UN telecommunications agency partners with global coalition to combat cyber threats

The effort by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-Terrorism (IMPACT) is in keeping with the call made at the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society to build security and confidence in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). The agreement signed by the heads of the two bodies today in Bangkok, on the sidelines of a major Asia-Pacific telecom conference, will operationalize the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) at IMPACT’s state-of-the-art headquarters in Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur.The GCA is a framework for global cooperation for governments, international law enforcement authorities, the private sector, international organizations and civil society to make cyberspace more secure in an increasingly networked information society. The joint effort by the ITU and IMPACT – an initiative which brings together governments, industry leaders and cybersecurity experts to enhance the global community’s capacity to prevent, defend and respond to cyberthreats – aims to provide real-time analysis, aggregation and dissemination of global cyber threat information.It also seeks to enhance early warning and emergency response to global cyber threats, as well as provide training and skills development on the technical, legal and policy aspects of cybersecurity. Although the GCA will be housed at the IMPACT Centre, ITU will have a “virtual showcase” at its headquarters in Geneva of the early warning system, crisis management and real-time analysis of global cyber threats. 4 September 2008The United Nations telecommunications agency has teamed up with a global coalition headquartered in Kuala Lumpur to address issues related to cybersecurity, including analyzing and sharing information on threats, early warning and emergency responses. read more

NB Premier Brian Gallant wants fracking moratorium in place before Christmas break

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says his government will introduce legislation for a moratorium on fracking for shale gas during the upcoming legislature session and he wants it passed by Christmas.The Liberals, who won a majority government in the September election, campaigned on a promise to bring in a moratorium, saying more information is needed before allowing shale gas fracking to continue.Gallant says if the legislation isn’t passed by the Christmas break, he’ll reconvene the legislature early in the new year.Bruce Fitch, the Opposition Progressive Conservative leader, says he is reserving judgment until he sees the legislation.Energy East refinery’s benefits questioned in new reportBy erecting new hurdles for Energy East, Quebec is caving to pipeline opponentsBut Fitch says if the moratorium threatens to hurt the energy industry and force businesses to shut down, his party will oppose it.The fall legislative session — the first for Gallant as premier — starts Wednesday with a throne speech. read more

Brock UB renew partnership agreement

Brock President Jack Lightstone (left) and Satish Tripathi, President of the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, renewed a five-year partnership agreement between Brock and UB Friday.Brock University and the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York renewed an agreement Friday that will see a partnership between the two universities extended another five years.Officials from the University at Buffalo (UB) visited Brock for the signing ceremony, which means continued shared research and education initiatives. It also makes official a joint master’s program in Canadian and American studies, which begins in September.The new program is a “big deal” for UB, said Charles Zukoski, UB Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs. It’s the first international program established by any state university of New York.“It cements ties and it enhances educational opportunities for students,” Zukoski said. “We like to think of ourselves as an international university and this is an international opportunity to send our student abroad.”Six students from each university will be part of the master’s program’s initial cohort. They’ll take classes and seminars, which include programming in English, history, child and youth studies, fine and performing arts, politics, economics and geography, on both sides of the border.UB is home to 29,000 students, including 19,000 undergrads.The partnership is an example of the interdependence that has always existed between western New York and Niagara, said Brock President Jack Lightstone.“At the same time, society, culture and the economy have evolved differently on either side of the Niagara River as a result of an international border definitively drawn in the aftermath of the War of 1812,” Lightstone said.“There is so much that Brock and UB can and must do to together to understand these dynamics and to better serve the economic, social and cultural development of our highly interdependent regions.”The first partnership agreement between the two institutions was signed in 2007. read more