Monthly Archives: February 2012

Intel Embedded Research & Education Summit 2012 – Day 3

Are you interested in learning more about how Intel’s Intelligent System Group collaborates with Universities & Colleges around the world? Here is the agenda & associated presentations from Day 3 of the Intel Embedded Research & Education Summit 2012 held on February 24, 2012 in Chandler, AZ. Read more >

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Intel Embedded Research & Education Summit 2012 – Day 1

Are you interested in learning more about how Intel’s Intelligent System Group collaborates with Universities & Colleges around the world? Here is the agenda & associated presentations from Day 1 of the Intel Embedded Research & Education Summit 2012 held on February 22, 2012 in Chandler, AZ. Read more >

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Intel Embedded Research & Education Summit 2012 – Day 2

Are you interested in learning more about how Intel’s Intelligent System Group collaborates with Universities & Colleges around the world? Here is the agenda & associated presentations from Day 2 of the Intel Embedded Research & Education Summit 2012 held on February 23, 2012 in Chandler, AZ. Read more >

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Intel introduces IAM as-a-service for cloud apps

At the RSA conference 2012 this week, we’re excited to introduce a new cloud service “Intel Cloud SSO” for Enterprises to provide Identity and Access Management (IAM) for cloud applications from the cloud. The service runs on Salesforce’s Force.com platform … Continue reading

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White House Releases Framework for Protecting Privacy in a Networked World

By David Hoffman, Intel’s director of security policy and global privacy officer

Intel is pleased that the U.S. government has continued its valuable contributions to the privacy policy landscape by today releasing the White House’s framework for “Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World.”  This paper is a follow up to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s “green paper.”  Providing a policy environment where consumers can trust their personal information is protected is essential to the creation of a computing continuum that will enrich the lives of individuals worldwide. As we stated upon the release of the green paper, Intel continues to strongly support the Department’s and Administration’s leadership in protecting privacy while at the same time promoting innovation.

We are pleased the Administration, in testimony last year, and reinforced in this paper, calls for U.S. federal privacy legislation based upon the Fair Information Practices.  Intel has long supported federal privacy legislation to ensure consumer trust in technology.  As we have discussed previously, Intel sees computing moving in a direction where an individual’s applications and data will move as that person moves through his or her day. To manage these applications and data, the individual will use a wide assortment of digital devices, including servers, laptop computers, smartphones, tablets, televisions, and handheld PCs. Thus, it is necessary individuals have trust in being able to create, process, and share all types of data, including data that may be quite sensitive, such as health and financial information. The Administration’s paper rightly recognizes that this innovation will only be possible if policymakers create a legislative framework to ensure this trust. Additionally, as we wait for the Federal Trade Commission to issue its follow-up report to the preliminary staff privacy report it issued, we hope that the FTC will follow the Administration’s lead and similarly recommend that Congress enact privacy legislation.

The Administration’s paper continues to recognize we are at a critical time in the development of computing where promoting an environment that allows for innovation is essential. Intel strongly supports the Administration’s conclusion that industry and government must work closely together to provide greater privacy protection for individuals.  The paper also correctly recognizes that privacy is highly contextual, and a “Respect for Context” principle is prominently featured in the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.  This approach requires a flexible system that looks to the expectations individuals have when they use technology within a specific context.  Rather than creating detailed rules for specific technologies, we support the government’s effort to act as an “impatient convener” of industry to create best practices or codes of conduct to implement fair information practices. Non-governmental organizations and the FTC can then play the important role to verify conformance to a company’s stated practices. This type of co-regulation allows both government and industry to leverage their respective strengths and to efficiently use scarce resources.

Finally, we are pleased the Administration has again recognized the international implications of our U.S. privacy system.  For instance, we are pleased with the Department of Commerce’s progress in developing within the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation a system of Cross-Border Privacy Rules. In both APEC and elsewhere, there is a growing call for not necessarily harmonized, but most certainly interoperable, privacy rules that allow for accountable cross-border flows of information while ensuring both the protection of consumers and allowing for the benefits of ecommerce.  The broad international perspective and expertise the Department brings to the privacy debate is critical, and we urge policymakers to heed their call for a coordinated government-wide approach and greater leadership on these issues.

We are pleased that the President and the Administration have rightly recognized that “privacy protections are critical to maintaining consumer trust in networked technologies,” a view we at Intel have long held.  We look forward to continued discussion and welcome your comments.

 

 

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Barcelona Baby

I know I know, but I am really overly excited to go to Barcelona on Sunday for Mobile World Congress and cannot help myself and need to state as often as possible Barcelona Baby. Like Joey from Friends who was over the moon to travel to London seeing… Read more >

A Milestone for U.S. Spectrum Policy and the American Economy

By Margie Dickman, Senior Policy Counsel at Intel

The decision by the U.S. Congress to include voluntary incentive auction authority in its comprehensive payroll tax agreement marks a milestone for our nation’s spectrum policy and the U.S. economy. Voluntary incentive auction authority will help America meet our nation’s ever-increasing demand for mobile broadband connectivity and promote U.S. leadership in technology innovation — while creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and raising tens of billions of dollars for the U.S. Treasury.

The surge in mobile broadband use is rapidly transforming the American digital landscape. It has vastly improved our ability to connect with family, friends, and co-workers via ever smaller and faster Ultrabooks, smartphones, and similar computing devices.

Spectrum is the scarce resource currently constraining this U.S. mobile data revolution. With the passage of voluntary incentive auction authority, the U.S. takes the lead as the first country in the world to adopt this market-based auction mechanism. This innovative spectrum auction tool will spur the transition of our limited spectrum resource from existing uses to newer, higher-valued uses like mobile broadband.

Voluntary incentive auctions will give existing spectrum licensees like TV broadcasters an opportunity to relinquish their spectrum in exchange for a portion of the auction proceeds. The relinquished spectrum then will be auctioned to mobile broadband carriers to deploy faster, more robust networks that U.S. consumers and businesses are demanding for seamless mobile connectivity.

Intel commends the bicameral and bipartisan leadership that made this landmark achievement in spectrum policy possible.

In particular, we appreciate the dedication of the Senate Committee on Commerce and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, as well as the champions of voluntary incentive auctions: Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA), Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Subcommittee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), and Ranking Member Jim DeMint (R-SC) and their committed staffs.

Intel also applauds the Senate and House Leadership for not only recognizing the positive budget impact of spectrum auctions, but also the long-term benefits to U.S. leadership and the American economy. Indeed, economists project that the societal benefits to the American economy from new spectrum auctions and increased mobile broadband connectivity will be 10 to 20 times the actual auction revenue.

At a time when our country needed both, Congress has delivered a technology and economic win for the American people.

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When Jedis Go Shopping

Many of use have watched with wonder as Jedis from the popular Star Wars film can, with the use if just their will & “The Force,” move heavy objects (even an X-wing Fighter) through the air. However, while true telekinetics remains within the realm of science-fiction, virtual telekinetics will soon be within your reach – pardon my pun. Specifically, thanks to the new “Kinect for Windows” SDK that Microsoft has released, embedded developers working on their next Intelligent Systems idea can leverage this to enable the “virtual you” to be able to move things through your virtual environment like a Jedi! Read more >

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