Did you say… SECURITY????

Not more than 2 weeks ago, I have been around @ CISCO Live event in Milan, the industry’s premier education and training workshop.

Lazy walking around, I had a very interesting coffee with Giuseppe Paternò (aka Gippa): he was there on the behalf of Canonical (he was in charge to talk about OpenStack), but really our chat turn immediately on security matter.

Courtesy of zebble on flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/zebble/6786151/

Courtesy of zebble on flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/zebble/6786151/

Security is probably one of the most important issue of these times, – among others, 2013 GNOME FoG campaign has been focused on security – and I think protection of (personal and corporate) data is “the” challenge of next ones.

As user, protection of my digital life is something I really worry about, but if I was a company… OH MY GOSH! Social networks, weak passwords, multiple devices, spyware, malware, negligence or simply oversight (geniuses are known to be differently focused… 🙂 ) how many doors would you like to open? How many temptations for a a blackhat?

What I really like in Giuseppe words has been the effort to make available for everyone his long lasting experience in FLOSS environment to provide a simple solution, called SecurePass.

SecurePass is a SaaS identity and access management backed by strong authentication and Single Sign On. Giuseppe explained me that the idea behind is that each web app and Linux system in the cloud has its own user base, therefore there is no central point of user management and no single way to enforce security policies. SecurePass targets Cloud apps and networks devices, and is currently using open protocols such as RADIUS, CAS, LDAP.

It is easy to integrate in Ubuntu: Luca Perencin, leader of the Ubuntu Users Official Group on LinkedIn, wrote an interesting article about it.

But Giuseppe wanted even more in the new release: he said he wanted it to be easy for developers to integrate it into their core framework, hence the implementation of new APIs and the group management.

Next release is codenamed Dreamliner, and that makes sense , because of Gippa’s great passion for flight: he has a private pilot licence… and he promised me a tour on a Diamond Aircraft DA40NG if I spread the word!!!

Just kidding of course, but this is my way to help the project – and, definitely, a friend.

The beta is there to help Giuseppe in driving SecurePass to something that is useful to both developers and users. New libraries are released as Open Source on GitHub and he’s looking for feedback and patches. Many heads are better then one, so please consider to join the free beta testing: for more info take a look at https://beta.secure-pass.net

My technical knowledge is too poor to allow me to assess a value, but if one of you will leave an opinion, I’ll be happy to read and share!

Happy testing!


Codemotion! C4P! -4 to go.


Curtains down on FOSSDEM and a new show is already ready to go!

Yesterday I went to the first Codemotion Techmeetup @Luissenlabs, a centre of excellence as start-ups Accelerator in Rome.

After almost an year far from home, it has been a good opportunity to meet some old good friends, among others Paola  “wonderpaolastra”  Santoro, from GGD-Rome, to whom we talked about Women in tech.

Born from the experience of Javaday, Codemotion is the event open to all (open) languages and technologies. The Italian stage of international tour will be held in Rome, from 9 to 12 April… If you’ll be around it could be interesting come and say “Hello!”. I attended a couple of editions, and I had a talk about Ubuntu some times ago, but I think nowadays Mara Marzocchi and Chiara Russo, the founders couple, gave to the event a more business oriented perspective.

Networking, Gaming and Hackhaton for a conference sponsored by Google, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, with the participation of international speakers and a huge space for Communities.

C4P is still open till 9 Febrary, and I’m wondering to submit. And you?


I bulli dei social media.

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And the first thing that flashed into my gulliver was that I’d like to have her right down there on the floor with the old in-out, real savage.


Efficacia. Essenzialità. Condivisibilità. Queste sono le tre parole chiave per creare una campagna social funzionale e sembra che per raggiungere questi obiettivi ogni strumento sia lecito.

Sui social si attacca e ci si difende. Ma sui social – e questo sembra che molti non lo abbiano capito –  si dà una idea di sé e dei propri followers.

I grandi influencer –  quelli che sanno generare traffico  – sono divisi in due grandi categorie: chi genera informazione (di prima o seconda mano) e chi invece produce solo rumore.

Sono quelli che sporcano il gioco, che inondano la socialsfera di immondizia. Sono i bulli del web, buoni solo a cavalcare l’hype del momento, gente che venderebbe la madre per un punto di Klout.

La questione è semplice: c’è chi ha qualcosa da dire e chi non ce l’ha. Chi ha qualcosa da dire non ha bisogno di urlare, non ha bisogno di alzare i pugni e fare a chi ce l’ha più grosso. Chi ha qualcosa da dire non sente il bisogno di annichilire il proprio avversario, di offenderlo, di cannibalizzarlo.

Ma c’è di più. Il bullo del social media usa il sarcasmo per mascherare la propria impotenza, ma chi segue esprime, a sua volta, la propria frustrazione. Chi offende è sempre il primo ad ammettere la propria debolezza, e chi le segue lo fa solo per nascondersi dietro il più forte. Sì, stiamo parlando di branchi di pecore.

Possiamo dire che un branco di pecore sia una community interessante?

Beh, a volte può esserlo. Dipende. Purtroppo c’è chi con i propri follower non vuole dialogare, ma comandarli a bacchetta, devono sapere  chi è il signore e padrone. “Pecore” pensavo. Ma un vero leader sa quando concedere e mostrarsi generoso agli inferiori.

Ora, ci sono responsabili della comunicazione che cercano di fare il loro lavoro in modo professionale e offrire un servizio e ci sono altri che invece semplicemente fanno rumore. Chi è davvero professionale? Chi sta costruendo davvero valore?

Un social media bullo avvelena anche te. Digli di smettere.