From Watergate to WikiLeaks: Nieman conference on secrecy and journalism

first_imgOn Dec. 16, 2010, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard will host a one-day conference “From Watergate to WikiLeaks: Journalism and Secrecy in the New Media Age.”The WikiLeaks Iraq and Afghanistan war logs—and now the roll out of diplomatic cables—are having an enormous impact on journalism.At this conference, the Nieman Foundation will take a leadership role in convening a group of reporters and editors along with other watchdog experts. The event will explore how secrets are investigated, shared and filtered (or not) in an era of self-publishing, online whistle-blowing, data mining and social media websites. It will discuss journalism’s role—what it traditionally has been and what it can or should be in this new environment.Visit the conference website for more information and to RSVP (required for attendance). Those who are unable to attend may follow the sessions through online videos and blogs and on Twitter (hashtag #niemanLeaks). Edited video and transcripts will be available in the weeks following the event.A quick overview of the program: Kathleen Carroll, executive editor at The Associated Press, will talk about the challenges to advancing freedom of information in the digital marketplace.Bill Keller, executive editor at The New York Times, will share his observations and reflections on the ongoing collaboration between The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel and WikiLeaks.Walter Pincus (intelligence and national security reporter, The Washington Post), Danielle Brian (executive director, Project on Government Oversight), Clint Hendler (staff writer, Columbia Journalism Review) and Maggie Mulvihill (senior investigative producer, New England Center for Investigative Reporting) will discuss how they navigate new rules and new roles in the age of radical transparency.Stefan Candea (co-founder, Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism), Alejandra Matus (freelance journalist, Chile), Rob Rose (business investigations reporter, Sunday Times, South Africa) and Kevin Doyle (editor-in-chief, The Cambodia Daily) – all recent Nieman Fellows – will share their experiences pushing for accountability in countries were media repression is the norm.And under the headline “Secrets 2.0”, Ellen Miller (Executive Director and Co-Founder, Sunlight Foundation), Teru Kuwayama (founder, Basetrack), David Kaplan (Director, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists), Aron Pilhofer (co-founder, Document Cloud and editor, interactive news technologies, The New York Times) and John Bohannon (contributing correspondent, Science Magazine) will present their innovative answers to journalistic obligations.Learn more.last_img read more

Testing and Validation – The Secret Sauce of True Convergence

first_imgIn early 2011, a colleague and I published a book called Enterprise Network Testing.  We were both working for the Cisco Performance and Validation Testing Services team.  We never believed the topic would be a gripping page-turner for readers, but we had several customers – working for some of the world’s largest companies – ask us for advice on how to do systems testing in their complex environments.A few years have passed and now I work at VCE, but the importance of systems testing has not diminished. In fact, I believe that testing is a big part of the “secret sauce” that makes the Vblock System such a successful product. The VCE Release Certification Matrix (RCM) is published regularly to document software versions that have been fully tested and verified for Vblock Systems, and it’s our way of keeping track of all the updates VCE investor partners make to their various products that are included in Vblock Systems.  The RCM is the result of thousands of engineering man-hours and it saves VCE customers time and money while improving availability during the patch management process.In order to understand why VCE pre-integrates, pre-tests and pre-validates every Vblock System, we need to compare component or software testing to full-system testing and certification.Component testing makes sure that an individual component works as expected. For example, when the code on a single Cisco Nexus 5500 is upgraded, engineers may ask, “Can I still connect to it?” or “Does it still pass traffic?” These questions are important and valid for component testing.However, let’s look at how that same validation test would work when we add a second Nexus 5500, a pair of Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects, some upstream switches, a large number of VLANs and typical IP traffic loads. All of a sudden the testing is much more complex and also much more valid for a real-world use case, especially when you add in the EMC and VMware components that complete a Vblock System, which all need to work together seamlessly.The VCE RCM validates dozens of different hardware and software components to work together.  This includes the software/firmware of Cisco UCS and all of its parts (CNAs, FIs, BIOS, UCSM, etc.) as well as the Cisco network software, the EMC storage firmware, backup software and hardware, the VMware virtualization software and many other integrations. There are numerous Vblock System configurations that can be manufactured for a customer.Testing all of the components in this complex system together, and certifying that they will all work together seamlessly, is not an easy task.  We dedicate a lot of hardware, test tools, engineering time and expertise to this endeavor so that our customers don’t have to do it themselves – this is a key differentiator for VCE as it removes what otherwise would be a complex infrastructure maintenance process.As part of the RCM process, VCE also does testing for integrating new hardware and software features from Cisco, EMC and VMware in order to make our customers more agile when deploying them into their Vblock Systems.Along with validating that the Vblock System will perform as expected, the Release Certification Matrix can also be used as a troubleshooting tool to increase Vblock System uptime, as described by Greg Lyon in his recent blog post: Beat the Clock.Today’s IT organizations spend a big part of their budgets and time on “keeping the lights on” in their data centers. Leveraging the work that goes into the VCE RCM can save VCE customers money and time so they can shift their focus away from basic maintenance toward innovation that drives business value for their organizations, and they don’t even need to buy a book about testing to do it.last_img read more

Future Farmstead

first_imgThe Future Farmstead, a model home for energy-efficient housing, was on display Wednesday, Oct. 14, as part of a dedication ceremony on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus.“This is a culmination of very hard work from a number of people, certainly being led by Dr. Craig Kvien – a dreamer who makes things happen. It’s a test bed for technology and a great example of what’s out there for home builders, farmers and people interested in a sustainable lifestyle,” said Joe West, UGA Tifton Campus assistant dean. “It’s very rewarding to see it finished and to see it put into use.”West and Josef Broder, interim dean of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, as well as state political leaders, were on hand to witness the dedication of this one-of-a-kind, futuristic house. Kvien, a UGA Tifton Campus professor, helped design and construct the farmstead from its inception.“The farmstead incorporates many examples of UGA’s leadership in research, Extension and teaching. It is a very special place,” Kvien said. “Students are living in the house, aiding in the collection of data, giving tours and helping the house stay on the cutting edge of technology.”The farmstead houses innovative technologies from more than 40 companies. Recycled blue jeans and closed-cell foam help insulate the 4,000-square-foot house. Solar panels harness and convert the sun’s natural energy. Electrical use is surveyed through a home-based monitoring and control system.“The Future Farmstead, even though it’s the farmstead of the present, is really as futuristic as we can get right now. That’s the neat thing about it. It will continue to evolve as we go forward. Dr. Kvien has constructed it so that we can put in new technology, new sensing capabilities, things of that nature,” West said. “We’ve actually got a piece of the future right here, starting today.”The Future Farmstead dedication included short remarks from noted political figures, including U.S. Rep. Austin Scott and Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, and Jay Short, president of Short and Paulk Supply Company and a UGA CAES alumnus. Georgia Rep. and UGA CAES alumnus Sam Watson was slated to attend but was unable to due to farm business. “Sam’s also a farmer and he had 3 semi-trucks lined up and they were busy picking squash. And that pays the bills,” said Black as he shared Watson’s regrets for not attending the event.During this remarks, Black cited the farm’s innovativeness and praised UGA and the farmstead team.“Planning for future needs, preparing for future challenges and taking advantage of the latest technology is critical to success in any industry, and agribusiness is no exception,” Black said. “However, it is even more imperative for the agricultural community because so many lives are dependent upon the very nature of our business—growing food. We already know the immense challenge that lies before us.”Studies show that food production will have to increase 70 percent by 2050 to meet global demand, he said. “It is through innovative ideas and bold action, such as the Future Farmstead project, that we will overcome this challenge and do so responsibly,” Black said.Black was especially complimentary of the edible landscape, which consists of seedless lemon and tangerine trees, developed by UGA plant breeding teams, a small vegetable garden and an aquaponics system. The system, a combination of fish and plant production, should generate enough food to feed a small family.“I am proud of the proactive nature of UGA’s Future Farmstead team as well as its progressive response to farming challenges. I look forward to seeing the fruits that this project will bear,” Black said. “Just 61 years ago in Tifton County was the first year there were more tractors than mules in the fields, and today we are talking about net zero homes.”last_img read more

Rooney Honoured to Equal Bobby Charlton Goals Record

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has said that he is “honoured” to be level with Sir Bobby Charlton as the club’s all-time leading goalscorer – but wants to break the record soon.His FA Cup strike against Reading took Rooney, 31, to 249 goals in 543 games, reaching the landmark 215 matches and four seasons quicker than Charlton.“It’s a proud moment,” he said.“We’ve got two home games coming up this week so hopefully I can get the next one in one of those.”United plays Hull City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Tuesday (20:00 GMT kick-off), before taking on Liverpool in the Premier League at 16:00 on January 15.“This club is a huge part of my life and I’m honoured to be up there alongside Sir Bobby,” said Rooney after Saturday’s 4-0 win over the Royals at Old Trafford.United manager Jose Mourinho said: “A more special day will arrive. It was great but I want one more goal. He is an amazing guy in the group and we all want him to do it. To have Wayne as the top scorer in a club like this is magnificent for him.”Reading boss Jaap Stam, who played 127 times for United, added: “Wayne has been a great player from the beginning. He is a player who works very hard for the team and you could see that in the game. With the quality he has as an individual and the quality players he is playing with, it makes him an outstanding player.“It is not surprising he has scored this many goals. Even when they are 4-0 up, he is still sprinting and running for the ball.”In 2015, Rooney surpassed World Cup winner Charlton’s England scoring record of 49 goals and has since taken his international tally to 53.The United landmark comes during a season in which the England captain has been left out of the starting line-up for both club and country, his record-equalling goal being just his fourth of the campaign.Former United manager David Moyes, now at Sunderland, added: “First of all it’s congratulations. To even get mentioned in the same breath as Sir Bobby Charlton, who for so many people is a great for what he did with England and Manchester United, is an achievement.“You have to give Wayne Rooney credit for the limelight he has had to work under and the pressure people continually put on him.“He has had a great career. It comes to an end at some time in football and sometimes you drop off a little bit but Wayne was always going to break the records in my eyes. The times I have worked with him he was always very good. A great player, a great trainer and someone who always wanted to go about his business well.”The signs were there from the very start that Rooney’s could be a stellar Old Trafford career.In his first game following a £27m move from Everton in 2004, he scored a hat-trick against Fenerbahce in a 6-2 Champions League win.He has not looked back since, reaching double figures in every season at the club, including a career-high 34 in all competitions in 2009-10 and 2011-12.last_img read more