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August 29th, 2006

I’ve finally made it to Helsinki, after missing my initial flight out of Cork, I had a worrying wait on the reserve list of the next flight out and once I got it, I then had a very tight connection in Heathrow, to finlly get out to Helsinki. I made it and so did my baggage, which was a surprise, that’s two visits through Heathrow in a week, and it’s not so bad really.
I’m here at the Helsinki School of Economics presenting at the the HSE – 2006 | CKIR Workshop in Helsinki 29-30 August, 2006 which has a theme this year of “The challenge of ‘Open Innovation’ to firms, regions and public agencies’ and a number of the presentations, are attempting to look at the changing nature of service and business development, work and technology in the Internet world.
Into the earlier morning session and I need to follow up on
The Wisdom of Crowds
Europe INNOVA initiative presents the first comprehensive cluster mapping report in the EU-10 new Member States

For the Future Internet, the challenges are many

August 24th, 2006

Berlin is massive, it’s such a pity I didn’t have more time to explore, I was mainly in the Tiergarten area and managed to catch the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag.
As for the topic of the day, the ‘Future Internet’ well there are many, many, many many challenges. In order to focus I started with a look at the Internet Society (ISOC) All About The Internet: Brief History of the Internet article. One key line I took from this “The most pressing question for the future of the Internet is not how the technology will change, but how the process of change and evolution itself will be managed.”
In reviewing this topic, and participating in the days workshop I also found the following EU sources
Report on the “COMMUNICATION NETWORKS OF THE FUTURE” Brussels, 29 March 2006 [pdf]
“Visions of Future Generation Networks” (EuroView2006) July 31st – August 1st 2006
quite helpful.

Challenges for the Future Internet

August 21st, 2006

I’m on my way to Berlin tomorrow to participate in a meeting in which the main topic of disscussion is “Technical Challenges for the fuure internet”.
The bar has been set high, really in an attempt to engage the group and to see what really comes out of the session.
While preparing I came across two intersting articles.
The EDUCAUSE REVIEW | Lessons for the Future Internet: Learning from the Past, July/August 2006, Volume 41, Number 4 lays out the basic characteristics of the internet and then the author goes through and describes a few highlights of Internet development in the past 30 years, (In four stages) analyzes some of the policy factors at work in that development, and then suggests some avenues for research contributions to the evolution of the future Internet which include
Basic Research of networking and its underlying technologies
Advanced Network Facilities.
Universal Affordable Broadband.
Middleware (to provide a set of commonly needed software tools that interpose themselves between applications code and network facilities)
Preservation of the Internet Commons.
Also a report from ACMA (Austrialian Communications and Media Authority) called Vision 20/20: Future Scenarios for the Communications Industry – Implications for Regulation has a good insight into what is seen as the networking utopia – of ‘Internet Everywhere’ and it points out some chalenages such as the incentives for government, industry and users in realising the potential social and economic benefits of a world of pervasive communications – an
information-rich world of ever-present connectivity and distributed computational intelligence.

IPv6 still firmly on the EU research agenda

August 18th, 2006

v6 is having its growing pains, but it shall overcome, well at least the roadmap to the new internet will be discussed at the IST 2006 session “The New Internet: IPv6 Drivers & Challenges – The European IPv6 Roadmap” and let’s not forget that if Google are in the hunt for IPv6 as noted by ZDNet in “Google’s secret IPv6 plans” then Europe better have a good plan of how we want to play in this New Internet.

Eu Technology Platforms out in force at IST 2006

August 18th, 2006

A number of the EU IST Technology platforms are will be representing their wares at the IST 2006 event.
I’ve registered my interest in the eMobility session called “Leveraging Europe’s strength in mobile communications for the benefit of the applications providers
I also note with interest the NEM
Networked and Electronic Media (NEM) Networking
and the NESSI
transforming the Internet to service your life” sessions

European Network of Living Labs at IST 2006

August 17th, 2006

With the Finnish launch on November 20th, 2006 of a European Network of Living Labs, this IST Event 2006 European Network of Living Labs session is also very close to my research heart.
It is a first step towards a new European Innovation Infrastructure (EII), and I would like to participate in the session, and have it as an oppportunity to express what I think the Living Lab concept can offer to FP7 and beyond, and how the project IST Corelabs has contributed to these thoughts.
I’ve also noted some other related sessions such as
Collaboration Upperware for New Working Environments
Collaborative working environment to enable innovation and promotion of SME’s business competitivenes
Finnish Information Society Strategy – P-P Partnership and Research as Key Enablers for e-services

IST 2006 Helsinki, 21-23 November 2006

August 17th, 2006

IST Event 2006 | EUROPA
One of the most important events on the EU IST calendar is on the horizon IST 2006 and the TSSG are currently requesting input in the preparation of the “Security, Dependability and Trust in pervasive networks and services: Towards a Roadmap 2007-2013” networking session by asking you to contribute to the open consultation forum established by SecurIST, at the site
We are looking for feedback on the recently published recommendations report of the Advisory Board on a series of proposed directions for the European Commission’s programme in FP7 in the areas of ICT Security, Dependability and Trust.
The comments already up on the site looks like making the session very interesting.