‘Digital Peace Now’ launches this weekend – Microsoft on the Issues

This Saturday, 60,000-plus people will be converging on New York’s Central Park for the seventh Global Citizen Festival, a marquee gathering for worldwide changemaking and social good.

Microsoft will be there, on stage, as a partner to Global Citizen. We’re excited to announce that this year’s festival is going to be the launchpad for Digital Peace Now, a campaign to encourage world leaders to achieve digital peace.

The world’s digital citizens, and the digital world in which we all participate, have to be protected.  You can help by joining the Digital Peace Now movement.

This is the time, this is the moment, when we must take action to protect the digital world where we live, work and learn. Last year, close to a billion people were victims of a cyberattack or digital crime. But if you haven’t fallen victim to a digital attack yet, you probably know a victim. New research, being announced today, shows people like you are concerned and want to take action.

We know that nation-states are behind the worst digital attacks against both innocent people and the infrastructure that underpins societies – energy, transportation, health care, food and water. A peaceful digital global society is something truly worth fighting to achieve. Not least because virtually every digital attack ripples beyond its intended target and harms the lives of innocent citizens.

For example, the 2017 “WannaCry” attack – a true wake-up call – tore through cyberspace, hijacking more than 300,000 computers across 150 countries, including computers used by families, hospitals, governments and businesses. WannaCry was followed closely by “NotPetya,” an attack estimated to have caused $10 billion in damage ranging far beyond the initial targets in Ukraine.

WannaCry and NotPetya were our wake-up moments; they raised an alarm: if we don’t act now, global cyberattacks will continue to inflict grave economic harm and risk human lives and well-being.

At Microsoft, we are fighting to prevent digital attacks. We are not alone; others in industry and government have joined us in this fight. Now we need to amplify the voice of the people who cherish all that the digital world has given us – the digital citizens – all of you – who can make a difference by acting now to tell those in power that we want and demand digital peace.

So, we invite you to join the Global Citizen webcast this Saturday for the annual Global Citizen Festival.

Digital Peace Now is going to be all about people – people banding together in one collective voice to tell their world leaders that the internet must be a peaceful, shared community. Not a battlefield.

Also on Saturday, we’ll be launching the Digital Peace Now Petition and urging everyone – including anybody reading this – to head to digitalpeacenow.org and sign the petition:

We, as Digital Citizens, will not stand by silently as governments weaponize our shared online community — endangering individuals, organizations, and entire countries. In our digital world we create, connect, express ourselves and improve our lives and the lives of others.  Our online community must not be a battlefield. We demand Digital Peace.

Together, we will use our voices and our votes to defend the global digital society on which we depend. Our world leaders must act now to protect us.

There is no peace without Digital Peace.

The effort to achieve Digital Peace cannot be done by any company acting alone. We’re proud to launch this initiative with the founding members of the Digital Peace Campaign Advisory Board – ICT4Peace, Civicus and Observer Research Foundation. Achieving digital peace also must involve a coalition of governments, nonprofits, industry leaders, civil-society entities and global organizations. But most importantly, we need people like you to stand against those that endanger digital peace.

We all are digital citizens. We demand digital peace. Join us.

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Global Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018: The value of context

Would you recognize an elephant if it was in your living room? The short answer: Of course you would, but AI programs can’t. And it’s not for a lack of inherent intelligence; it’s from a lack of context.

AI can recognize an animal and shapes, but it would not be able to recognize that an elephant is in a bedroom and outside of its typical habitat.

These complications were a recurring theme at the Global Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018 in Boston this week: Technology cannot be developed in a vacuum. And when developing and implementing AI, it’s important to give the technology — and ourselves — context of use.

“We really ought to help organizations learn and get better at using these systems [that are] so sensitive and responsive to biases. It’s about organization and ability to learn and use data,” tech analyst Joe Barkai said.

The risks of discriminatory intelligence

Presenters at the conference noted that AI itself must be supplied with context and be developed with the idea that AI exists in a human-centric society that influences the way it’s programmed.

Consultant, author and speaker Joe Barkai presents at the Global Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018
Consultant, author and speaker Joe Barkai presents at the Global Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018

Barkai cited a study by Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney, –the “Discrimination in Online Ad Delivery Project,” which found “statistically significant discrimination” in online advertisements.

“The AI algorithms are extremely sensitive to what’s in the data; they are very sensitive to the biases in the data,” Barkai said. “Society is biased. Therefore, data is biased. And, therefore, machine-making algorithms are biased.”

Barkai said developers should either recognize that the data will be flawed and correct for that, or take the output data with a grain of salt. They should recognize that biased input will create biased output and be transparent when releasing the information about the potential discriminatory flaws in AI.

How to deliver the most value

When AI is developed out of context, it can become obsolete immediately. Barkai pointed to when AI was first developed to replace a motor in a starter jet. Because the developers of the robotic assistance didn’t supply context — intelligence of the mechanic team and processes of a mechanic’s work — the AI only assisted in simple tasks and ended up making the existing motor-replacement process even more difficult, Barkai said.

“Our relationship to AI demonstrates huge insensitivity to needs and work environment,” he added.

Society is biased. Therefore, data is biased. And, therefore, machine-making algorithms are biased.
Joe Barkaiconsultant, author and speaker

Michael Roytman, chief data scientist at Kenna Security, based in San Francisco, discussed how the implementation of AI in a security setting can gauge the real value of predictive analytics. However, while advanced AI algorithms can detect vulnerabilities, it still needs to work alongside humans to be programmed for maximum efficiency.

“Attackers are about 60 to 80 days out from the vulnerability being discovered to using it for attack,” Rotyman said.

If the rate of exploitation and rate of remediation is the same — 60 to 90 days — companies are essentially just treading water, he added.

With only roughly 2% of all vulnerabilities successfully exploited, Rotyman suggested implementing a smarter and more context-driven AI system with technology that can identify the vulnerability and assess its potential exploitation. When a new vulnerability is discovered, an AI system developed with context can evaluate risk and determine whether businesses should view this new vulnerability as a severe, moderate or mild threat.

Looking to the future

Barkai and Rotyman both stated that when implementing AI in the workplace, companies should consider the needs of workers first and choose the AI tech that will best bridge the gap between human and automated workers.

In addition to integrating context in AI design, there are ethical issues, as well, including IT workers’ well-documented fears about AI taking over their jobs or making them harder.

“We need ethical considerations. We have to have open dialogue — AI can’t be something that developers just do a lab,” Barkai said.

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‘Digital Peace Now’ launches this weekend – Microsoft on the Issues

This Saturday, 60,000-plus people will be converging on New York’s Central Park for the seventh Global Citizen Festival, a marquee gathering for worldwide changemaking and social good.

Microsoft will be there, on stage, as a partner to Global Citizen. We’re excited to announce that this year’s festival is going to be the launchpad for Digital Peace Now, a campaign to encourage world leaders to achieve digital peace.

The world’s digital citizens, and the digital world in which we all participate, have to be protected.  You can help by joining the Digital Peace Now movement.

This is the time, this is the moment, when we must take action to protect the digital world where we live, work and learn. Last year, close to a billion people were victims of a cyberattack or digital crime. But if you haven’t fallen victim to a digital attack yet, you probably know a victim. New research, being announced today, shows people like you are concerned and want to take action.

We know that nation-states are behind the worst digital attacks against both innocent people and the infrastructure that underpins societies – energy, transportation, health care, food and water. A peaceful digital global society is something truly worth fighting to achieve. Not least because virtually every digital attack ripples beyond its intended target and harms the lives of innocent citizens.

For example, the 2017 “WannaCry” attack – a true wake-up call – tore through cyberspace, hijacking more than 300,000 computers across 150 countries, including computers used by families, hospitals, governments and businesses. WannaCry was followed closely by “NotPetya,” an attack estimated to have caused $10 billion in damage ranging far beyond the initial targets in Ukraine.

WannaCry and NotPetya were our wake-up moments; they raised an alarm: if we don’t act now, global cyberattacks will continue to inflict grave economic harm and risk human lives and well-being.

At Microsoft, we are fighting to prevent digital attacks. We are not alone; others in industry and government have joined us in this fight. Now we need to amplify the voice of the people who cherish all that the digital world has given us – the digital citizens – all of you – who can make a difference by acting now to tell those in power that we want and demand digital peace.

So, we invite you to join the Global Citizen webcast this Saturday for the annual Global Citizen Festival.

Digital Peace Now is going to be all about people – people banding together in one collective voice to tell their world leaders that the internet must be a peaceful, shared community. Not a battlefield.

Also on Saturday, we’ll be launching the Digital Peace Now Petition and urging everyone – including anybody reading this – to head to digitalpeacenow.org and sign the petition:

We, as Digital Citizens, will not stand by silently as governments weaponize our shared online community — endangering individuals, organizations, and entire countries. In our digital world we create, connect, express ourselves and improve our lives and the lives of others.  Our online community must not be a battlefield. We demand Digital Peace.

Together, we will use our voices and our votes to defend the global digital society on which we depend. Our world leaders must act now to protect us.

There is no peace without Digital Peace.

The effort to achieve Digital Peace cannot be done by any company acting alone. We’re proud to launch this initiative with the founding members of the Digital Peace Campaign Advisory Board – ICT4Peace, Civicus and Observer Research Foundation. Achieving digital peace also must involve a coalition of governments, nonprofits, industry leaders, civil-society entities and global organizations. But most importantly, we need people like you to stand against those that endanger digital peace.

We all are digital citizens. We demand digital peace. Join us.

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Slack acquires Astro for email AI interoperability

Slack has acquired Astro, which provides email AI and calendar apps, to support email interoperability with its team collaboration platform.

While San Francisco-based Slack currently allows users to integrate email within the application, it is looking to simplify the experience. Astro’s platform includes email AI capabilities, such as inbox prioritization, calendar reminders and inbox cleanup. Astro, based in Palo Alto, Calif., also offers a Slack integration with Astrobot, a chatbot that allows users to check their email and calendar directly from Slack.

The integration of Astro capabilities will allow Slack channels and email AI to work together to create a more streamlined experience that includes prioritizing important email messages and eliminating inbox clutter from within Slack channels. By encouraging users to shift email communications into a channel, Slack aims to enhance communications and productivity by putting all team communications in one place.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and Slack has not announced when it will be rolling out interoperability features. Astro will shut down its services on iOS, Android, Amazon Alexa, Slack, Office 365 and Gmail on Oct. 10.

CounterPath launches team collaboration service

Voice-over-IP service provider CounterPath launched Bria Teams, a team collaboration product for small and midsize businesses. The cloud-based platform offers tools such as secure team messaging, HD voice and video calling, screen sharing and file transfers.

Tim Gelardi, analyst at MZA, based in the U.K., said in a statement that the team collaboration market has seen strong growth in terms of revenue and users over the past year.

“The key driver is organizations looking to consolidate their communications tools, creating a single point of access for a number of tools and services,” he said.

CounterPath, based in Vancouver, B.C., is seeking to bridge the gap for team communications and collaboration tools between desktop and mobile. Bria Teams allows an individual user to screen-share on up to three devices.

The team collaboration platform can also help organizations cut costs by using existing infrastructure, and it integrates with any PBX or VoIP service. To meet security requirements for its users, the platform includes built-in audio and media encryption.

Bria Teams will minimize the need for IT management through a single admin portal for setup and user management. The platform offers existing CounterPath customers a more cohesive collaboration experience, as well as new SMB users entering the unified communications market. Bria Teams is offered as a monthly subscription at $5.95 per user or an annual subscription of $47.40 per user.

Salesforce introduces voice-driven CRM with Einstein Voice

With the popularity of voice interfaces in the consumer market, Salesforce is taking aim at bringing the power of voice to customer relationship management (CRM) with the announcement of the Einstein Voice platform.

The voice platform, which is based on Salesforce’s Einstein AI platform, will use the same principles as consumer voice interfaces by allowing users to interact with Salesforce with verbal commands. Users can dictate commands, such as updating records or notifying team members, to Einstein Voice using the Salesforce mobile app.

The platform can also be customized to give personalized readouts of Salesforce metrics, allowing admins to pick and choose which dashboards and information they feel is most relevant to driving their business.

The Einstein Voice platform also allows admins to build their own voice bots for employee and customer interactions. The bots can be customized to match corporate branding and connect to Salesforce CRM data.

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‘Digital Peace Now’ launches this weekend – Microsoft on the Issues

This Saturday, 60,000-plus people will be converging on New York’s Central Park for the seventh Global Citizen Festival, a marquee gathering for worldwide changemaking and social good.

Microsoft will be there, on stage, as a partner to Global Citizen. We’re excited to announce that this year’s festival is going to be the launchpad for Digital Peace Now, a campaign to encourage world leaders to achieve digital peace.

The world’s digital citizens, and the digital world in which we all participate, have to be protected.  You can help by joining the Digital Peace Now movement.

This is the time, this is the moment, when we must take action to protect the digital world where we live, work and learn. Last year, close to a billion people were victims of a cyberattack or digital crime. But if you haven’t fallen victim to a digital attack yet, you probably know a victim. New research, being announced today, shows people like you are concerned and want to take action.

We know that nation-states are behind the worst digital attacks against both innocent people and the infrastructure that underpins societies – energy, transportation, health care, food and water. A peaceful digital global society is something truly worth fighting to achieve. Not least because virtually every digital attack ripples beyond its intended target and harms the lives of innocent citizens.

For example, the 2017 “WannaCry” attack – a true wake-up call – tore through cyberspace, hijacking more than 300,000 computers across 150 countries, including computers used by families, hospitals, governments and businesses. WannaCry was followed closely by “NotPetya,” an attack estimated to have caused $10 billion in damage ranging far beyond the initial targets in Ukraine.

WannaCry and NotPetya were our wake-up moments; they raised an alarm: if we don’t act now, global cyberattacks will continue to inflict grave economic harm and risk human lives and well-being.

At Microsoft, we are fighting to prevent digital attacks. We are not alone; others in industry and government have joined us in this fight. Now we need to amplify the voice of the people who cherish all that the digital world has given us – the digital citizens – all of you – who can make a difference by acting now to tell those in power that we want and demand digital peace.

So, we invite you to join the Global Citizen webcast this Saturday for the annual Global Citizen Festival.

Digital Peace Now is going to be all about people – people banding together in one collective voice to tell their world leaders that the internet must be a peaceful, shared community. Not a battlefield.

Also on Saturday, we’ll be launching the Digital Peace Now Petition and urging everyone – including anybody reading this – to head to digitalpeacenow.org and sign the petition:

We, as Digital Citizens, will not stand by silently as governments weaponize our shared online community — endangering individuals, organizations, and entire countries. In our digital world we create, connect, express ourselves and improve our lives and the lives of others.  Our online community must not be a battlefield. We demand Digital Peace.

Together, we will use our voices and our votes to defend the global digital society on which we depend. Our world leaders must act now to protect us.

There is no peace without Digital Peace.

The effort to achieve Digital Peace cannot be done by any company acting alone. We’re proud to launch this initiative with the founding members of the Digital Peace Campaign Advisory Board – ICT4Peace, Civicus and Observer Research Foundation. Achieving digital peace also must involve a coalition of governments, nonprofits, industry leaders, civil-society entities and global organizations. But most importantly, we need people like you to stand against those that endanger digital peace.

We all are digital citizens. We demand digital peace. Join us.

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Microsoft Teams migration supported by partner services

New Microsoft partner products aim to help organizations transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. A handful of products are especially focused on Teams meetings and monitoring Teams performance.

This week, at the Microsoft Ignite customer conference, Microsoft partners introduced a range of services and devices that might help organizations as they make their Microsoft Teams migration. According to Microsoft, 329,000 companies are using Teams, an increase from 200,000 in March.

“If you’re an Office 365 customer, Teams is indeed in your future one way or another,” said industry analyst Dave Michels in an on-site video from Ignite.

Microsoft has started to aggressively guide customers to cloud-based Teams by preparing a hybrid Skype for Business and preventing small businesses from signing up for cloud-based Skype. 

Monitoring Teams telephony performance

The transition to Teams will be painful, Michels said. Skype for Business and Teams don’t exactly have feature parity, particularly around telephony. Microsoft partners, however, have introduced services that could help organizations monitor and manage performance amid a Microsoft Teams migration.

Unify Square, for example, introduced reporting software that lets IT compare voice quality between on-premises Skype for Business and cloud-based Teams pilots. The software is part of Unify Square’s PowerSuite monitoring and management service.

The software allows IT to identify, track and troubleshoot call quality across the Microsoft environment as organizations test new Teams deployments. New features added to the PowerSuite software include improved team collaboration analytics, Teams provisioning and tracking dashboards. Earlier this year, Unify Square, based in Bellevue, Wash., rolled out consulting, managed service and software offerings to support Microsoft Teams migrations.

In addition, AudioCodes announced voice-quality monitoring for Teams facilitated by session border controllers (SBCs) and AudioCodes One Voice Operations Center. The monitoring service is part of the vendor’s One Voice Microsoft 365 portfolio.

The service includes direct routing that connects the AudioCodes SBCs to Teams front-end servers, providing end-to-end visibility into Teams calls. Direct routing allows organizations to use their existing telephony infrastructure with Teams for calling.

Call quality information can be extracted from Microsoft reports and combined with parameters collected from session initiation protocol (SIP) trunks. The information is reported to the One Voice Operations Center network and monitoring tool for analysis to identify trends and troubleshoot issues.

Israel-based AudioCodes also plans to support the Microsoft Events Hub API, which will add support for quality monitoring of calls between individual Teams clients.

Boosting Microsoft Teams meeting support

Crestron and Yealink introduced audio and video devices that support current Skype for Business deployments, but can be updated during a Microsoft Teams migration. Crestron, based in Rockleigh, N.J., launched the Crestron Flex portfolio, which includes desk phones and meeting room hardware.

The Flex P100 series VoIP desk phones offer a Microsoft Teams user interface and uses Cortana AI skills for specific tasks. The phones include a touchscreen for calendar and contacts. The Flex B100 is a wall-mounted bar with a camera and microphone. It pairs with a touchscreen and supports Skype for Business and Teams deployments. The Flex M100 series is a tabletop device that supports audio calling, video conferencing and presentation using Skype for Business and Teams software. The Crestron Flex portfolio is deployed from Crestron’s XiO cloud platform.

Yealink launched audio and video devices to support a Microsoft Teams migration through a firmware update. The audio devices include desk phones and conference phones for small-to-large meeting rooms. The desk phones have pre-installed Skype for Business firmware and range from basic SIP-phones to smart desk phones with touchscreens.

China-based Yealink also introduced video hardware that supports Skype for Business and will offer Teams support in 2019. The VC200 is a video conferencing endpoint for small meeting rooms. The device includes a built-in 4K camera, microphone, codec and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support for wireless content sharing.

Yealink introduced two Skype Room Systems devices that will launch in 2019: the MVC500 for small rooms and the MVC800 for mid-to-large rooms. Both endpoints include a camera, microphone, touch-enabled console and wireless content sharing in a Microsoft Teams interface.

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Linux Foundation drives VNF migration to cloud-native functions

The Linux Foundation is stoking the fire to spur an evolution from virtual network functions to so-called cloud-native network functions.

In one of several announcements during the Open Networking Summit in Amsterdam this week, The Linux Foundation said it is working with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to better support this virtual network function (VNF) migration to cloud-native network functions. One example the foundation cited was running network functions on Kubernetes container instances.

Network functions traditionally run on physical appliances within the network. With the emergence of VNFs, service providers gained the option to move traditional network functions to virtual machines that could run in a virtualized environment.

But VNFs have proved to be more challenging than most service providers expected, according to Lee Doyle, principal analyst at Doyle Research. VNFs have the potential to increase network scalability and agility, but interoperability issues, service chaining difficulties and lack of support stand in the way.

With a VNF migration to cloud-native network functions, The Linux Foundation claims network functions will become more efficient, reliable and scalable, citing new features such as container orchestration, service mesh architectures and microservices.

To Doyle, though, “cloud-native” is a misnomer.

“There are a lot of carriers talking about cloud-native,” Doyle said. “But what they really want is open, decomposable, interoperable and standards-based. Cloud-native seems to be more of a hot term.”

Linux projects working toward cloud-native

Multiple projects within The Linux Foundation are working toward this VNF migration to cloud-native network functions and capabilities. One such project, the Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization, updated its NFV platform to include more support for Kubernetes-based scenarios, containerized VNFs, service mesh and Multi-Virtualized Infrastructure Manager, The Linux Foundation said.

Additionally, the foundation highlighted cloud-native network function support with updates to its Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project. ONAP presents service providers with a platform to manage and orchestrate NFV architecture.

Originally, ONAP ran in virtualized environments, like VMware or OpenStack, for example. But, following the trajectory of industry calls for additional flexibility, ONAP updated its second release, Beijing, to provide basic support for containers and Kubernetes management.

In November, ONAP expects to release its next series of code, Casablanca, which will increase cloud-native support by allowing users to deploy ONAP modules in multiple infrastructure environments, including containers and any public, private or hybrid cloud environment, The Linux Foundation said.

Most of the foundation’s project updates centered on the operational needs for containers and cloud-native network functions, like scaling capabilities, monitoring and container networking capabilities for Kubernetes.

“They improved support for Kubernetes because the networking native to Kubernetes — or containers, in general — isn’t that good,” Doyle said.

While the networking industry might be heading in the direction of VNF migration to cloud-native network functions, the evolution will take time.

“The reality is carriers are going to be implementing most of their telecom services on their own platforms,” Doyle said. “If cloud-native means private cloud containers, then sure, it makes sense. But they’re likely not going to be running them on AWS [Amazon Web Services]. You’re just not going to see a bunch of VNFs from AT&T running on Amazon.”