Wednesday, September 14, 2016

❕Notice of 09/30/2016 Digital Economy Board of Advisors Open Meeting

"This notice announces an open meeting of the Digital Economy Board of Advisors. The Board advises and provides recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce, through the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), on a broad range of issues concerning the digital economy and Internet policy.
"The meeting will be held in two sessions on September 30, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), and from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. PDT.
"The meeting will be held at Mozilla, 331 E. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View, CA94041. Public comments may be mailed to: Digital Economy Board of Advisors, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230 or emailed to
"For further information contact Evelyn Remaley, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), at (202) 482-3821 or; and/or visit NTIA’s Web site at category/ digital-economy-board-advisors.
 "Federal Register Notice of 09/30/2016 Digital Economy Board of Advisors Open Meeting

Department of Commerce--Property Implications of Proposed Transition of U.S. Government Oversight of Key Internet Technical Functions

"The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) proposes to transition its oversight of key Internet technical functions (the IANA functions) and the Internet domain name system to a global multistakeholder community.  We addressed whether U.S. Government property will be transferred or otherwise disposed of in connection with the transition in violation of the Property Clause of the U.S. Constitution (Article IV).  We find it is unlikely that either the domain name system or the authoritative root zone file (the “address book” for the top-level domain) is U.S. Government property under Article IV.  We also find the Government may have certain data rights, and has limited intellectual and tangible property, all of which constitute Article IV property, but that property will be retained and not disposed of in connection with the transition. Finally, the Government has a contractual right to continued performance by the entities carrying out the IANA functions and related services. That right, which also constitutes U.S. Government property, would be disposed of if NTIA terminates the agreements rather than allowing them to expire, but NTIA has the requisite authority to dispose of this Government property interest."
B-327398: Sep 12, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

RFC :: NTIA The Incentives, Benefits, Costs, and Challenges to IPv6 Implementation

"SUMMARY Recognizing the exhaustion of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) address space and the imperative for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) implementation and use, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking input to guide NTIA in future IPv6 promotional activities. Through this Notice, NTIA invites adopters and implementers of IPv6 as well as any other interested stakeholders to share information on the benefits, costs, and challenges they have experienced, as well as any insight into additional incentives that could aid future adoption, implementation, and support of IPv6. After analyzing the comments, the Department intends to aggregate input received into a report that will be used to inform domestic and global efforts focused on IPv6 promotion, including any potential NTIA initiatives.

"DATES: Comments are due on or before 5 p.m. Eastern Time on October 3, 2016.

Fed Reg Notice: Request for Comments on the Incentives, Benefits, Costs, and Challenges to IPv6 Implementation

RFC :: NIST Report on Lightweight Cryptography

NIST Released Draft NIST Internal Report (NISTIR) 8114, Report on Lightweight Cryptography, for public comment.
Link to the DRAFT NISTIR 8114 document and also to the announcement can be found on the CSRC Drafts Publications page:
Send comments to:

Deadline to submit comments: October 31, 2016.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

:: BEREC Public Consultation on Net Neutrality closed: almost half a million contributions received

"The Public Consultation on the draft BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation by National Regulators of European Net Neutrality Rules concluded on 18 July 2016. The number of contributions received before the deadline is unprecedented for a BEREC consultation, reaching almost half a million submissions.
"The BEREC Office is currently processing the contributions received as planned. BEREC is focused on a thorough evaluation of the contributions and on the finalisation of the Guidelines, in order for all relevant information to be efficiently submitted for adoption by the BEREC Board of Regulators on 25 August 2016.
"BEREC is organising a Press conference on the BEREC Net Neutrality Guidelines on 30 August 2016 in Brussels where information on the outcome of the Public Consultation and on the final Net Neutrality Guidelines will be released.
"All interested citizens, stakeholders and media representatives are invited to participate in the event. "The BEREC Chair and Vice-Chairs will be available to answer relevant questions on the subject.
"The report on the outcome of the Public Consultation along with the BEREC Net Neutrality Guidelines will be published on the BEREC website on the same date before the Press conference. All the contributions received for the Public Consultation (if not indicated as confidential) will also be published on the BEREC website, though the personal data of the contributors will not be published."

Press Release 22 July 2016

:: NTIA Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things Workshop

SUMMARY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will convene a workshop on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force and the Digital Economy Leadership Team on Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things.
DATES: The workshop will be held on September 1, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.
ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. The location of the meeting is subject to change. Please refer to NTIA’s Web site,, for the most current information.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Travis Hall, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482–3522; email Please direct media inquiries to NTIA’s Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482–7002; email

Thursday, August 11, 2016

NTIA Big Sky Broadband Workshop

"The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), through the BroadbandUSA program, will hold a regional broadband summit, “Big Sky Broadband Workshop,” to share information to help communities build their broadband capacity and utilization. The summit will present best practices and lessons learned from broadband network infrastructure build-outs and digital inclusion programs from Montana and surrounding states, including projects that NTIA awarded through its Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant programs and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.1 The summit will also explore effective business and partnership models and will include access to regional policymakers, federal funders, and industry providers.
1 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 11-5, 123 Stat. 115 (2009)."
"The Big Sky Broadband Workshop will be held on August 31, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and September 1, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time."
"The meeting will be held in Montana at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, MT 59808."
Fed Reg Notice

NIST Cybersecurity Events

In the past couple of weeks, NIST Cybersecurity programs have released some new cybersecurity event listings – some are new listings, and some are friendly reminders of what is upcoming over the next 2-4 months:

Open Meeting of The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 (9:00a.m. -- 5:00p.m. Central Time)
University of Minnesota  TCF Bank Stadium
*Note – the link below points to the Federal Register Notice website – this website is The Daily Journal of the United States Government – this webpage will provide more information regarding this meeting.
Link: <>


Privacy Controls Workshop: Next Steps for NIST Special Publication 800-53, Appendix J
September 8, 2016
Department of Transportation Washington, DC


NSCI: High-Performance Computing Security Workshop
September 29-30, 2016
NIST Gaithersburg, MD.


Lightweight Cryptography Workshop 2016
October 17-18, 2016
NIST Gaithersburg, MD.


Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security – 2016
October 19-20, 2016
Washington, DC


Information Security Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) Meeting
October 26-28, 2016
U.S. Access Board   Washington DC


3rd International Conference on Research in Security Standardisation
December 5-6, 2016
NIST, Gaithersburg, MD.


Tuesday, August 09, 2016

August 9, 1995 :: Netscape IPOs and the Dot Com Bubble is in its infancy

The shadow of the the insanity to come, on August 9th, Netscape exploded out of the gates with its IPO.
Mozilla Mascot
On August 9, 1995, Netscape made an extremely successful IPO. The stock was set to be offered at US$14 per share, but a last-minute decision doubled the initial offering to US$28 per share. The stock's value soared to US$75 during the first day of trading, nearly a record for first-day gain. The stock closed at US$58.25, which gave Netscape a market value of US$2.9 billion. While it was unusual for a company to go public prior to becoming profitable, Netscape's revenues had, in fact, doubled every quarter in 1995. The success of this IPO subsequently inspired the use of the term "Netscape moment" to describe a high-visibility IPO that signals the dawn of a new industry.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

August 6, 1991 :: Sir Tim Berners Lee Releases the World Wide Web

The Internet had been created back in the 1960s to foster sharing amongst academic institutions doing cool things at the edge of the network.  It was designed to share information, research, and computer resources.

Sir Tim Berners Lee
It was doing a sucky job of it.  Well, I mean, not really.  The Internet was an explosive success in the academic community.  But sharing information generally meant accessing it by FTP or searching for stuff with search engines named Archie and Veronica. 

Tim Berners Lee had a better mouse trap.  Using hyperlinking and a user interface, he would create a simple application that would present information and link to any other information that happened to be relevant. 
The system had to have one other fundamental property: It had to be completely decentralized. That would be the only way a new person somewhere could start to use it without asking for access from anyone else. And that would be the only way the system could scale, so that as more people used it, it wouldn't get bogged down. This was good Internet-style engineering, but most systems still depended on some central node to which everything had to be connected - and whose capacity eventually limited the growth of the system as a whole. I wanted the act of adding a new link to be trivial; if it was, then a web of links could spread evenly across the globe.
Tim Berners-Lee, Weaving the Web, p15-16 (Harper Business 2000)

On August 6th, 1991, in an online chat room, Tim Berners Lee announced the release of the World Wide Web application and linked to the First web page at