[ParisWeb] Security Take Away


ParisWeb is a french-european event gathering web developers motivated for doing things right : quality, accessibility and standard. Last week the conference was held Place de la Bourse, in Paris downtown. That conference is known to be terrific, as people are sharing their experience, their good practice, their good feelings. Every talk is an opportunity to learn something and meet smart people. Here is a first post, reporting the security conversation that happened in Palais Brongniart. (more…)

Chip to Cloud conference : modernism and usual suspects

chip-to-cloud-2013Once a year the smart card industry meets in Nice, during an event named Chip to Cloud, co-located with the NFC World Congress and the M2M Innovation event. Chip to Cloud tagline is ‘Security Forum’. In other words, this is where you will meet the traditional security solution industry, this old good industry relying on chip/hardware/tokens (call it as you want) to secure the world. The number of tracks was impressive, as usual, but here is a take away from what I captured, between two coffees with goods friends.

The traditional industry is getting modern.

Being part of that industry since quite a long time now, we all know by heart our favorite use cases. Banking, corporate, telecom business… But this year, some new markets were mentioned. As an example social media was discussed with the underlying problem of trust in reputation. How to make sure a user is a real/good/reliable user ? (more…)

Tokyo experience : W3C web developers meetup

Somewhere in the last days (excuse my approximation, my time reference is in the middle of Tokyo and Marseille), I attended together with around 300 people the W3C Meetup up developer in Tokyo in GREE premises.

w3cdev_roomPicture by Sangwhan Moon sangwhanmoon

Awesome venue, great and experienced speakers, and funny masters of ceremony, all was gathered to have a wonderful event.

w3cdev_costumesPicture by Tomomi ‏@girlie_mac via @ourmaninjapan

During this first W3C meetup in Tokyo ever, the virtue of the web was exposed.

HTML5. Mike Smith, codename Michael[tm] Smith @sideshowbarker reported the recent HTML5 stories, focusing on the template element.

Mobile webapps. The recent features to build attractive mobile web appwere developped by Tomomi from Nokia @girlie_mac. She covered all recent features and gave details about their implementations in the different mobile version browsers [slides]

Test the web. Earlier in the day, there was a Test The Web Forward event, a kind of great coding party where you test the web from top to bottom. It was a great opportunity here to have Tobie from Facebook and W3C fellow @tobie explaining us the main testing essence of the web [slides]

Security. I made a status on the web crypto API working group. Promoting how we could save the world (or at least support a better evoting user experience – with a bit of Paris and women power inside) [slides]

Design. Alan Stearns @alanstearns from Adobe made a fabulous CSS demo  [slides]

Gaming. Kazuho Oku @kazuho presented JSX allowing to improve performance for game coding [slides]

Panel. A panel ended the conference, trying to get from the participants how the japanese community could be present in the standardization of the web. Participants were Mike Smith from W3C @sideshowbarker, Fumi Yamazaki from google @Fumi, Richard Ishida from W3C Internationalization @r12a, Tomomi from Nokia @girlie_mac, Kensaku Komatsu from NTT Com and Shumpei Shiraishi from HTML5J @Shumpei. In a mixing of japanese and english – which was not a problem as there was a bi-language real time translation, they stated the following :

Community ? The Twitter community of this W3C dev Meetup can be explored with the Bluenod application, and it looks something like this


Party. And because we all worked hard, our host offered a nice cake after a great japanese buffet …

w3cdev_cakePicture by @gihyoreport


Your unconnected tatoo will soon be sooo vintage…

 Imagine. Take all the buzz words you hear in the digital planet [social media, cloud, crowd sourcing, e-health, open data] and instead of claiming it is the future and cross-finger, you analyze the new usages and sociological impacts they trigger. This is what Netexplo team is running after, each year. How can that magic happen ? Netexplo is sponsored by (rich) members, and is funding a team which analyses, collects, segments each year 500 innovative digital projects. Worldwide. 100 projects are selected and 10 of them are pitched during the Netexplo Forum in front of hundreds of attendees. I was there last February and let me witness that attending Netexplo Forum was a real experience. Just like learning the best of digital in two days.

What made the digital world shaking in 2012 ? Julien Levy was the spokesman of Netexplo team this year and exposed the identified trends. Obviously the Netexplo Trends report 2013 can not be sum up in few lines, but some of the key concepts were shared during Julien talk [1]. Cloud, appearance, digital immanence. Each of the concept was illustrated by projects developed by start up or research labs. Lets review the main concepts.

Cloud Care. Thanks to the network built by the connected people, machines and devices, some amazing services can be invented.

Taking care of objects. By deploying sensors and processors everywhere, it is possible to monitor a grid of water pumps, or balance the humidity of a natural eco-system.

Taking care of people. By connecting patients, robots, doctors, application can ease the patient journey. This may be particularly valid for the elders, who can be helped in their day to day life. Care Square was one of the projects awarded, which principle resided in a very simplified tablet, offering basic graphic user interface.

Taking care of opinion. By collecting opinion, comments, views, people can fine-tune their own opinion, choosing to endorse or not others advices.

Crowd cops. Taking care all together, replacing cops. By connecting the people and calling on their vigilance, material incidents can be declared in cities, or rescue team can be supported by bringing more local information, family and relatives can monitor each other, consumers can also report bad usages of companies or politics. This can be a way to introduce again solidarity among people. But the dark side of the crowd cop also exists. Employers tracking employees. Shops tracking customers. The right balance may be in the mutual agreement of monitoring and being monitored (but who knows what are the condition for a real free agreement).

Beyond the appearance. The main question for citizen and consumers facing the digital ocean is : Will web 2.0 marketing fool me ? How can I detect the truth behind the messages ? New expertise is required here and the collective experience collected thanks to the crowd may be a great tool to balance the super marketing machines.

Fact checking. By measuring the reality, thanks to sensors, the reality can be augmented, and become an augmented reality for everyone. Reality can be transmitted to disabled, to countermeasure their disability. Additional information about item, food, goods, books, can be found just by taking picture, recording sound, using laser. An interesting example is the China Survival Manual, an anonymous application, which alerts consumers to health risks. Another application which has been intensively adverted those days is the french ‘Citoyens Capteurs‘ (citizen as sensors), selected in the 100 projects, which allows each citizen to measure the air pollution and participate to scientific experiment. A last example awarded in the top 10 was Zéro-Gâchis, a application allowing supermarket to declare their items close to their sell-by date in nearby supermarkets. Less wastage, better consumption, more respect for the earth and production cycle.

Body Checking. The same applies to body. Blood pressure can be detected on faces, leading to potential interpretation of emotions. Parkinson can be diagnosed by voice analysis from 20 minutes of sample conversation (see Parkinson Voice Initiative project). health care can become in that case hell scary.

Reality and digital merging. Where the reality is helping you in your day to day life, with no effort from you. the connection, the context, the integration of the machines or devices are a support for the citizen. example with the Google glasses, but also the shoes guiding your way, lightened on the right when you should turn right. The best illustration for that amazing integration was Windows Of Opportunity WOO. WOO makes the windows of car a new area to play, to learn, to share. While driving in Paris, you may see the window of another car driving in Tokyo. You could also share music from other drivers stuck in the same traffic jam… WOO is a technology providing an interactive and contextual screen, in which you can imagine any funny or educative application. The winner of the Netexplo report was the Electronic Tatoos, a technology allowing to lay some electronic circuit on the skin, flexible and resistant enough to look like a tatoo. While not being already deployed, the technological challenge was amazing enough to make everyone dreaming or being frightened by the large scale of possible applications. Imagine, you wear data and emit messages, anytime…

Digital immanence. The digital and the real do not have borders, they are the world. More then having physical or technological fusion, you have a personal involvement in digital, that may affect your emotion, soul, mental illness. SPARX is a game to help depressive teenagers understanding their illness and highlight progresses. Teenagers do recover easily playing in a virtual society… you just need to design the appropriate situations and dialogs.

To sum-up. Trends covered the connected device, machine, people, brains. And Julien Levy ended with an embarrassing question – while we were all tweeting and surfing. What about usages in case our world would be disconnected. Panic ? Alternatives ? This may be a good topic for 2014 Netexplo Forum.

Which of the 2012 innovations will shape 2013 ? Probably none of them. Those innovations may definitely need to mature before they become actual democratic usages, so we should better wait for them in two or three years. Netexplo Forum offered a really good picture of where the digital world may go and it is up to each of us to think about the kind of word we want to shape for the future….

[1] Netexplo trends by Julien Levy

Note : look at the Bluenod map to track who tweeted what during the event Day1 : Day2 : (Twitter account required)

Enterprise 2.0 is looking for Super Heros !

super-hero-by-D-BoyarrinI am quite interested in social media, and grabbed for you during the Microsoft Tech Days how implementing such practice in large companies could be a challenge. Orange Business Services witnessed during a session about successful deployments of internal social media, this week, based on the Plaza project deployed in Orange and its digital consulting activity.

Context. OBS made a short reminder about social media in large companies, highlighting how hard it is to accommodate old management based on hierarchy, with the new spirit of open and collaborative 2.0 world. Daniel Gonçalves from OBS consulting reminded that most of the underlying principles required to establish a social media framework were already familiar to IT managers with people directory, document sharing, and collaboration enablers. Social media is just a mean to integrate all that experience in one tool, with turbo user experience, as users have a rich profile, can join community and follow and work on their reputation.

What is at stake ? It is demonstrated that all together people can be a smart as few experts. There are different reasons why a company would like to be smarter : to have more collaborators involved, to find new objective or new direction for the company, to boost innovation, to boost information exchange and learning. In Enterprise 2.0, to reach such goal, you develop communities of people. And for that, you need to have a good project team to roll out the plan.

Will the project leader fail ? Well maybe. From OBS experience, there are few things project managers should know to avoid committing suicide during the project :

– Social media learning takes time and takes your time;

– Do not under estimate the coincidence – hard to admit that 50% of campaigns success is viral, meaning coming from a propagation that you do not understand or predict;

– If naturally your company does not have the spirit of sharing and collaborate, you may have trouble to become a success stories in TechDays one day – it may happen but it will be seriously harder for you;

– Adoption of new tools requires that they are understood, and that their positioning is clear compared to others tools (I hate duplicating operations for my boss, right, so please if you give us two tools, convince me they do not overlap);

– There will be a hard battle happening between social media used for private circle (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest) and the great social media you plan to roll out. Great effort on the design and usability will be a must. Especially if your early adopters are already web 2.0 oriented;

–  90/9/1 is the contribution rate in communities, for 90 social media observer, there are 9 social media punctual contributor, and 1 social media regular contributor – one, yes, 1 on 100 people will post in information, so pray it will be relevant;

– The contributors are diva : they must know what is their interest to contribute, they must be confident using the tools, they wanna know the rules of the game, they must have fun, they must be sure their boss will appreciate it… You want them to give their best, you need to nurse them;

– The new technology adoption has very well known cycle : everyone speaks about it, people enrolls end contributes like hell, and 3 month after your dashboard indicates one comment per week. As such you need to inject your energy at the right moment and try to maintain engagement from the users.

Will you succeed ? Hum… maybe. The good news is that if you reach the end of your project according to the key success factors that you hardly negotiated at the beginning with your sponsors … Oups ! Nobody told you that you need sponsors in HR department *and* lT department *and* top management? Well, if you are able to reach the end of the project, you are a super hero. Actually you should be a super heros team. OBS Consulting shared also some interesting operational advices to increase your chance of success as a project team. Reporting here the one I preferred :

– Set up a good team with transverse skills, including developers – as you will have to customize the solution;

– Have an iterative approach and an open mind as your users will ask you the killing feature you did not think about;

– Have some relay or ambassador locally to explain and drive adoption (yeah, I know we said you need to be best friend with your CEO, but also best friend of your communities, but remember, you are a super hero).

Speaking product. Finally a demo was made by Huu-Phuc Tran from Alsy, an OBS affiliate. This could illustrate the features of what Microsoft considers as a good social media product, Share Point 2013. I must confess that the module demonstrated were impressive in term of user experience: Creating profile, joining community, winning badges to manage reputation, checking activities, interacting with others.  All the basics were available, but it was demonstrated that customization would be required to roll out a serious plan.

In the end. It was clear to the audience that the challenge of social media in companies was residing in the needed transverse and collaborative efforts. Good luck to the enterprise 2.0 world, I think you have a lots of energy to spend.  Between you and I, I wish you’ll succeed, because as a user, I already love what you promised me.

Note : Picture ‘Super Hero’ by D. Boyarrin under Creative Commons –

Note : Other posts related to Microsoft Tech Days 2013 : Big Data, they unveiled the secret, Microsoft message to developers and A trip from a Digital Ocean to Orange’s Plaza [by Franck Martini].

A trip from a Digital Ocean to Orange’s Plaza [by Franck Martini]

[This is a Tech Days catch-up of my very best friend Franck Martini @franckmartini who roamed in the Microsoft Tech Days in Paris this week. Franck is intranet manager in gemalto, comics lover, smart guy, … but married.]

Day three of the Tech Days 2013 and today the focus is more on “the business”, read non IT people. As a consequence the amount of women has dramatically increased (over 60 to 70! which is ten times more than the day before)… If politics and companies top management are two very masculine domains, we can safely add IT to the list. My personal feeling is that it’s probably one of the jobs that most need a more feminine touch. And I’m not even writing this because this post is hosted by my good friend Virginie…

An ocean of Big Data?

The intro keynote was mostly devoted to Big Data even if its misleading title (“Welcome to the Digital Ocean”) could have implied many other topics. Other will explain better what Big Data is all about but some figures in the introduction were pretty striking:

  • 1/3 of babies have an online life before being born
  • Digital birth online is at the age of 6 month.

Which means that a baby has a digital identity long before he gets regular ID papers… and an online footprint long before he/she has the ability to become naturallysocially active?

There is no real novelty in this as a fact, but the statistic behind can be seen either as extraordinary or scary…How long before someone invents the concept of ‘Parental branding’ or ‘Online Parenthood’?

For the rest of the day, I focused on topics that pique my interest as Intranet Manager : BYOD and mobility, Company Social Networks.

BYOD, ATAWAD, CYOD, COPE… who wins the acronym war ?

As an intro the BYOD session, some elements were quite noteworthy:

  • On average a Smartphone owners checks his/her mobile 150 times a day. Question: does playing to Angry Birds for 45 min count as one time?
  • 45% of employees use their personal device at work or for work purposes.
  • 75% of exempts work outside of working hours (and very frequently on personal devices)

BYOD has several aspects: it can have an impact on a company image; it has ties with HR policies, trade unions matters, definition of working hours etc… Yet it also means advanced legal elements and big headaches for IT teams in terms of data security and device support. Data security is obvious but why support? Well simply put, when one considers the variety of devices, how often new products appear on the market and the updates of mobile OS and apps, it seem that supporting all these devices compared to today’s armada of Dell computers is going to be a major issue or can be seen as virtually impossible.

Social Networks – ‘We do not have all the answers’

Moving on to Enterprise 2.0 or Company Social Networks, one classic argument remains, the techno gap between external tools (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc…) and what is happening behind the firewall. Experts say that IT departments will have to become more and more agile to fit with new needs and the speed of the external tools (the topic of Day 2’s keynote).
What also appears from the various presentations is that the aspect of personal branding is still essential and that a user will only contribute internally if there is a sort of payback for him.

Feedback and quick-wins also presented mentioned important money savings (ROI Finance guys! Yes, that’s possible), lots of problem solving, bugs identification, good company positioning, improved image for managers who ‘play the game’ and finally something that we’re all waiting for: less emails and less meetings.

The final and main message that I identified is that no matter all the plans for such a project, all participants agreed on the fact that it is a jump into the unknown as it’s the users who will define its use and not its creators. And this is the scary part of the story that you will not tell to your boss when you discuss the perspectives of such a project.

Big Data – They unveiled the secret


Still in the hurricane of the Microsoft Tech Day 2013 in Paris. Two smart guys were interviewed about Big Data and Innovation.

Why did they were elected ? The first because his name is Cyrille Vincey @cyrvin, founder of Qunb, a startup which which created a good Buzz during Paris Le Web, which offers some datavisualization services. And the second is Antoine Durieux the CEO Chef Jerome @Chef_Jerome. Interview was conducted by  PEG @pegobry.

What is big data ? In real real reality. Those guys set up the context of big data. Big data is not new. It is just the principle of storage a very laaarge amount of data and being able to perform some request on it. Nothing really new. even the algorithms use to manage the operations are old. The major skills required to be a significant player on this area is the capability to store on different servers in parallel a large amount of data, with a reasonable scalability.

As an exemple. Chef Jerome is a linker of big data : receipts on one hand, supermakert catalog on the other hand. Chef Jérôme makes the link for the user : offering him a aggregated view. The little magic behind is the following : receipts are analysed, scanned, cut into basic elements such as title, picture, list of components, weight, quantity, supermaket catalogs suffer the same and it is done. Regarding the number of data manipulated, this is what can be called big data.

Limitation. Calculation operated on large amount of data are complex. Why ? Because data are fragmented. Because data calculation takes a non-predictable time to be performed. Because calculation are done in a asynchronous way. And to make sure that you can use the data despite those obstacles, pre-calculation is used. Which presents the drawback to make real time impossible.

Solutions. Oversimplifying, there are kind of two technical types of solution. The distributed model based, running in several servers, asynchronous and thus pre-calculated which has the advantage to be open source. And the second model which is based on storage on a single machine, allowing real time, but which has the disadvantaged to be under license.
What has changed since everyone talks about big data ?

One. Start up can talk to investors and decision makers, as they feel they should belong to the history by joining the big data movement. But in reality, shhuuut, don’t tell them, but big data is just a statistical tool for the dummies.

Two. Companies using big data principles on their internal information system can now have support to make micro-decision. Big data may not help you to build your innovation and strategic 3 years-plan, but may help companies to fine tune some decisions, analyzing statistically some usage of the employees, of their customers…

Three. Some work is starting about prediction based on Big Data. By spoofing little signs, you may be able to predict some behavior, or some underground trends, or detect some demand from your customer that you do not address.

Four. There is an unlimited combination of trying to correlate data. Imagination does not have any limit, expect power processing, and silos between actors detaining the data.

The philosophical questions. If we believe that the big data tool will be deployed in all area of business. One should ask if this is really attractive for citizen (and their privacy), for example, in the health domain. Another question, is, when are we going to open the data from different sectors ? Last amazing observation. Why is that statisticians do not join the movement ? (well, we can guess they might feel uncomfortable with everyone starting to play with statistics).

Definitely a technology to monitor. Thanks again to two guys, who have been innovative and demystified for us the big data magic.

Note : Picture by h de c’s under creative common license.

Microsoft message to the developers…

techdays2013This week is the Paris Microsoft TechDays 2013 #mstechdays. And tuesday was the first day dedicated mainly to developers. Here is a view from a non-developer girl attending this event (in other words, an alien here).

The key message was : we love you and we want you to make money.

Microsoft and its dynamic team of francophone evangelists demonstrated during the morning session series of well calibrated messages (rolling out an average cooking scenario, but this is another story). With Microsoft platform and tools, developers were promised to be able to have cool design of applications, compatible with the multi-screen user requirements, driven by mobility today. In addition developers will benefit from easy coding of new user habits, like sharing content from an app, using touch screen in the Surface, scrolling in every direction,  easy to create. And last but not least, any language would be supported from native C++ to web, with a great re-usability of code in both cases. Consistency of the features across the different environment of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT was also repeated on a regular basis. Last but not least all applications can be distributed on the Windows Store App, where a team will make sure it is compatible with the rules (no worry you can pre-test it);.

As a mobile oriented person, I was greatly interested in  the features related to mobile. Lets review some differentiators of the Windows Phone 8 platform.

A locked screen, just made for you. Locked screen of WP8 can be customized. Developers, if lucky enough to have their app chosen by the user, will be the user companion, being display as a background of the mobile screen. And MS development software enable seamless integration of the the data to be used when being elected as a locked screen.

The wallet is your chance. It is an aggregation of loyalty services and allows to directly access applications. In addition the application can embed some promotional mesage to the user and raise his attention on your super app.

Even the camera is an opportunity. The camera can easily offer the user to play with applications providing filters when he is taking picture.

Whatever is your favorite language, you can play. Web technologies were as present as old good technos. And the message was clear, make web app, make native app, make hybrid app, and we will make sure you will have visibility of our platforms.

Be innovative think NFC. The NFC technology was also promoted by the team, in the person of the only girl – Julie Knibbe @julieknibbe – who demonstrated the strength of integrated technologies with an NFC coupon transmitted from one device to another by peer to peer NFC, and was finally present into the wallet previously demonstrated.

In all cases, the simplicity of the code was amazing – well we all know that Microsoft evangelists are magicians.

A last word about security. The Microsoft solutions were promoted as highly secured. With new tools to control devices, new operating systems capabilities like the well known combination of bitlocker, secure bootloader and early antimalware, insuring integrity of the platform from a to z. But this will be detailed in later posts.

Code must also be a fun. The tradition in the tech days is to have a crazy session about codes. It is a session where evangelists are just demonstrating that any idea they think about can be easlily coded. Pushing back the limits of creativity. We had a chance to review a movie-generic a la Star Wars prepared in HTML5 and CSS3 by David Rousset @davrous, a machine to generate World-dictionnary-compatible sentences by David Catuhe @deltakosh , a fractal generator by Eric Mittelette, a super graphic application to manage form overlapping by Mitsu Furuta @mitsufu, and a joint Bluetooth/geolocalisation sandwich finder by Pierre Lagarde @pierlag and Julie Knibbe @julieknibbe. And-it-was-really-fun.

To sumup, that first developer’s day was enthusiastic, a lots of things learned, even if the continuous flow of positive messages was a bit scary – well there might be a problem somewhere, no ?

Stay tuned for other posts related to cloud, innovation, social media and obviously security…

Note to tech girls : a great advantage of being a girl in TechDays is that you never queue to go to the toilet : )