPEC Deal in Doubt
MarketPulse (blog) - 10 minutes ago
The Canadian dollar depreciated on Wednesday despite a lower than expected U.S. crude inventories number. Oil stocks in the U.S.
CAD Sentiment Lifted by Rising Oil Prices, US Dollar Canadian Dollar Exchange ... - Exchange Rates UK
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USD/CAD Canadian Dollar Lower After OPEC Deal in Doubt

WebRTC and #IoT with @MatrixDotOrg | @ThingExpo #RTC #UCaaS #WebRTC

"Matrix is an ambitious open standard and implementation that's set up to break down the fragmentation problems that exist in IP messaging and VoIP communication," explained John Woolf, Technical Evangelist at Matrix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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[panel] #BigData and #DevOps | @CloudExpo #MachineLearning #Blockchain

DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 19th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists will explore this emerging use of Big Data generated by the digital business to complete the DevOps feedback loop, and inform operational and application decisions.

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The Data Briefing: Help Predict the Future of Federal Government Data

In December, I plan to write two postings detailing a scenario analysis for the next ten years of the Federal government’s data technologies. Governments are on the cusp of amazing technological advances propelled by artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies, and the Internet of Things. Also, governments will face new challenges such as the recent global cyber attack that took down Twitter and Netflix.

Blue glowing big data in space with particles.


I want to invite you, the reader, to also send in your predictions for the future of Federal government data. Please use the email link at the end of this posting to submit your ideas and predictions about the next trends and technological advances for Federal government data applications and technologies. To help inspire you, I’ve listed some topics discussed in this column for the last couple of years:

Chatbots – Where will chatbots take us in the next ten years? Will citizens have chatbots that interact with government chatbots? What will the next generation of chatbots look like?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning – Will artificial intelligence replace front-line government workers? Will the increasing use of AI and machine learning erode citizen’s privacy rights? Should there be a government agency devoted to protecting against rogue AI applications?

Blockchain Technologies – Will all government services be delivered by smart contracts backed by blockchain ledgers? What comes after blockchain to further enhance the distributed trust model? Will there be a fully autonomous Federal agency that operates solely on blockchains, smart contracts, and AI?

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality – How will virtual reality and augmented reality affect how citizens interact with government? How will the Federal government deal with virtual reality addiction issues? How will augmented reality affect the U.S. workforce?

Bigger Data and the Sensor Networks – As more sensor networks come online, how will the Federal government handle the increasing bandwidth demands? What will the Federal government do to commercialize the new applications made possible by the new datasets? How will the government protect the sensor networks?

The Internet of the Things (IoT) – What steps will the Federal government take to prevent IoT devices from being used in cyber attacks? How will the Federal government prepare for the increased communication demands of the IoT? Should limits be on which devices should be part of the IoT?

3D Printing and Smart Matter – How should the Federal government promote 3D printing while limiting the risks inherent in 3D printing? Should 3D printers and 3D template files be licensed and regulated? What should the Federal government do to regulate the uses of smart matter?

Other – What else is appearing on the horizon that the Federal government should prepare for?

Blue glowing new futuristic technologies, computer generated abstract background.


(Twitter and Netflix are used for illustrative purposes only and do not imply endorsement by the U.S. Federal government or any specific government agencies.)

Each week, The Data Briefing showcases the latest federal data news and trends. Visit this blog every week to learn how data is transforming government and improving government services for the American people. If you have ideas for a topic or have questions about government data, please contact me via email.

Dr. William Brantley is the Training Administrator for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Global Intellectual Property Academy. You can find out more about his personal work in open data, analytics, and related topics at BillBrantley.com. All opinions are his own and do not reflect the opinions of the USPTO or GSA.

Editor’s note: This morning, we announced the launch of 2 new Communities—Artificial Intelligence for Citizen Services, and Virtual/Augmented Reality Community. Find out more about them and how you can join.

by Bill Brantley via DigitalGov

Teach your kids the importance of safety as they trick or treat

Between the spooky houses, silly costumes, and sugary sweets, Halloween can be an exciting evening for a lot of kids! As fun as Halloween can be, however, taking candy from strangers can present risks. Teach your kids the importance of safety as they trick or treat with these tips:
  • Eat a light meal before snacking. Your kids might be tempted to go out on an empty stomach.
  • Some children have mild to severe food allergies. Ask your neighbors and provide alternatives to candies such as glow sticks or small toys, so that everyone can participate.
  • Do not accept any unwrapped food. Be sure to check for tampering before eating snacks.
  • Stick reflective tape on dark costumes to help drivers see you and them.

GSA launches new AI, Virtual Reality, and Authentication Programs

Today we’re launching three new initiatives powered by GSA Digital Communities that leap federal agencies ahead on some of the most innovative new capabilities becoming available to our programs — Artificial Intelligence, Virtual/Augmented Reality, and the U.S. Digital Registry.

These new Communities and portal are products of inter-agency collaboration and our shared commitment pushing the bar forward on effective adoption of digital public services that meet the needs of citizens today and tomorrow… and plant seeds for growing long into the future.

Lindsey Teel, policy advisor at U.S. Department of Labor and advocate for greater accessibility for persons with disabilities, tests Microsoft's Hololens mixed reality device for improving access to training and educations services for citizens with vision impairments.

Artificial Intelligence for Citizen Services Community

Next generation digital public services powered by government data and new advances in artificial intelligence, including chatbots, can help improve and expand our customer service initiatives, and make our public services more open, responsive, informative, and accessible.

Whether helping field tens of thousands of questions during an emergency, or democratizing data through devices powered by Alexa, Siri, and other natural voice recognition systems, citizen engagement will quickly expand from social media and other peer-to-peer services into increasingly personalized, automated delivery. Since our first workshop exploring potential business cases, the demand from agencies to learn more and develop their own pilots has been strong and growing.

The Federal AI for Citizen Services Community will empower members from agencies to collaboratively research, evaluate, and test the latest advancements, while sharing best practices on approaching emerging policy, security, and privacy considerations.

Virtual/Augmented Reality Community

For the first time, immersive enhanced audio and visual experiences through virtual and augmented reality are available to many U.S. citizens through smartphones and other mobile devices, opening the door to an incredible diversity of new programs and services.

We recently hosted a workshop for federal agencies and industry specialists who demoed the latest technologies available, and our brainstorming on the immediate practice applications for these services produced exciting results. Federal agencies are eager to share their ideas for how to use this new medium, from treatment of PTSD through virtual therapy and educating farmers on the installation of solar panels, to disaster management preparedness and response.

The Federal Virtual/Augmented Reality Community will serve as a collaborative hub to research and refine these business cases and analyze pilot programs, while ensuring that the best information available to one of us is readily available to all of us.

Open Authentication of Platforms on the U.S. Digital Registry Portal

Federal agencies across government use platforms and mobile apps to manage their citizen services, whether sharing open source code on GitHub, open data through Socrata, customer reviews on Yelp, videos on YouTube, or profiles on Facebook and Twitter. These conversations in turn will help develop new personalized services through Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things.

Now, for the first time, anyone can browse and export data by agency, language, platform, or tag on 10,000 (and growing) official U.S. federal government accounts and mobile apps in one dashboard through the new U.S. Digital Registry portal.

The successful creation of the U.S. Digital Registry and it’s use by hundreds of individual federal managers for thousands of accounts relied on the collaborative power of our Digital Communities, which allowed for easy access for individual members no matter where they serve.

So what are Digital Communities?

Whether connecting and collaborating around Mobile Development, Multilingual Services and Citizen Science—or now our newly launched Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality programs—together, Digital Communities are the largest and most productive inter-agency network of transformative federal government managers.

With nearly 10,000 federal memberships across more than a dozen mission fields and growing, we’re constantly looking for new ways to work together to strengthen the knowledge and capabilities of any federal manager interested in using innovative technologies to build the most effective, cost-efficient services.

While designed for U.S. federal managers, we strive to transparently share and collaborate with all who are interested in these services, working together to discover opportunities, identify needs, and develop solutions that elevate programs across public services.

What’s Next

If this is the first you’ve heard about our Digital Communities, we encourage you to visit the homepage and learn more.

If you are a federal employee or contractor working in an official capacity with a .gov or .mil email address, chances are you or someone you know is already a part of this constantly growing collaborative initiative. Either way, we invite you to dive in deeper and enjoy the benefits of these productive, collaborative hubs.

If you’re a civic organization, developer or anyone with an interest in these fields, we welcome you to learn more about our activities and how you may be able to contribute.

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USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Unchanged, Markets Eye Durable Goods, Jobless Claims

USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Unchanged, Markets Eye Durable Goods, Jobless Claims
MarketPulse (blog) - 17 minutes ago
The Canadian dollar continues to trade above the 1.33 line, as the currency finds itself at 7-month lows against its US counterpart.

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USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Unchanged, Markets Eye Durable Goods, Jobless Claims

Interview with @CaCorriere | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #ContinuousDelivery

What do dependency resolution, situational awareness, and superheroes have in common? Meet Chris Corriere, a DevOps/Software Engineer at Autotrader, speaking on creative ways to maximize usage of all of the above. Mark Miller, Community Advocate and senior storyteller at Sonatype, caught up with Chris to learn more about what his team is up to.

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Gambling problem: Growth slows for Playtech

Playtech is considered a proxy for the global betting industry, with its business booming alongside the growth of online gambling around th...