RE: XACML Research.
A bit more rant. If I were king: The public safety systems have to be built over a common model the same way the French designed their nuclear reactor systems. This isn't a competition for innovation but for common reliable trusted services. In this business, one doesn't get to devastate their competitors. One's systems must interoperate with them seamlessly. One will be building over core technologies provided by other companies (the big four in most cases) and open source. So I would call in the CEOs of the top companies in the field and tell them: 1. A national plan for public safety will be created with an architecture. Preference will be given to open technologies that rely on open standards with proven implementations. Only after the necessary interoperable systems are in place will more advanced but unproven technologies be entertained. There will be a purchase list for approved products. 2. Public monies will be allocated to the states and the local agencies to procure systems that are compliant and conformant with that plan. 3. Systems will be vetted for conformance. If they are not, they will not be on the purchase list for conforming products. 4. Any company that gives even a whiff of using rat-f**king tactics in these procurements over the agencies or their competition will be removed from the list of approved sources. 5. Government agencies will be audited and held accountable for conformance and compliance to these policies. This isn't a sport. This isn't business as usual. This uses web technology but this doesn't necessarily conform to web traditions. Let's hear about that in the upcoming presidential debates. The current administration wasted the best opportunity it had to get this done. Now we have to recover. It doesn't matter which party endorses this because both parties have to accomplish it or answer to the electorate. "the jig is up". len
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