Portless networking and container communications

The shift of computing from hosting to cloud to serverless has a parallel in communications technology and products. “Portless” is the new “packet”.

GDPR: Privacy by force or design?

Everyone has had their email inboxes filled with GDPR-related privacy notices. The systemic failure is multiplying: how to divide it instead?

Q is Military Intelligence (so pay attention)

We live in abnormal times, which means unusual methods of government communication with the public. Q is how the Trump administration is doing it.

Just how corrupt is Silicon Valley?

It projects a clean and progressive image, but the reality of Silicon Valley’s power is grubbier. Just how corrupt are the “information oligarchs”?

Can there be competing QoS standards?

The old saying “the great thing about standards is there are so many to choose from” particularly applies to network QoS. How many do we really need?

Does telecoms need a new Network Quality Foundation?

Solving a problem as systemic as interoperable network quality needs supporting institutions. Do we need to invest in a new one to make real progress?

Who will step up to solve interoperable network quality?

The telecoms industry has many bodies who could, in principle, step up and help solve our core “missing units” problem. But who might actually do it?

How to create a superfit telecoms regulator?

Users are increasingly demanding that broadband services are fit for purpose. How can regulators respond to this, given the industry’s immaturity?

Using the ΔQ calculus to model blockchain scalability

Blockchain is a distributed application whose longevity depends upon it being scalable. How can we know if we’re betting on a winner? Use ∆Q calculus!

QoS vs SoQ: How we got network quality backwards

First steps are fateful. Because we have unhelpfully categorised quality, subsequent attempts to engineer it in packet networks have run into trouble.