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A key development for the Internet of Things will be the evolution and emergence of the ‘Cloud Name System’, a directory system for Cloud applications in the same way DNS (Domain Name System) works for the web and email. Lori MacVittie wrote a while back about the need for an ‘SNS’ – a Service Name System, a DNS type directory approach but for Cloud Services so that they can be entirely loosely coupled from their IT infrastructure. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, himself described a scenario of ‘Socially Aware Cloud Storage‘ that applies this same ideal of abstraction to our personal data across all the social networks we use. This refers to a distributed (Cloud) storage service that is used to store personal user data for social networks, rather than the social sites holding it themselves. The standard I am more familiar with is the OASIS XDI protocol, w... (more)

ID Consent: applying the IDaaS Maturity Framework to design and deploy interactive BYOID (Bring-Your-Own-ID) with Use Case

Introduction Current approaches to IDaaS on one hand enforce trust of consumer data using legal compliance, risk and impact assessment and the other hand require technical implementation of access controls to personal data held by an enterprise. Balancing trust has to be done across all layers, verifying person’s identities, showing the individual and the service is real, creating short term relationships and verifying and maintaining all long the Cloud service the user mapping between the enterprise and the cloud user account in a mesh federation. This makes sense only if... (more)

Digital Government best practices – No Wrong Door

The next main phase for the Cloud Best Practices Network is for it to become a ‘Virtual University’, meaning a provider of online e-learning courses and issuer of associated ‘Digital Badge‘ certificates. The curriculum will be organized in a bottom up and top down manner, meaning that we will populate a catalogue of on demand, modular courses, like a specific module for ‘How to Use for Business Continuity’. Very specific and to the point, for perhaps $195? Digital Government Also in a more top down manner will be much larger, ongoing programs int... (more)

IoT @ UoT – How the University of Toronto is the gem in Canada’s tech innovation crown

Like most of the tech world I recently shifted my core focus to be headlined around the Next Big Thing, the “IoT” – Internet of Things. Why? For the same reasons I specialized in Cloud, and before that SaaS and before that ASPs and web hosting. Ie. a continuing evolution of the original ‘Network is the Computer’ vision of Sun Microsystems – All technology becoming a network-based utility, rather than a buy, build and install model. Since then the volume of devices, information flows and bandwidth has exploded exponentially, but the principles o... (more)

An IoT Taxonomy – Mapping Internet of Things Innovation

One of the most powerful aspects of the Internet of Things is the process of synthesis it achieves; it provides a mental model for people to associate and relate a number of different technologies under one umbrella concept and trend. Therefore one early quick win is a simple taxonomy for listing what these different technology camps are, so here is a first draft approach for this that is now included as the guiding framework in our IoT Technology Roadmap: IoT Taxonomy Wearable Computing - The smartphone will remain as the central control unit but it will be "Wearables" that ge... (more)