The post with the dragon tattoo

Discussion of cyber security provokes mixed responses.

On the one hand, eyes roll and the carrier of the cyber security papyrus is quickly branded as a geek. Perhaps to be tolerated. Probably not to be invited to supper. For fear of boring the guests with a barrage of acronyms and poorly parsed prophecies of doom.

On the other hand, hackers have captured the public imagination. Think of the girl with the dragon tattoo. Think of WikiLeaks. Perhaps just think.

Open Source and Standardisation

If you are an owner of an open source technology or use it to develop applications that are part of an international standard, you may be interested in a growing debate around a recent EU communication - ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market published this week. Uninspiring the title may be, but the paper is worth a read.

The thrust of the early discussion is around FRAND. Never heard of it? The acronym stands for Fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (or RAND in the US). It is the basis upon which the owner of an intellectual property right might license that IP to provide a service or product that is covered by an agreed standard. As a large part of the media and broadcast technology sector is underpinned by standards that are honed and agreed by industry stakeholders, often over many years, it is worth understanding what is planned.

Can you see anything?

Yes, wonderful things!

So said Carter, in response to Carnarvon, when, aided by the light of a flickering candle, he peered through a tiny breach in the top left hand corner of the doorway into the tomb of Tutankhamun.

As the crowds began to thin at the NAB Show, I had a similar experience.  This time aided by a great deal more light. And the view was every bit as spectacular as that which captivated Carter. Rough cut, beta, call it what you will, it was spectacular.

I saw something which could revolutionise our industry, and a lot more besides.

‘Have any of you paused your spending, are you confused?’

So went a question posed today by Joe Zaller to a panel of broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, including Discovery, Fox, Disney and TV2 of Norway.

Sunday is typically a day of rest, not this weekend, not in Las Vegas. A packed audience filled an auditorium to be confronted with fact after fact about the financial implications of the changes sweeping the media industry.

And those facts were challenging.

Håvard Myklebust, CTO, TV2 of Norway caught the mood when he observed ‘You need to rewrite a lot of heads’