User Verifiable Social Telematics is an R&D project that the Open Media Park, a 47.000 sq.mts. emerging media technology park in Rome, Italy, and the Open Media Cluster, its €8M+ non-profit innovation center, have launched as the core and jump start of their strategic vision.
In a global market where all communications, business and personal, and all entertainment, rapidly converge into a few leading mobile Internet platforms, which in turn are gradually overtaking broadcasters as gatekeepers of the TV – and whenNSA surveillance disclosures have enormously raised the bar for the security and privacy of communication of citizens, businesses and institutions – User Verifiable Social Telematics aims to substantially exceed, through a single end-to-end mobile meta-platform, interfaceable and integrated with leading mobile platforms, both the security and privacy provided by best-of-breed dual-persona mobile services (Samsung Knox, VMware Horizon Mobile, General Dynamics) or P2P cryptophones as well as the quality of user experience and the choice of content offered by media services like ChromeCast, Apple AirPlay/AppleTV and Samsung Media Hub, leveraging HTML5 and the open Web platform.
UVST is an R&D project to develop a set of software, hardware, procedures and organizational processes that enable any willing service provider to offer ordinary non-technical citizens and businesses access to (at least) basic internet-based mobile and mobile-2-TV end-to-end communication, media consumption and monetization service, that is affordable (~150$/year), very user-friendly, and with actual levels of end-to-end privacy, security and authentication of data, and partially metadata, that are: beyond state-of-the-art, fully constitutional and legal, and extensively top-expert-verified and intrinsically user-verifiable.
It’s meant for deployment as core technical architecture in: (a) server/cloud/CED solutions, (b) end-to-end communication solutions, (c) end-to-end mobile and mobile2TV communication and entertainment solutions. The latter is the aim of Open Web Next, a 6,5M UVST-based grant proposal (6-pager pdf) which the Open Media Cluster is presenting with several world-class partners (see below) by the end of 2013 to Lazio Region and EU Horizon 2020 public co-funding opportunities.
UVST aims to intrinsically (i.e. inherently) ensure that the actual end-to-end software, hardware and procedures running “at any given time” match that whose security, privacy and authentication levels has been very extensively assessed (paid or volunteers) by top-experts, hackers and crackers, and what’s allowed by applicable (non-secret) local laws and constitution.
The main components of UVST are: a very-cheap and thin touch-screen device attachable and interfaceable via custom case to any smartphone (CivicPod) or embedded [or integrated] in custom-modified smartphones (CivicPhone); bare-bone dedicated or compatible TV-connected devices with HD video and full HTML5 rendering capabilities (CivicDongle/Box); that are assembled and verified in dedicated custom-built thoroughly transparent labs (CivicLabs), that also host a dedicated server room (CivicRooms); that are managed, distributed and commercialized by any willing service provider (CivicProviders), whose service is regularly certified by a to-be-established dedicated certification organization/Committee (CivicAuthority) of leading global digital civil rights organizations, also responsible for the updating of the certification specifications.
Non end-to-end deployments of UVST (for PaaS, IaaS, Cloud, Data Center) will include only the CivicRoom, CivicProvider and the CivicAuthority. End-to-end deployments for ultra-secure unified communication solutions will add CivicPod devices (and possibly CivicPhone), with the optional docking stations. For deployments to mass-market consumers each user will also have a HDMI TV CivicDongle/Box.
It will achieve its aims by enhancing the highest-standards time-proven industry standard-grade end-to-end mobile & server-room security hardware, software and procedures, through paradigms of “security through transparency”, open innovation, expensive security bug bounties, continuous world-leading experts and hacktivists review and, iespecially, through innovative operative and monitoring procedures and technologies inspired by best-practice paper-based ballot-box democratic election procedures. For instance, any physical access to the server room (CivicRoom), where all service servers are located and all new devices are flashed, is physically conditional on the presence of at least 5 randomly-selected users. The latter idea – that was first presented in this 2007 blog post and constituted the core project of the Telematics Freedom Foundation - has recently been solidly validated by the “2-man rule” for access to NSA server rooms that constitutes one of the 2 key improvements that the NSA Director has “committed” to implement in the wake of Datagate.
Confirmed partners include: H3G (one of the top mobile operator in the world with 78M customers, mostly in Europe),Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (The main research institution of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development) Center for Cyber Intelligence and Information Security of La Sapienza University of Rome (The leading Italian research in Cyber Intelligence and Security), Hermes Center for Digital Transparency and Human Rights (The non-profit leader in Italy / technical aspects of the human rights legal digital, similar to EFF or Epic in the US), MyKolab, Swiss-based ultra-private email and groupware provider, (founded by former FSF EU director), UCLA School of Cinema, Television and Theatre Remap, Cedeo/WimLabs (lead by Leonardo Chiariglione, co-founder and Chairman of the MPEG association), IT Media Consulting, Flyer /LPM, Binario Etico, Telematics Freedom Foundation, Wildside, Meway. Partnership discussion are currently active with: IBM Italia, Almaviva, Engineering, among the. Also, we’ve had active and extensive negotiations for many hours and weeks with Alcatel, Tivu/Tivusat (owned by the top 3 Italian broadcasters) and Freemantle Media (the largest TV producer in the world), which remain interested for later proposals.
For all inquiries and the possibility to receive the full 25-page project PDF, please contact:
Rufo Guerreschi, Exec. Dir. Open Media Cluster
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