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  • joly 2:24 am on 10/07/2016 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TODAY: CITI State of Telecom 2016 – Online Video as the Disruptor: Winners and Losers #citisot2016 

    Livestream Today Friday October 7th 2016 the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information presents the annual conference on the State of Telecom at the Columbia University, NYC. This year’s event has the theme Online Video as the Disruptor: Winners and Losers. The event will be webcast live via the Internet Society livestream channel.

    What: CITI State of Telecom 2016
    Where: Columbia University
    When: Friday October 7 2016 9am-5pm EDT | 13:00-21:00 UTC
    Agenda: http://www.citicolumbia.org/events/2016/SoT2016/stateoftelecom.html
    Webcast: http://new.livestream.com/internetsociety/citisot2016
    Twitter: #citisot2016

    • imrananwar 3:00 am on 10/07/2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great to see this Institute going so well all these years. I will try to join in though I am in the middle of an all-nighter of a 36 hours day. I have known about CITI since shortly after I came to Columbia Business School in January 1989 for my MBA, and founded and launched .PK and Internet email for Pakistan while still a student at Columbia. Regards to the leaders there whom I recall meeting during my time at Uris Hall.


  • joly 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 2:38 pm on 01/30/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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 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 4:08 pm on 12/19/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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 2:10 pm on 06/01/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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 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 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 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 2:02 am on 02/08/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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 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

  • joly 10:48 am on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    BitTorrent demo’s P2P live video streaming at CES #webcasting 

    At CES in Las Vegas BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen demo’d a P2P live streaming system , a component of Project Chrysalis – a planned “complete home entertainment platform”.

    video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

  • joly 2:17 am on 11/09/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: Douglas Rushkoff – Program or Be Programmed 

    Douglas Rushkoff expounds on his new book ‘Program or Be Programmed‘ in the Computers & Society Speaker Series at the Courant Institute NYU on Nov 3 2010.

    • Vangala 8:40 am on 02/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      please, please consider posting MP3 files for these lectures. Very interesting, would like to listen during my long drives…..please!

      • joly 1:11 am on 02/22/2011 Permalink | Reply

        I often do, recently have got out of the habit a bit. Thanks for the reminder!

  • joly 4:19 am on 11/05/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: Tim Wu ‘The Master Switch’ at Columbia Law School #netneutrality #structsep #telcom #internet 

    Tim Wu presents the theme of his book ‘The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires’ at Columbia Law School on Nov 3 2010.

  • joly 2:36 pm on 05/19/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Google / Mozilla launch WebM project to bring open video to web 

    WebM is an open, royalty-free, media file format designed for the web.

    WebM defines the file container structure, video and audio formats. WebM files consist of video streams compressed with the VP8 video codec and audio streams compressed with the Vorbis audio codec. The WebM file structure is based on the Matroska container.

    Benefits of WebM

    *Openness and innovation. A key factor in the web’s success is that its core technologies such as HTML, HTTP, and TCP/IP are open for anyone to implement and improve. With video being core to the web experience, a high-quality, open video format choice is needed. WebM is 100% free, and open-sourced under a BSD-style license.
    *Optimized for the web. Serving video on the web is different from traditional broadcast and offline mediums. Existing video formats were designed to serve the needs of these mediums and do it very well. WebM is focused on addressing the unique needs of serving video on the web.
    o Low computational footprint to enable playback on any device, including low-power netbooks, handhelds, tablets, etc.
    o Simple container format
    o Highest quality real-time video delivery
    o Click and encode. Minimal codec profiles, sub-options; when possible, let the encoder make the tough choices.

    For more information about WebM, see http://www.webmproject.org/

    • Joly MacFie 3:21 pm on 05/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Some detailed analysis is on http://x264dev.multimedia.cx/?p=377

      Google’s choice of container and audio format for HTML5

      Google has chosen Matroska for their container format. This isn’t particularly surprising: Matroska is one of the most widely used “modern” container formats and is in many ways best-suited to the task. MP4 (aka ISOmedia) is probably a better-designed format, but is not very flexible; while in theory it can stick anything in a private stream, a standardization process is technically necessary to “officially” support any new video or audio formats. Patents are probably a non-issue; the MP4 patent pool was recently disbanded, largely because nobody used any of the features that were patented.

      Another advantage of Matroska is that it can be used for streaming video: while it isn’t typically, the spec allows it. Note that I do not mean progressive download (a’la Youtube), but rather actual streaming, where the encoder is working in real-time. The only way to do this with MP4 is by sending “segments” of video, a very hacky approach in which one is effectively sending a bunch of small MP4 files in sequence. This approach is used by Microsoft’s Silverlight “Smooth Streaming”. Not only is this an ugly hack, but it’s unsuitable for low-latency video. This kind of hack is unnecessary for Matroska. One possible problem is that since almost nobody currently uses Matroska for live streaming purposes, very few existing Matroska implementations support what is necessary to play streamed Matroska files.

      I’m not quite sure why Google chose to rebrand Matroska; “WebM” is a stupid name.

      The choice of Vorbis for audio is practically a no-brainer. Even ignoring the issue of patents, libvorbis is still the best general-purpose open source audio encoder. While AAC is generally better at very low bitrates, there aren’t any good open source AAC encoders: faac is worse than LAME and ffmpeg’s AAC encoder is even worse. Furthermore, faac is not free software; it contains code from the non-free reference encoder. Combined with the patent issue, nobody expected Google to pick anything else.

      Summary for the lazy

      VP8, as a spec, should be a bit better than H.264 Baseline Profile and VC-1. It’s not even close to competitive with H.264 Main or High Profile. If Google is willing to revise the spec, this can probably be improved.

      VP8, as an encoder, is somewhere between Xvid and Microsoft’s VC-1 in terms of visual quality. This can definitely be improved a lot, but not via conventional means.

      VP8, as a decoder, decodes even slower than ffmpeg’s H.264. This probably can’t be improved that much.

      With regard to patents, VP8 copies way too much from H.264 for anyone sane to be comfortable with it, no matter whose word is behind the claim of being patent-free.

      VP8 is definitely better compression-wise than Theora and Dirac, so if its claim to being patent-free does stand up, it’s an upgrade with regard to patent-free video formats.

      VP8 is not ready for prime-time; the spec is a pile of copy-pasted C code and the encoder’s interface is lacking in features and buggy. They aren’t even ready to finalize the bitstream format, let alone switch the world over to VP8.

      With the lack of a real spec, the VP8 software basically is the spec–and with the spec being “final”, any bugs are now set in stone. Such bugs have already been found and Google has rejected fixes

      Google made the right decision to pick Matroska and Vorbis for its HTML5 video proposal.

    • joly 12:44 pm on 05/21/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Google Has A Problem: VP8 Is Not As Good As H.264

      “Based on test results from two different codec experts, Jan Ozer (test results link to come shortly) and Jason Garrett-Glaser (test results), they both came to the conclusions that the VP8 codec provides similar quality to H.264, but in most cases, H.264 is still better quality wise than VP8. Both also stated that most won’t notice the difference between VP8 and H.264, but that’s not what VP8 was suppose to be about. VP8 was touted as the video codec that was suppose to replace H.264 because it could offer better quality at half the bandwidth, something both reviewers said is not possible.”

  • joly 1:27 pm on 04/29/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    INET Live webcast from Washington DC 

    The live webcast from INET in Washington DC is below:

    Twitter tag: #inetdc

    Morning session:

  • Session 3: Using the bits: Daniel Salcedo, Harry Wingo, Panel
  • Afternoon session:

  • Keynote Address: Larry Strickling
  • Technology / Policy Slam
  • Continued

  • Policy Slam judging
  • networking break
  • Executive Address: Dr. James Galvin
  • Featured Discussion: Romain Murenzi & Reed Hundt
  • Closing remarks: Brian Cute
  • joly 10:24 pm on 04/13/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “Art of the Long View” interview with Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg (video) 

    April 8, 2010: In the second event of the Annenberg “Art of the Long View” series, communication professor Jonathan Taplin discusses the future of communication with Verizon CEO and chairman of the board Ivan Seidenberg.

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  • joly 8:25 pm on 04/12/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Google to Open-source VP8 for HTML5 Video 

    NewTeeVee reports Google will soon make its VP8 video codec open source. The company is scheduled to officially announce the release at its Google I/O developers conference next month, a source with knowledge of the announcement said

  • joly 9:45 pm on 02/27/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Flash vs html5 h.264 test results 

    As we know Steve Jobs and other Apple execs have recently condemned the Flash plugin as too CPU intensive for use in their products, instead suggesting everyone follow their lead in moving to h.264 playback in html5. Jan Ozer of the Streaming Learning Center has run some comparison tests as to which method uses the most cpu resources.

    Only Safari and Chrome currently support html5 h.264. First thing he found was that as far as Safari in Windows goes that support is imaginary as it doesn’t work.

    On Macs, however, Safari html5 showed marked superiority – 12.39% versus all the competition at 40-50%. On Windows Flash 10 had a slight lead but once he upgraded to Flash 10.1, which takes advantage of hardware acceleration, there were massive CPU savings – in chrome, for example, dropping the load to 6.3%.

    Ozer quotes Anand Lai Shimpi as saying that it’s up to Apple to expose the “hooks” that would allow Flash to exploit hardware acceleration in their products.

    He concludes:

    Apple complaining about Flash being a CPU Hog while not exposing “the appropriate hooks” to enable Adobe to access hardware acceleration seems disingenous at best. To be fair to Apple, though, the iPad related timing was unfortunate, with the bulk of the development work done under the shadow of Flash Player 10.0, which didnt offer hardware acceleration other than full screen on any platform and was clearly less efficient than the HTML5-based approach Apple adopted. Now that Adobe has proven the concept on Windows, perhaps Apple will cooperate with Adobe to make hardware acceleration on the Mac, iPad and future devices happen. If they choose not to, however, they should quit pointing fingers at Flash.

    What else? We also learned that not all HTML5 browsers/H.264 decoders are created equal. Significantly, with Flash 10.1 deployed, Googles HTML5 implementation required the most CPU horsepower of all playback scenarios — by far — on the Windows platform. On the Mac, Firefox and Safari with Flash required less CPU horsepower than Chromes HTML5 implementation.At least from a CPU utilization perspective, Flash isnt BAD and HTML5 isnt GOOD. It all depends upon the platform and implementation

    • joly 10:48 pm on 02/27/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Arstechnica notes that Jan Ozer has also done a Ogg Theora vs. H.264: head to head comparison

    • Rogelio Chipps 2:28 am on 11/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod’s. It works well, but isn’t as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that’s not an issue, but if you’re planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod’s larger screen and better browser may be important.. I’m currently working on Fishbone Diagram project.

  • joly 3:19 pm on 02/09/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The Internet Revealed – Version 2.0 

    After a showing an initial cut at RIPE59 last year Euro-IX has released a slightly improved version of their “Internet Revealed” short educational film about Internet Exchanges. The Closed Captions may be switched on for several foreign languages.

  • joly 4:59 pm on 01/10/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    OpenShot Video Editor 1.0 released: (Non-linear video editor for Linux) 

    After 15 months of development, version 1.0 of OpenShot Video Editor has been officially released! OpenShot is a free, non-linear video editor for Linux. More info.

  • joly 11:37 am on 01/07/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: Matt Mullenweg Fireside Chat — School of Visual Arts 

    On his recent visit to NYC Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic and WordPress, talks at SVA about the universals he’s learned in starting WordPress:

    “A universal I’ve found is that the more I’ve given away, the more I’ve gotten back.”

  • joly 12:09 pm on 12/23/2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Lynn St Amour @ ITU – ICT Qatar interview 

  • joly 8:24 am on 12/08/2009 Permalink | Reply
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