Thursday, April 28, 2016

DARPA Is Looking for the Perfect Encryption App, and It's Willing to Pay

Motherboard (04/22/16) Franceschi-Bicchierai, Lorenzo 

The Pentagon's blue-sky research program is looking for someone to create the ultimate hacker-proof messaging app. The "secure messaging and transaction platform" would use the standard encryption and security features of current messaging apps such as Signal, but also would use a decentralized Blockchain-like backbone structure that would be more resilient to surveillance and cyberattacks. The goal of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is "a secure messaging system that can provide repudiation or deniability, perfect forward and backward secrecy, time to live/self delete for messages, one-time eyes-only messages, a decentralized infrastructure to be resilient to cyberattacks, and ease of use for individuals in less than ideal situations," according to a recent notice for proposals. DARPA wants "a public wall anyone can monitor or post messages on, but only correct people can decrypt," says Frederic Jacobs, an independent security researcher. He notes one problem with this approach is the structure would have higher latency and be harder to deploy at scale. DARPA's effort also suggests the rise of encryption apps is inevitable.


Announcing OpenIoT Summit Europe, alongside ELC Europe - October 11-13, Berlin



Join 800+ developers and engineers for education and collaboration around Embedded Linux and the open IoT ecosystem

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The longstanding Embedded Linux Conference is the preeminent space for kernel developers, system developers and user space developers to gather along with product vendors for collaboration and education in embedded Linux.

The dates of ELC Europe 2016 have changed to October 11-13 to accommodate the co-location of the OpenIoT Summit again this year.

The new OpenIoT Summit is the only IoT event focused on IoT development - on devices and in the cloud. It serves the unique needs of system architects, firmware developers, software developers and application developers in the emerging IoT ecosystem.

Combined, the events will feature 100+ conference sessions, keynotes, BoFs and tutorials. We invite you to register or submit a proposal to speak at one of the events! The deadline to submit your proposal is June 17th, 2016.

ELC-E is calling for proposals for session topics such as:
  • Audio, Video, Streaming Media and Graphics
  • Security
  • System Size, Boot Speed
  • Real-Time Linux - Performance, Tuning and Mainlining
  • SDKs for Embedded Products
  • Flash Memory Devices and Filesystems
  • Build Systems, Embedded Distributions and Development Tools
  • Mobile Phones, DVRs, TV, Cameras, etc.
  • Use of Linux in Automotive
  • Drones and Robots
  • Linux in the Internet of Things
  • Practical Experiences and War Stories
  • Standards

OpenIoT Summit is calling for proposals for session topics such as:
  • Designing and building end to end solutions
  • Device, User and Service Provisioning
  • End to End Security
  • Frameworks, Standards and Interoperability
  • IoT System Architectures
  • Standards
  • Connecting to the Cloud
  • Getting to Scale
  • Management, Service and Support
  • Bridging open IoT with legacy systems
  • Addressing the special needs of verticals: Industrial, Automotive, Drones, Medical, and Consumer

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Open source alternatives to Google Reader

How to automate your home with openHAB

OpenHAB is an open source automation platform designed to use a pluggable architecture, which means that new devices and protocols can be added easily. This pluggability extends also to the persistence layer, so your system can maintain its state information on your choice of platform

Friday, April 22, 2016

For A Free Digital Society - Richard M. Stallman


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

​Microsoft and Canonical partner to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10 | ZDNet

According to sources at Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, and Microsoft, you'll soon be able to run Ubuntu on Windows 10.
This will be more than just running the Bash shell on Windows 10. After all, thanks to programs such as Cygwin or MSYS utilities, hardcore Unix users have long been able to run the popular Bash command line interface (CLI) on Windows.
With this new addition, Ubuntu users will be able to run Ubuntu simultaneously with Windows. This will not be in a virtual machine, but as an integrated part of Windows 10.