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Day 2 of EuropeComm has been as interesting as day one, if not more so as more of the content was directly related to my research areas.

Intelligent Transport Systems kicked off the day with a key note from Prof. John Polak from Imperial who introduced the changing datascape of road traffic systems. Prof. Mike Smith from York then carried on this theme with a more mathematical approach and introduced BRAESS networks and his work in this area. Things started to get a bit more technical with Maziar Nekovee from BT’s talk on Vehicle to Vehicle communications. There are a lot of authentication, security and privacy issues in this area which will be very interesting to look into.

The paper of most direct interest to my paper at the conference was presentation from Michael Decker from Karlsruhe who introduces the topic of Location-Aware access control for DB’s. His talk did not consider the localisation aspects but more so the procedural aspects of access control such as role based and mandatory access control. It was good to see he has done a lot of work in writing detailed survey of the area of location aware and mandatory access, and i am looking forward to receiving his papers to read.

The last talk of the day which struck a nerve with me was Gary Graham from Manchester University talk on how the News/Media corporations are adapting to Web 2.0. He came from perspective of being sympathetic to Rupert Murdoch and the many news corporations and discussed way that they can adapt to survive in the changing economy of news distribution. I think maybe this area is facing the same problems as the music industry, and it may be that radical change is on the way whether the news corporation like it or not. Maybe the will adapt and survive, or maybe the will fail and be replaced with a new economy of news distribution. I dont think we should fight for either, but let the natural course take place. I personally think we will be left with only a few government funded (oh dear) news corporations and a lot of user generated news sites. This was also echoed by Gary in his response to mine and other participants questions. It will certainly be exciting to see what happens in the decades to come.

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