Tech’s response to Biden’s victory, why 5G isn’t (yet) great, the beginning of IoT network chaos and why everything you know about authorization is wrong

November 12, 2020 | Posted by: Jin Woo

We were on hiatus due to the presidential elections, but we’re back this week. The Blue Print recaps the industry’s most intriguing news, unexpected shifts and developing trends that are defining the business and technology landscape.


CNBC: Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and other tech luminaries react to Biden’s victory

Tech CEOs and Silicon Valley luminaries congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris after their victory in the U.S. presidential election Saturday. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos celebrated Biden and Harris’ win in an Instagram post. Bezos said their victory signifies that “unity, empathy and decency are not characteristics of a bygone era.” Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who has been a vocal critic of Trump’s coronavirus response, said he looked forward to “working with the new administration and leaders on both sides in Congress on getting the surging pandemic under control.”

Why It Matters: Silicon Valley luminaries posted congratulatory comments on social media, which is a broader reflection of the tenuous relationship many Silicon Valley leaders had with President Donald Trump. But with the new election results, there is perhaps skepticism on what President-elect Joe Biden will accomplish with changes in the makeup of Congress, including the president’s spending plan supported by taxing the wealthy and large corporations. Meanwhile, the world is starting to ignore the current POTUS

Tags: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Jeff Bezos, Amazon, Microsoft, Bill Gates, Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, Priscilla Chan, Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple, Cisco, Chuck Robbins, Box, Aaron Levie


Silicon Angle: Political battles persist as tech industry ponders what’s coming in the Biden administration

With the presidential election of 2020 presumably decided in favor of President-elect Joe Biden, what does the political future hold for the tech industry? Issues such as content moderation by social media firms, cybersecurity, 5G deployment and defense funding occupied much of the conference discussion, but there was also an underlying question about how much influence the technology industry will actually wield.

Why It Matters: The global pandemic has forced a reordering of priorities. Cybersecurity will not initially be a priority while 5G will be. However, content moderation by social media companies, including Section 230, will be. What is understood is the tension between political leaders and tech companies, which will impact government contracts as AI, cloud and other innovative technologies that government agencies increasingly will depend on to modernize and innovate over the next four years. 

Tags: election, Joe Biden, cybersecurity, 5G, social media, technology, Silicon Valley


SDXCentral: Ericsson Explains Why 5G Isn’t Awesome in the US (Yet)

The head of the North American market for Ericsson called it rather succinctly this week: 5G networks in the U.S. are not awesome. AT&T, T-Mobile US, and Verizon, have deployed “nationwide” 5G networks that provide a platform to continue building upon, but plenty of work remains, Ericsson SVP Niklas Heuveldop said during a presentation for analysts and investors. That collection of 5G networks, “in itself doesn’t deliver an awesome customer experience yet — it’s comparable to 4G,” he said. U.S. carriers, and T-Mobile most aggressively,  are working to improve 5G with mid-band spectrum deployments.

Why It Matters: While countries in Asia including South Korea have established reliable 5G service, America is behind as some spectrum has yet to be auctioned off by the FCC. What is clear that reliable 5G depends on a mix of low, mid and high band spectrum. These auctions are likely to happen 1H 2021. 

Tags: 5G, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Ericsson


Network World: Forrester: Get ready for IoT networking chaos

The sheer number of connectivity options available for IoT networks will create chaos in the coming year, according to a newly released set of predictions from Forrester Research. As there’s no single connectivity option that meets every use case for IoT, businesses should expect to navigate a landscape that includes proprietary low-power options like Zigbee, unlicensed standards like Bluetooth, both public and private varieties of 5G, Wi-Fi, and even satellites in order to make deployments work. 2021 will actually see uptake rates for 5G and Wi-Fi slow substantially as a result of the disjointed IoT connectivity market, and some of that spending will go to satellite and other low-power options, which should see 20% more interest next year, Forrester says in “Predictions 2021: Internet Of Things (IoT)”.

Why It Matters: All industries and segments have an opportunity to leverage IoT as part of their digital business strategies. Industries such as healthcare/life sciences and manufacturing have already seen its benefits. As low cost connectivity options including satellite and rapid rollout of 5G capabilities become pervasive over the next few years, IoT has the potential to be a high-growth technology, especially when combined with data science, machine learning and AI. 

Tags: IoT, Forrester Research, connectivity, IoT, bluetooth, 5G, Wi-Fi, satellite


Forbes: Everything You Know About Authorization Is Wrong

When you ask about authorization, people often think “policy at user login.” For example, once Kieran proves his identity (authentication), authorization policy defines that he can access specific files, folders and applications. Even if the permissions are convoluted (Kieran can interact with File 3 but not File 4 and only app X if he checks out a privileged account password from a vault), the purpose of authorization was clear: Who has permission to access what? That was the old standard for the old app stack. The new standard reflects an evolved business landscape that looks dramatically different than it did even a few years ago. Today, authorization refers not only to people, accounts and roles and the permissions they have but — crucially — also to infrastructure authorization.

Why It Matters: When we think about authorization in the traditional sense, we think about a complimentary technology to authentication or a component of identity & access management. In the new era of cloud-native computing, authorization policy not only has implications for security but the interactions and dependencies at the intersection of infrastructure and business requirements. Open Policy Agent, which was created by Styra, offers a unified authorization framework to accomplish this.  (Note: Styra is a 280blue client)

Tags: Open Policy Agent, Styra, authorization, cloud-native