Posts Tagged ‘trade’

Trade Show Video Features Iranian Tech, Talk of Stuxnet Retaliation

October 20th, 2012 10:35 admin View Comments


dcblogs writes “Iran recently held a security trade show and conference, attended by high-ranking police and military officials. A video by an Iranian news outlet shows some of the products, from crossbows to unidentified systems, and includes an interview with Iran’s police chief, Brig. Gen. Esmail Ahmadi-Moqadam: ‘It’s true that the U.S. made Stuxnet virus did some damage to our facilities but we were able to get them all up and running in no time. However, those who attack should expect retaliation and we haven’t gone there just yet.’”

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FTC Offers $50,000 For Best Way To Stop Robocalls

October 19th, 2012 10:01 admin View Comments


coondoggie writes “It’s not clear if the Federal Trade Commission is throwing up its hands at the problem or just wants some new ideas about how to combat it, but the agency is now offering $50,000 to anyone who can create what it calls an innovative way to block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones.”

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Post-ACTA Agreement CETA Moving Forward With Similar Provisions

October 15th, 2012 10:18 admin View Comments

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rrohbeck writes “From ‘The shadow of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is back in Europe. It is disguised as CETA, the Canada-European Union and Trade Agreement. A comparison of the leaked draft Canada-EU agreement shows the treaty includes a number of the same controversial provisions, specifically concerning criminal enforcement, private enforcement by Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and harsh damages.’”

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The Case For the Blue Collar Coder

October 8th, 2012 10:13 admin View Comments


theodp writes “U.S. tech talent shortage discussions tend to focus on getting more young people to go to college to become CS grads. Nothing wrong with that, writes Anil Dash, but let’s not forget about education which teaches mid-level programming as a skilled trade, suitable for apprenticeship and advancement in a way that parallels traditional trade skills like HVAC or welding. Dash encourages less of a focus on ‘the next Zuckerberg’ in favor of encouraging solid middle-class tech jobs that are primarily focused on creating and maintaining tech infrastructure in non-tech companies. Dash also suggests ‘changing the conversation about recruiting technologists from the existing narrow priesthood of highly-skilled experts constantly chasing new technologies to productive workers getting the most out of widely-deployed platforms and frameworks.’”

Source: The Case For the Blue Collar Coder

The Dodgy, Disorderly, Dangerous Trade in Human Tissues

July 20th, 2012 07:58 admin View Comments
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Reject ACTA, European Parliament Trade Committee Recommends

June 21st, 2012 06:32 admin View Comments


Qedward writes “The European Parliament’s trade committee, INTA, voted on Thursday not to postpone a crucial parliamentary vote on the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The committee also decided, by 19 votes to 12, to recommend to the Parliament that the trade deal be rejected. INTA is the lead committee examining the international agreement, and its recommendation will carry weight with the rest of the Parliament. The Parliamentary plenary vote on the treaty is now scheduled for July 3.”

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BT Starts Blocking the Pirate Bay

June 20th, 2012 06:30 admin View Comments


judgecorp writes “The UK’s largest ISP, BT, has obeyed a court order to block The Pirate Bay, following similar moves by five other service providers, after complaints by music trade body BPI. The Pirate Bay says it can continue regardless through workarounds. From the article: ‘BT has started blocking access to The Pirate Bay, becoming the sixth major ISP to prevent access to the file-sharing service. It follows blocks enforced by Orange, Virgin, Sky, TalkTalk and O2, after they all obeyed a court order made in April. BT, which has been in ongoing discussions with trade body the BPI over how it would carry out a block, had not been hit with such an order until this week.’”

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A Day In the Life of a “Booth Babe”

June 7th, 2012 06:16 admin View Comments


jfruh writes “Booth babes,” promotional models paid to showcase products, are ubiquitous figures at tech trade shows. Ever wonder what they think of their jobs? Well, it may not surprise you to learn that standing up for eight hours in heels isn’t much fun. Some enjoy the work, while others don’t enjoy being the subject of stares. And one model adds that ‘The industry is now moving towards making models show more skin.’”

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Barter-Based School Catching On Globally

May 26th, 2012 05:22 admin View Comments


sethopia writes “In 2010, three people had the crazy idea to start a school where the teachers teach whatever they want and the students pay for classes with whatever teachers need — cutlery, art, advice — but never with money. Trade Schools have been popping up around the world and are now active in 15 cities and 10 countries, with almost no prodding from its founders. Caroline Woolard, one of the founders, discusses the challenges and opportunities of adapting their idea to an international audience and making the Trade School software — based on Python and Django — great.”

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How U.S. Policy Creates Barriers for Cloud Providers

April 23rd, 2012 04:18 admin View Comments

As cloud storage competition heats up, providers in the United States may want to start lobbying for better data protection laws if they want to remain competitive. The current state of U.S. law, particularly the Patriot Act, has companies outside the U.S. understandably nervous about hosting data on American soil.

The issue has come to the fore thanks to the “2012 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE)” report. Part of the report focuses on “barriers” to trade complaints that U.S. companies have “voiced concerns” that the Australian government is “sending negative messages about cloud computing services to potential Australian customers in both the public and private sectors, implying that hosting data overseas, including in the United States, by definition entails greater risk and unduly exposes consumers to their data being scrutinized by foreign governments.”

The report goes on to claim this isn’t the case, but even Microsoft has said that it cannot provide guarantees against data being handed over to U.S. authorities.

Furthermore, the report complains that the Australian Parliament is considering draft legislation that prohibits “the overseas storage of any Australian electronic health records.”

Australians aren’t unique in worrying about the Patriot Act. The members of the European Union (EU) are also concerned and are trying to pass legislation that would override the current EU/U.S. Safe Harbor provisions. The possible remedies considered by the EU could result in major fines for companies in breach of the directive.

Removing Barriers

Organizations outside the United States are understandably concerned about hosting their data in the U.S, and thus may not do as much business with U.S.-based companies. If the new European Data Protection Directive goes forward it might ease concerns. But it could mean stringent penalties for U.S.-based companies if they do comply with requests from law enforcement. And it could mean legal unpleasantness if they don’t comply with requests from U.S. law enforcement.

To put it another way, the tension between U.S. laws and interests overseas puts U.S. companies between a rock and a hard place.

None of this is helped by whining U.S. trade representatives complaining about “trade barriers” that are nothing more than prudent reactions to overreaching U.S. laws. What’s called for is a second look at U.S. law – and a repeal of the parts (if not all) of the Patriot Act that give foreign organizations (and U.S. citizens, for that matter) cause for concern.

The other alternative is to cede business to companies outside the U.S.

The flip side of all of this, of course, is a business opportunity for companies based outside the U.S. and for companies that provide “bring your own storage,” options like ownCloud or client-side encryption offerings like SpiderOak Blue.

The real barrier to trade here is not from outside, it’s one the U.S. government has erected and that U.S.-based companies are likely to pay the price for.

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