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ISOC-NY and Disruptive Technologists cosponsor events

We’re excited to cosponsor two events with the Disruptive Technologists!

Details on the first below. We’ll follow with an all-day event at Brooklyn Law on November 11 with panels providing a more in depth look at a wide variety of new technologies to be followed with hackathons to fill gaps in their realization.

Please join Disruptive Technologists for a panel discussion moderated by:

Bruce Bachenheimer, Professor & Director, Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University, NYC

Panelists:

1. David Rose, VC & Serial Entrepreneur, New York Angels, Gust.com

2. Jessica Singleton, Digital Director at Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

3. Chez Mee, Brand Innovation Strategist & Serial Entrepreneur

The financial crisis of 2008 was an inflection point where Mayor Bloomberg was widely credited for reinventing the traditional Wall Street Economy through technology entrepreneurship. Yet some criticized his success as having been more of a wealth creation model for a narrow section of the City.

Are we now at a second inflation point? At the recent press conference in Dumbo to announce Digital.NYC, the City’s new hub for tech and startups, Mayor Bill De Blasio talked about his new technology initiatives. So this brings up the question: Will things get worse or will they get better? What will happen to the gains made by the Bloomberg Administration? Or will there not even be a new inflection point, and things will remain the same? What does it take to make a successful tech ecosystem?

Disruptive Technologists is an organization dedicated to finding out what makes Disrupters tick – what they are thinking, how they do what they do and then inspire, promote, support, mentor and advise  in order to future Disruption in NYC through tech. We do this through the weekly publication DisruptiveTechnologists.com, monthly panels through our organization Digital Technologists in NYC and through our monthly newsletter. We also report on and cover new Disrupters and attend the hottest events in order to spread their Disruptive words.  We offer an intimate look at this new breed of tech entrepreneurs and their innovative products and services.

Join us for the event to hear from some of the most qualified, dedicated, and passionate Disrupters in the business.
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Video: hackNY Demofest

Fellows of the hackNY program, which placed students with NYC tech firms over the summer, demonstrate the results of their efforts at the Courant Institute NYU on Jul 30 2010. Support from fiscal sponsor ISOC-NY with funding from the Kauffman Foundation.

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Video: Hunter Newby – Introduction to Allied Fiber

Allied Fiber At the second of the Internet Society NY Chapter’s meetings with Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber, he presented an overview of the company’s plan to encircle the entire USA with a dark fiber ring with carrier neutral access at any point. Allied Fiber’s simple yet forward-thinking “real estate” approach to infrastructure provides de facto the structural separation which has, in other countries, been a boon to ISP competition, giving users access to cheap bandwidth and making network neutrality a moot point. Runs just about an hour. The subsequent Q&A may be made available at a later date.

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Webcast: ISOC-DC discussion “Choices for the Smart Grid”

On Jan 20 2010 the DC area members of the Internet Society held a discussion: “Choices for the Smart Grid“. The electric power grid–and the appliances in your home–are being networked, enabling electric utilities to better control electric power generation, consumption, and distribution–and give consumers ways to save energy and money. But it is not clear how the Smart Grid will develop. Will the Smart Grid be fully integrated with the Internet or will proprietary technologies and security concerns make that difficult? What steps will be needed to ensure the security of the Smart Grid? How will the Smart Grid interoperate with home networks and other systems? Will each utility and each country adopt different approaches or will there be global standards–and who will set those standards?

Details, slides and video below:
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Internet Futures Scenarios

ISOC logoRecently, senior staff at the Internet Society engaged in a scenario planning exercise to reveal plausible courses of events that could impact the health of the Internet in the future. The results of the exercise were subsequently reviewed with the Internet Society Board of Trustees who have, in turn, thrown it to the chapters for comment.

Scenarios always start from a question about the future. In this case, the focal question for the exercise was: “Will the world embrace or resist the open Internet model?” with a second-level question to narrow the field: “What model will be more successful? Command and control? Or, distributed and decentralized?”

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Gates Foundation proposes $10bn plan to fiber 123k public institutions

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation An Ars Technica article details a proposal by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to bring fiber to 123,000 public institutions nationwide at a cost of $4.9bn-$10bn.  The FCC is taking comments.
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Singularity U. Vint Cerf / Bob Metcalfe talks (video)

Singularity UniversitySingularity University has posted on YouTube the first two videos of lecturers in the recent Graduate Studies Program at NASA Ames. Vint Cerf gives a comprehensive overview of the state of the Internet today and new issues, including IPv6, the need for cloud computing standards, the growing Asian prominence online, and the interplanetary Internet. Bob Metcalfe lectures on the “Enernet,” applying the Internet model to energy.
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ISOC Chapters discuss IPv6 transition

ISOC logo On September 22 2009 ISOC Chapters held an E-meeting to discuss two new briefings on IPv6 deployment.

Amongst the conclusions were that, for competitive advantage and business continuity, stakeholders – rather than sitting on their hands waiting for a ‘killer app’ or an IPv4 ‘crisis’ – need to institute a robust policy of factoring IPv6 deployment into network ‘refresh’ cycles. Chapters can help by raising awareness. Governments, in particular, can be prevailed upon to assist the process by leading by example. Addressing is as important as broadband, both are important enablers of innovation and growth.
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Video of NYC BTOP meeting

With the deadline for applications for the first round of grants from the $7.2bn set aside for broadband adoption projects in President Obama’s stimulus plan rapidly approaching (Aug14), members of many of NYC communities met to discuss how best to achieve results. Representatives of the City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT) poured cold water on many aspirations stating that most, if not all, the cash would go to rural projects. Despite this many declared it their intention to apply.

Audio & Video below. A listserv has been set up for further conversation. Twitter: #nycbtop
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In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace

Mar 17 2009 Berkman Center: David G. Post, Stern Professor of Law at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, discusses questions raised by his recently-published book, In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace (Oxford), which re-creates Jefferson’s encyclopedia of the New World (“Notes on the State of Virginia,” 1786), but this time for cyberspace. Video below.


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NYC Broadband Hearing – Staten Island – Mar 5 2009

nycThe NYC Broadband Advisory Committee will hold its fifth public hearing in Staten Island on March 5 2009.

WHEN: Thursday, March 5, 2009, 11 AM – 3 PM
WHERE: CUNY College of Staten Island (Building 1P)
Recital Hall, The Center for the Arts
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314 [map] [travel info]
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Video of NYC Broadband briefing

Diamond Consultants was hired by the New York City Economic Development
Corporation to determine the breadth of the digital divide in New York City
and develop programs and initiatives to provide greater digital inclusion for
all residents. Chris O’Brien, a Partner in Diamond’s Public Sector practice,
detailed Diamond’s findings – and its recommendations for the City’s next
steps – to the NYC Broadband Advisory Committee at City Hall on July 30 2008.
Afterwards members of the Committee and the public made comments.

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ICANN votes to add new TLD’s

ICANN The ICANN board voted unanimously on Thursday to approve plans to add more generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) to the Internet’s naming system. They also voted to put on a fast track the implementation of a limited number of Internationalized (non-ASCII) country code TLDs (IDN ccTLDs). The vote is the result of a Policy Development process that was initiated in 2005. Final implementation proposals will be presented to the board in Cairo in December.

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Semantic Web Panel Discussion at LinkedData Conference 2008

Semantic Web Panel Discussion at LinkedData Conference 2008 Dawa Riley has posted up her notes of the panel on the Semantic Web at the LinkedData Conference 2008, held last week in NYC.

Topics covered during the panel included:

  • How can we monetize the semantic web?
  • Is the semantic web relevant and ready for what we’re doing today?
  • The importance of interoperability and standards.
  • Barriers to adoption of semantic technologies and how can we encourage adoption of it
  • Practical insights into the semantic web.
  • What technologies and products are available today?
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    Jeff Jarvis Op-Ed in today’s NY Post

    Jeff JarvisIn “WAVELENGTH WAR” – an Op-Ed piece in today’s NY Post – CUNY journalism Prof. Jeff Jarvis gives unqualified support to the Google ‘white space’ proposal to open up to community wireless IP the bandwidth freed by the changeover to digital tv. Continue reading