26. Slovenian science festival with international participation: »Science and technology face the time challenges«

On November 10–11,  26. Slovenian Science Festival was in session with international participation. With the help of the infrastructure group for e-Research environments, our Laboratory for Open Systems and Networks enabled the Slovenian Science Foundation to implement a virtual event Science Festival 2020.

This year’s 26. Slovenian Science Festival was held in a hybrid form, remotely, due to the measures taken against the spread of coronavirus.

The patron of the festival was Mag. Violeta Bulc, former European Commissioner.

Organizers:

Univerza v Ljubljani, donator
Institut »Jožef Stefan«, Ljubljana, donator
Inotherm, d.o.o., Prigorica, donator
Loterija Slovenija, d.o.o., Ljubljana, donator
SIQ Ljubljana, donator[ZS1] 
Lotrič, d.o.o., Selca, donator
Energotech, d.o.o., Ljubljana, donator
Omega, d.o.o., Ljubljana, donator
Kemijski inštitut, Ljubljana, sponsor


Tackling information disorder

Our co-worker, Dr. Tanja Pavleska has recently published an article titled “The good, the bad and the urgent – tacking information disorder” Information disorder is an umbrella term for three distinct, but related phenomena: disinformation, misinformation and malinformation. These are commonly known under the names of fake news, rumours, doxing, harmful content, and so on. Many efforts to combat information disorder have been taken, as it is directly related to some of the most important aspects of our daily lives: guarding democratic and societal values, nurturing trust in the actors involved in establishing those values, exercising fundamental rights and freedoms, and similar.

You can read the whole article following the link:
https://www.betterinternetforkids.eu/web/portal/practice/awareness/detail?articleId=6206859

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The overload of internet in the time of Covid-19

“Will the Internet survive the congestion of the network due to the increased traffic generated by the COVID-19 pandemic situation?” and “What is currently the state of internet “health” during the COVID-19 pandemic?” This are the two questions which prof. dr. Borka Jerman Blažič, is debating in her recently published article on the offical website of the Slovenian Association for Computer Communications and Internet (ISOC-SI).

In the recent weeks, many people are wondering whether the Internet will withstand due to increased traffic while the majority of the world’s population is browsing and using internet on behalf of changing the lifestyle in these mesaures in pandemic time. The Previous data on the increase of intrenet traffic, is showing that the Internet is very durable and whilst there have been no major problems detected, which is understandable. However, The COVID-19 pandemic has once again exposed the long-standing problem in the global world and here at home, where the digital the division of the population between the poor and the rich is divided. The poor have no access to the internet, no matter where they are in the world. This issue also raised the issue of Internet access, paying e-bills and telephone communications for the Internet-connected part of the population.

How much Internet  traffic has augmented in the last days of March:

Business, home broadband, and wireless usage was up 24% compared to the same day in February in USA. Other new traffic patterns include:

Instant messaging: Up by 63%
Text messaging: Up by 41%
Voice calls: Up by 33%
Video: Up by 4%
Emailing: Down by 18%
Web browsing: Down by 5%


The company also reports these increases in conference activity:Audio, web and video conferencing tools: Up by 400% more minutes
Large-scale webcast events: Up by 200%
AT&T’s global audio-conferencing solution: Up by 200%.

Read the whole article (in Slovenian language): HERE

web platform CoronaLive.info

Primož Cigoj, our associate of Laboratory for open systems and networks, has developed and set up an on-line platfrom CoronaLive.info to monitor the global spread of pandemic of new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 . The platform presents county-by-country statistics and graphical displays in an easy-to-use and friendly way, in addition to local news and latest post from Twitter’s online social network. The purpose of CoronaLive.info is to provide an overview of the frequencies of infected, deceased, and recovering people across the globe. 

web: CoronaLive.info

In memory of Peter Kirstein

Professor Peter Kirstein left this world on Wednesday, 8 January 2020. Professor Kirstein was, along with famous american computer legends Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, the frontrunner in research and development of communication between computer networks. Their efforts led to the development of today’s standard internet protocol TCP/IP.  Professor Kirstein also helped establish the first cross-atlantic internet line between USA and Europe (GB).  During his carieer he contributed a lot to the expansion of internet services and establishing internet infrastructure in Europe.

We collaborated intensively with professor Kirstein on the COSINE-EUREKA 8 project (1985–1991), which helped us in the growth and build of secure internet services, such as digital signatures and public key infrastructure in the year 1992. Later, in 2008–2010 we also collaborated in the development of a video-conference system Global Plaza.

Professor Kirstein will be missed especially for his optimism, friendship, teamwork, and wisdom.

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