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Securing Society 5.0 Introduction

Securing Society 5.0 – Overcoming the hidden threats in society’s greatest evolutionary leap

A term first coined by the Japanese government, “Society 5.0” describes "A human-centered society that balances economic advancement with the resolution of social problems by a system that highly integrates cyberspace and physical space." The fifth evolution of the society, enabled by the fifth generation of cellular networking and...
Open RAN Security

Open RAN May Be the Future of 5G, but Can We Keep It Secure?

It's been a year of contradictions for the telecommunications industry. Like most sectors, it has been heavily impacted by the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a slowdown in global 5G roll-outs being a notable result. Geopolitical conflicts have continued to muddy the market, with governments playing a more active...
5G Cybersecurity Safety

Cybersecurity and Safety in the 5G-Enabled Smart-Everything World

Neil Harbisson calls himself a cyborg. Without the antenna implanted in his skull, he would not be able to see colour of any kind. Born with achromatopsia, a condition of total colourblindness that affects 1 in every 30 000 people, Harbisson's physical faculties are augmented by cyber technology to...
Edge Computing Fog

Will Telcos Lose the Edge Computing Battle as Well?

For many end-users of today's communications technology, the cloud is a somewhat mystical concept, a digital equivalent of aether. Most think of it as a formless abstraction "up there" when, in fact, the cloud is rooted in the ground. Or the seabed. Despite rapid advances in satellite connection, almost all...
5G COVID-19

What COVID-19 Taught Us About the Need for 5G

There are many adjectives that could be used to describe the global outbreak of COVID-19, but perhaps the simplest might be: fast. The disease has spread quicker than most people can mentally digest. By nature, humans process linearly. This pandemic has been a lesson in exponential thinking for the common...
5G Virtualization

Unlocking the Future – Why Virtualization Is the Key to 5G

Depending on who you speak to, 5G is either humankind’s greatest imminent blessing or its greatest imminent curse. Still in its infancy, and not yet commercially standardized, this technology has already been the most polarizing advancement we have ever seen in communication. Consumers worldwide are captivated by promises of super-fast...
Society 5.0 and 5G

Will 5G and Society 5.0 Mark a New Era in Human Evolution?

In their outstanding book, Wicked and Wise, Alan Watkins and Ken Wilber look at some of the most pressing ‘wicked problems’ facing the human race. ‘Wicked problems,’ they suggest, are difficult to define, but they are essentially unsolvable in the usual scientific sense. The authors go on: wicked problems, such...

My latest technology articles

oran lexicon

The Open RAN Lexicon You Need

The telecoms and digital technologies sectors are notoriously jargonised. Eavesdrop on any conversation at an industry conference (remember those?) and you’d be treated to a parade of acronyms, initialisms and technical terms that would sound like ancient Greek to an outsider. However, with new technologies being developed and deployed at...
5G TSN Manufacturing

5G in Manufacturing – 5G and Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) for Industrial Automation

In the recent report by IHS Markit - "The 5G Economy - How 5G will contribute to the global economy" - researchers claimed that manufacturing will garner almost $4.7 trillion in sales enablement by 2035. Or 36% of the $13.2 trillion total opportunity of 5G by 2035. Manufacturing will...
5G SBA IMS MEC Architecture

Introduction to 5G Core Service-Based Architecture (SBA) Components

The interest in 5G and mIoT is exploding. It's exciting to see so many IT and cybersecurity professionals in my network trying to learn more about 5G and related technologies. In addition to my usual articles about the societal impacts of these innovations, I'll start a series of articles introducing...
Smart Home Wireless Connectivity

Smart Home / Smart Building Connectivity Options and Their Cybersecurity

In a recent session on smart building cybersecurity, a student cheekily asked me "How did we ever connect anything before 5G?" At that moment I realized I might have been overdoing my 5G cheerleading recently. To atone, here are the key performance and cybersecurity attributes of the most commonly...
5G 3GPP Release Timeline

Introduction to 3GPP and 3GPP 5G Releases 15, 16 and 17

In a major milestone for 5G, 3GPP finalized the Release 16 in July - its second set of specifications for 5G New Radio (NR) technology. As a second article in my series of 5G 101 articles, this is a good opportunity to review the 3GPP process and major 5G-related...
5G Network Slicing

5G Network Slicing Technology: A Primer

Hyped as the technology that will transform the world, 5G is moving past the buzzword stage with first implementations coming to life in 2019. Nations are racing to 5G with such fervor that it now became one of the hottest hot-button geopolitical issues. With latency as low as 1 ms...
AI and 5G

Digital Double Helix: Why the Fates of 5G and AI are Intertwined

In 2013, George F. Young and colleagues completed a fascinating study into the science behind starling murmurations. These breathtaking displays of thousands – sometimes hundreds of thousands – of birds in a single flock swooping and diving around each other, look from a distance like a single organism organically...

5G Business and Policy

5G World Economy Society

How 5G Will Transform Economy and Society

Since the dawn of the 21st Century, the ways in which people and organizations that use the Internet experience, perceive and act in the world is radically changing. We interact with physical objects and systems well beyond our sight and comprehension. Our cars, homes, factories and public transportation are controlled increasingly by computer chips and sensors. This interconnectedness already exceeds much of last century’s science fiction imaginings, but is poised to accelerate even more dramatically with the advent of 5G. Popular telecom carrier driven expectations about the speed and capacity of 5G consumer mobile service tend to obscure the broader reality that 5G network infrastructure will also connect billions of sensors, devices, vehicles, machinery and other things besides smartphones. People will be connected to things too, not just their favorite...
5G Critical Infrastructure

5G Critical Infrastructure – the Most Critical of All

Not even 30 years separate us from the end of the Cold War. Yet, we...
5G COVID-19

What COVID-19 Taught Us About the Need for 5G

There are many adjectives that could be used to describe the global outbreak of COVID-19,...
5G World Economy Society

How 5G Will Transform Economy and Society

Since the dawn of the 21st Century, the ways in which people and organizations that...
Regulation IoT 5G Cybersecurity

Regulating the Security of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a 5G World

In one of those strange inversions of reason, The Internet of Things (IoT) arguably began...
5G Business

Telcos Should Take Risks to Jumpstart the 5G Ecosystem

5G connectivity burst onto the world stage at last year’s Winter Olympics in Seoul, South...
US vs China 5G

Geopolitics of 5G and 5G-Connected Massive & Critical IoT

Emerging Technology and Geopolitics of 5G There are several reasons emerging technology is a highly competitive...

5G Cybersecurity, Privacy, Technology

5G Connectivity Security

5G Network: A Quantum Leap in Connectivity – and Cyber Threats

The timeline of human history is marked by inflection points of major technological advancement. The plow, the printing press, the telegraph, the steam engine, electricity, the telephone, the internet: each of these breakthroughs precipitated tectonic shifts in how people lived and worked. Now, in the early part of the 21st century, we stand witness to the birth of a new industrial revolution built on 5th generation cellular technology - 5G network. As the name implies, 5G network follows a developmental chain. First came 1G, the first generation of cellular communication that freed us to make voice calls without being tethered to a physical phone connection. Then 2G augmented this by adding data services like SMS and MMS. 3G gave us access to mobile internet, video calling and other data-heavy services....
US vs China 5G

Geopolitics of 5G and 5G-Connected Massive & Critical IoT

Emerging Technology and Geopolitics of 5G There are several reasons emerging technology is a highly competitive...
Smart Home Wireless Connectivity

Smart Home / Smart Building Connectivity Options and Their Cybersecurity

In a recent session on smart building cybersecurity, a student cheekily asked me "How did...
Canada Critical Infrastructure

Canadian Critical Infrastructure Cyber Protection

Targeted cyberattacks against critical infrastructure (CI) are increasing on a global scale. Critical systems are...
Regulation IoT 5G Cybersecurity

Regulating the Security of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a 5G World

In one of those strange inversions of reason, The Internet of Things (IoT) arguably began...
AI and 5G

Digital Double Helix: Why the Fates of 5G and AI are Intertwined

In 2013, George F. Young and colleagues completed a fascinating study into the science behind...
5G Opportunity and Cybersecurity

Opportunity and Cybersecurity in the Age of 5G

The human will to innovate is seemingly relentless. The history of our species is one...

Geopolitics of 5G

US vs China 5G

Geopolitics of 5G and 5G-Connected Massive & Critical IoT

Emerging Technology and Geopolitics of 5G There are several reasons emerging technology is a highly competitive industry, notwithstanding the race for intellectual property that can be licensed by burgeoning markets for revenue. A first-mover advantage is often a way to lock in relationships that can lead to long-term infrastructure commitments, integration support services, and service delivery platform development. As the adage goes, “Whoever owns the platform, owns the customer.” This race to be the first to establish technological platforms and lock-in their customers is increasingly becoming politicized. And 5G, the next generation of cellular mobile communications technology, is the best example of how geopolitics is getting involved in emerging tech decisions and how technology discussions are influencing geopolitics. The potential economic gains from 5G development and deployment, the civilization’s likely future...
US vs China 5G

Geopolitics of 5G and 5G-Connected Massive & Critical IoT

Emerging Technology and Geopolitics of 5G There are several reasons emerging technology is a highly competitive...
Regulation IoT 5G Cybersecurity

Regulating the Security of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a 5G World

In one of those strange inversions of reason, The Internet of Things (IoT) arguably began...
5G World Economy Society

How 5G Will Transform Economy and Society

Since the dawn of the 21st Century, the ways in which people and organizations that...
5G Critical Infrastructure

5G Critical Infrastructure – the Most Critical of All

Not even 30 years separate us from the end of the Cold War. Yet, we...
Canada Critical Infrastructure

Canadian Critical Infrastructure Cyber Protection

Targeted cyberattacks against critical infrastructure (CI) are increasing on a global scale. Critical systems are...

Society 5.0 & Smart-Everything World

Securing Society 5.0 Introduction

Securing Society 5.0 – Overcoming the hidden threats in society’s greatest...

A term first coined by the Japanese government, “Society 5.0” describes "A human-centered society that balances economic advancement with the resolution of social problems by a system that highly integrates cyberspace and physical space." The fifth evolution of the society, enabled by the fifth generation of cellular networking and cyber-physical systems, imagines technology, things and humans converging to address some of the biggest societal challenges. The concept encompasses Industry 4.0, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Smart-Everything World and other buzzwords of the moment. In the society of the future the more the cyber and physical worlds are combined, the greater the benefits we will experience. However, the same is true of cyber threats. The more technology is incorporated into every corner of our social being, even our physical being, the greater the...
5G Cybersecurity Safety

Cybersecurity and Safety in the 5G-Enabled Smart-Everything World

Neil Harbisson calls himself a cyborg. Without the antenna implanted in his skull, he would...
IoT Cybersecurity Framework Government

5G Making It More Important for Governments to Lead IoT Security

The human brain is programmed to keep us safe and secure. Yes, we are separated...
Society 5.0 and 5G

Will 5G and Society 5.0 Mark a New Era in Human Evolution?

In their outstanding book, Wicked and Wise, Alan Watkins and Ken Wilber look at some...
5G World Economy Society

How 5G Will Transform Economy and Society

Since the dawn of the 21st Century, the ways in which people and organizations that...
Innovation in Canada

Innovation in Canada – What’s Not Working and What Is

Canada’s rankings in innovation has lagged that of other peer nations for decades despite government...
Smart Home Wireless Connectivity

Smart Home / Smart Building Connectivity Options and Their Cybersecurity

In a recent session on smart building cybersecurity, a student cheekily asked me "How did...

Canada 5G and Emerging Tech

Canada 5G CA5G

Collaboration: The Unexpected Key to Success in Canada’s 5G

In 1967, Lynn Margulis, a young biologist, published a paper that challenged more than a hundred years of evolutionary theory. It proposed that millions of years ago, the eukaryotes emerged not from competition, as neo-Darwinism asserts, but from collaboration. Margulis’ research showed how single-celled lifeforms working together created an entirely new organism that became the foundation of all advanced life on earth. This was an inflection point in the development of evolutionary biology, shifting the scientific and cultural narrative away from “survival of the fittest” towards “survival of the most cooperative.” Though competition contributes to better individual or organizational performance, it can have the opposite effect on larger systems. In building a world-leading 5G ecosystem in Canada we need to appreciate that success will depend on all stakeholders contributing in a collaborative...
Canada Innovation Zones AI 5G

5G Innovation Zones in Canada for Launching AI and 5G in Tandem

In my previous post I argued that if Canada wants to succeed with its AI-focused...
Canada Critical Infrastructure

Canadian Critical Infrastructure Cyber Protection

Targeted cyberattacks against critical infrastructure (CI) are increasing on a global scale. Critical systems are...
Canada 5G AI

5G and AI – Getting Smart About 5G and AI in Canada

Canada has been investing in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) for longer than most...
5G World Economy Society

How 5G Will Transform Economy and Society

Since the dawn of the 21st Century, the ways in which people and organizations that...
Innovation in Canada

Innovation in Canada – What’s Not Working and What Is

Canada’s rankings in innovation has lagged that of other peer nations for decades despite government...
US vs China 5G

Geopolitics of 5G and 5G-Connected Massive & Critical IoT

Emerging Technology and Geopolitics of 5G There are several reasons emerging technology is a highly competitive...

5G, mIoT and Related Technologies Primer

5G SBA IMS MEC Architecture

Introduction to 5G Core Service-Based Architecture (SBA) Components

The interest in 5G and mIoT is exploding. It's exciting to see so many IT and cybersecurity professionals in my network trying to learn more about 5G and related technologies. In addition to my usual articles about the societal impacts of these innovations, I'll start a series of articles introducing key 5G and mIoT technology concepts. Before we move on to technical aspects of 5G security. Let's get started with reviewing the 5G core service-based architecture and learning the first few dozen acronyms, out of approximately a gazillion. The cellular industry loves acronyms. Even more than the cybersecurity industry. 5G architecture is an evolution of current 4G architectures but based on a Service-Based Architecture (SBA). The 3GPP defines the SBA for a 5G core network as delivered by a set of interconnected...
5G Network Slicing

5G Network Slicing Technology: A Primer

Hyped as the technology that will transform the world, 5G is moving past the buzzword...
oran lexicon

The Open RAN Lexicon You Need

The telecoms and digital technologies sectors are notoriously jargonised. Eavesdrop on any conversation at an...
Smart Home Wireless Connectivity

Smart Home / Smart Building Connectivity Options and Their Cybersecurity

In a recent session on smart building cybersecurity, a student cheekily asked me "How did...
5G Virtualization

Unlocking the Future – Why Virtualization Is the Key to 5G

Depending on who you speak to, 5G is either humankind’s greatest imminent blessing or its...
5G SBA IMS MEC Architecture

Introduction to 5G Core Service-Based Architecture (SBA) Components

The interest in 5G and mIoT is exploding. It's exciting to see so many IT...
5G 3GPP Release Timeline

Introduction to 3GPP and 3GPP 5G Releases 15, 16 and 17

In a major milestone for 5G, 3GPP finalized the Release 16 in July - its...
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