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Top IT vendors reveal their IoT strategies (Network World)

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grab headlines—as well as the attention of IT vendors looking to tap into the growing market for IoT-related products and services. Cisco, IBM, HP, Intel, Microsoft argue that the Internet of Things is mainstream today.

Not surprisingly, vendors are taking varied approaches to IoT, based on their own strengths. “The big vendors generally understand the importance of building interoperable platforms and they are helping lead this development,” says Daniel Castro, senior analyst at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a research and educational institute.    Read More

Cisco's Padmasree Warrior Briefs Hill Staff on Internet of Everything

On June 5, 2014, CPPI hosted a roundtable on the Internet of Everything with Cisco's Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) on Capitol Hill. Warrior disussed how the next era of the Internet will impact a variety of sectors including healthcare, education, and agriculture.
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Center for Public Policy Innovation Hosts Congressional Site Visit of FireEye & Symantec

On May 28, 2014, the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) hosted a bipartisan Congressional tour of two leading cybersecurity companies in Northern Virginia - FireEye and Symantec. Congressmen Ted Deutch (D-FL-21); Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27); Tom Marino (R-PA-10); and Jared Polis (D-CO-2) had a chance to meet with top industry cyber experts to better understand vulnerabilities and methods of deterrence.     Read More

Wearable to Aware-able: Contact, Connection, Context (Cisco Blog, Dave Evans)

Since the dawn of time, humans have been motivated by an innate desire to be connected to each other and to information. Today, we are seeing this need satisfied as the Internet of Everything (IoE) evolves to connect more people, process, data and things than ever before. An essential part of the growth of the Internet of Everything will depend on how mobile devices, connected things and wearable technology adapts and develops to become more aware and intelligent.    Read More

Demonstrators checked their cellphones on Nathan Road, a major route through Kowloon, on Monday.Credit Alex Ogle/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Hong Kong Protesters Flock to Off-Grid Messaging App (New York Times)

September 30, 2014

Amid swelling pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, protesters are turning to FireChat, a new app that allows them to send messages without a cellular or Internet connection.

Set off against a fresh wave of censorship by Beijing to ensure that potentially destabilizing images of the protests do not enter the mainland, the app is a testament to how technology constantly challenges tried forms of blocking information online.

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