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International News from IFIP

Elizabeth Eastwood, NZ Representative to IFIP. 09 June 2016, 2:12 pm
International News from IFIP

IITP has been profiling some of the international bodies doing some great things for the IT profession, and explaining how New Zealand's tech community can engage. This month we have more news from IFIP, the international federation of national tech professional bodies like IITP, and have asked New Zealand's IFIP representative, Elizabeth Eastwood, to give us an update.

First, let's get the acronyms under control. 

"IFIP" stands for the International Federation of Information Processing.

"WSIS" is the World Summit on the Information Society, held annually.

"ITU" is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies . This body allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strives to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. ITU is committed to connecting all the world's people.

Now I can draw your attention to a few of the initiatives driven by IFIP every month, 


1. ITU recognises IFIP as WSIS Champion for its Global Industry Council Initiative

IFIP has been honoured by the ITU with a WSIS Champion Award for its initiative in establishing the Global Industry Council to help drive standards in ICT professionalism and add social value for communities.


2. Global security and privacy experts converge to address cybersecurity

IFIP's Technical Committee 11 hosted this critical event in Belgium last week and the keynote speaker, Professor Preneel, had some strong messages:

"In light of so much evidence that systems are less secure than previously believed, we should stop centralising data and use other techniques to integrate data as needed for specific projects.

"Data should be stored locally. We have evolved to mass data for efficiency and convenience but we're not able to protect it."

"I'm a big advocate of transparency, but today big organisations are not transparent; users are transparent. It should be the other way around. We need organisations to be open in their dealings with the community while the privacy of individuals should be protected."


3. IFIP's 2016 world conference aligns speakers to UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

The World Information Technology Form (WITFOR) is organised by IFIP to explore ways to use technology to assist developing nations. The 2016 conference will focus on the UN's sustainable development goals, led by keynote speakers who not ICT specialists - they are prominent humanitarian experts. The challenging theme is "ICT for Promoting Human Development and Protecting the Environment".

For more initiatives take a look at the Insights page here

Elizabeth Eastwood is New Zealand's representative to IFIP, via the Institute of IT Professionals NZ.


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