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  • Joly MacFie 6:16 am on 04/02/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: #Unbound: A Tribute to Aaron Swartz @ArtForChangeInc Exhibit at #ThoughtWorksNYC @aaronsw 

    Internet Hall of Famer Aaron Swartz died on Jan 11 2014. Just over a year later an art exhibit Unbound: A Tribute to Aaron Swartz has been launched, both online and at ThoughtWorks in NYC, where Aaron worked. The exhibit is organized by Art for Change, a non-profit based In El Barrio in Harlem.

    In the words of the curators:

    “One year after his death, we pay homage to Aaron by launching an art exhibit: http://bit.ly/1j3w5C3. The exhibit is an artistic sociopolitical commentary that analyzes some of the issues Aaron tackled through his activism. “Unbound: A Tribute to Aaron Swartz” brings together artists and activist whom, much like Aaron, work tirelessly to challenge the status quo, disrupting unjust systems, giving voice to the voiceless and building movements for justice and equity. Aaron used technology as a tool. Artists use their art. Let us bring this exhibit everywhere!”

    Artists presented include Ellen Pearlman of the Volumetric Society. ISOC-NY attended the opening on March 28 2014 where the following video was captured.

    What: Unbound: A Tribute to Aaron Swartz
    Where:ThoughtWorks, 99 Madison Ave, 15th Floor, @29th ST NYC
    When: Noon to 3PM on Saturdays April 5, 12, 19, 26 – for other times contact ThoughtWorksNYC Connector Jared Hatch (Free)
    Register: http://artforaaronswartz.launchrock.com/
    Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/1hQ5ZSS
    Twitter: @aaronsw | #ThoughtworksNYC | @ArtForChangeInc

  • Joly MacFie 2:38 pm on 01/30/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: codec, h.265, video, webM. HEVC   

    Video codec war heats up #WebM #HVEC #webvideo #streaming 

    Web-MCNET”S Stephen Shankland in an article Google ratchets up VP8 video quality–but so do video rivals notes that Google have released a 1.0 version of their VP8 video codec, intended to provide a royalty-free alternative to h.264. Among the new VP8 features is the ability to encode video at multiple resolutions at the same time and a 10.5 percent speed boost at decoding video, both of which enhance its use in streaming applications.

    Shankland notes that the MPEG consortium is not standing still either, development of h.265 aka HEVC is also well advanced, with spec deadlined for Jun 2012. The target is to halve the bandwidth required for the equivalent h.264 quality.

    To undermine Google’s ‘free’ appeal, MPEG proposes releasing a basic royalty-free version called WebVC.

  • Joly MacFie 3:56 am on 01/20/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: New York Technology Council – Cutting-Edge Technology Showcase 

    On January 9, 2012 at Google NYC, the New York Technology Council presented a “Cutting-Edge Technology Showcase” to demonstrate “awe-inspiring technologies available today”. These included augmented reality games, body-imaging health applications, instant language translation and object recognition in cellphones, and on-demand 3D printed product marketing.

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  • Joly MacFie 4:08 pm on 12/19/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , http, ISO, MPEG, , , video   

    MPEG DASH video #streaming spec ratified as an ISO standard 

    MPEGThe Motion Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) DASH specification has been approved by 24 national bodies and ratified as an ISO standard (ISO/IEC 23009-1), and is expected to be published in March 2012.

    The specification, a new method of dynamically adaptive streaming over the HTTP protocol, will comprise two types of stream segments – multiplexed streams using MPEG-2 Transport Stream (TS) or elementary streams using fragmented MP4 files (fMP4) – using a Common File Format (CFF) that allows a choice of codecs and digital rights management (DRM) schemes. DASH is expected to eventually supercede all current methods except Apple’s HLS, the differentiating factor being the use of a proprietary manifest file in Apple HLS (known as an .m3u8 file) and a standards-based XML-based manifest file in DASH (known as an MPD or Media Presentation Description file).

    Additional work is to be done on the CFF –  with an emphasis on establishing a common DRM scenario –  at the next MPEG meeting in San Jose, California, in February 2012, after which device vendors and content suppliers will commence interoperability tests.

    [Source: Streaming Media News]


  • Joly MacFie 2:10 pm on 06/01/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , traffic, , video   

    Cisco predicts 400% growth in global IP traffic by 2015 #Internet #VNI 

    Cisco’s Virtual Networking Index, in a report Entering the Zettabyte Era (pdf) issued today Jun 1 2011, predicts that annual global IP traffic (Internet and non-Internet) will grow 400% by 2015 to reach 966 exabytes or nearly 1 zettabyte. The chart below represents Internet traffic.
    Internet traffic growth by 2015

    Other predictions for 2015:

    • There will be 3 billion global Internet users, with average bandwidth of 27mbps.
    • The number of devices connected to IP networks will be twice as high as the global population.
    • There will be 6 million Internet households worldwide generating over a terabyte per month in Internet traffic, up from just a few hundred thousand in 2010 (but most of them will be in Asia).
    • Traffic from wireless devices will exceed traffic from wired devices.
    • Peak traffic will be equivalent to 500 million people streaming a high-definition video continuously.

    Over 60% of the traffic will be video, broken down as follows:

    Video usage breakdown 2010-2015

    Interestingly the report tackles the topic of possible changes to the asymmetric bandwidth status quo:

    With the exception of short-form video and video calling, most forms of Internet video do not have a large upstream component.

    As a result, traffic is not becoming more symmetric as many expected when user-generated content first became popular. The emergence of subscribers as content producers is an extremely important social, economic, and cultural phenomenon, but subscribers still consume far more video than they produce. Upstream traffic has been flat as a percentage for several years, according to data from the participants in the Cisco VNI Usage program.

    It appears likely that residential Internet traffic will remain asymmetric for the next few years. However, there are a number of scenarios that could result in a move toward increased symmetry.
    • Content providers and distributors could adopt P2P as a distribution mechanism. There has been a strong case for P2P as a low-cost content delivery system for many years, yet most content providers and distributors have opted for direct distribution, with the exception of applications such as PPStream and PPLive in China, which offer live video streaming through P2P, and have had great success. If content providers in other regions follow suit, traffic could rapidly become highly symmetric.
    • High-end video communications could accelerate, requiring symmetric bandwidth. PC-to-PC video calling is gaining momentum, and the nascent mobile video calling market appears to have promise. If high-end video calling becomes popular, this will move traffic toward symmetry again.

    Generally, if service providers provide ample upstream bandwidth, applications that use upstream capacity will begin to appear.

  • Joly MacFie 6:30 pm on 05/18/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: educational, , , telehouse, , video   

    Video: Peering 101 – primer from Fred Cannone of @TELEHOUSE #internet 

    As revealed by the Level 3/Comcast contretemps late in 2011 the rules of peering are being upended as video becomes prevalent on the web and delivery networks own increasing degrees of backbone infrastructure. Peering itself is an esoteric subject. Here is a helpful primer – Unravel the Mystery of Peering – from Fred Cannone, Sales and Marketing Director, TELEHOUSE America.


  • Joly MacFie 4:50 pm on 05/17/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: @nytechcouncil panel “The Pervasive Network” @sree @jfgrossen @jasonrosenblum @verizonwireless 

    Video of the New York Technology Council panel ‘The Pervasive Network‘ on May 3 2011.


    • Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia Journalism Professor and Tech Columnist, DNAinfo.com


    • Brian Higgins, Executive Director, Verizon Wireless
    • J F Grossen, Creative Director, frog design; Instructor, Parsons New School for Design
    • Jason S. Rosenblum, Director of Emerging & Mobile Products, Dow Jones

    Download audio: [mp3]

  • Joly MacFie 3:45 pm on 03/09/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    DoJ investigating MPEG-LA attack on VP8/WebM open codecs #free culture #patents 

    On Mar 4 2011 Thomas Catan of the Wall Street Journal reported – Web Video Rivalry Sparks U.S. Probe – that the US Department of Justice is investigating the MPEG-LA patent pool over its efforts to hobble WebM, which competes with its h264 video format.

    From the story

    At present, no patent royalties are charged for using Google’s VP8 format. But MPEG LA has questioned that status, and last month issued a call for companies to submit patents they believe may be infringed by VP8. “I can tell you: VP8 is not patent-free,” Mr. Horn said. “It’s simply nonsense.”

    For some people in the tech industry, the issue is less about cost and more about competition and control over technologies at the heart of the Internet. “How could it come to pass that it’s illegal to compete?” asked Monty Montgomery, who runs a free software foundation, XIPH.org, and supports VP8. “That’s when everybody’s antitrust bells should be going off.”

    The threat of future lawsuits has helped persuade some companies to forsake VP8. Apple’s chief executive, Steve Jobs, explained in an email to the Free Software Foundation Europe last year that a patent pool was assembled to “go after” a previous open-source format.

    “All video codecs are covered by patents,” Mr. Jobs wrote. “Unfortunately, just because something is open-source, it doesn’t mean or guarantee that it doesn’t infringe on others patents.”

  • Joly MacFie 2:02 am on 02/08/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , netnetrality, , , video   

    Video: The Strain of Online Videos #broadband 

    On Jan 19, as part of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee State of the Net Conference 2011, a panel of experts discussed the changing landscape of video distribution, and its implications for lawmakers. The panel was preceded by a short presentation by MIT Research Associate Dr. William Lehr outlining the state of play.

    *Gary Arlen, President, Arlen Communications


    • Marvin Ammori, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Nebraska Law School
    • Richard Bennett, Sr. Fellow, The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
      • Susan Crawford, Professor, Cardozo Law School & Research Collaborator, The Center for Information Technology Policy
      • Adam Thierer, Sr. Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

  • Joly MacFie 3:24 am on 02/01/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    @InternetSociety Chapters launch webcasting channel #isoc #internet 

    ISOC Chapters commercial free webcasting channel! Shortlink bit.ly/isoctv

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