The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic growth has two main components, productivity growth and the growth of the labor force. The 2016 US fertility rate was the lowest it’s ever been. I ncreasing productivity is thus more crucial than ever to promote economic growth. US labor productivity grew at only 1.5%

Is the Blockchain Now Reaching a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published its annual list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016. So, I’d like to compare the state of the blockchain in 2016 to the state of the Internet 25 years ago or so.

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The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Then in the 1990s, the open Internet protocol, - TCP/IP , - was widely embraced by the general IT marketplace, making it possible to interconnect systems and applications from any vendors. Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned.

The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Everyone was using the same standards, including open source implementations of key protocols. These collaborations have led to the creation of standards, open source software and governance processes embraced by all participants.

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The Prosperity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

If the case of light is representative of those products that have caused tectonic shifts in output and consumption, then this raises the question of whether the conventional measures of real-output and real-wage growth over the last two centuries come close to capturing the true growth.”.

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a new business ideology

Harold Jarche

which flow around and support the core product and service value chain. These are intangible products that can be exchanged, as indeed people can and do trade favors to build relationships.” – Verna Allee. Very few organizations are truly open. “Ideas lead technology.

Building a Solid Library of Use Cases

Luis Suarez

Asking Questions Openly: And, finally, one of my favourite business practices and use cases that I keep advocating for in terms of helping knowledge workers transition from the good old mantra of ‘ knowledge is power ’ to ‘ knowledge shared is power ’.

[berkman] Dries Buytaert

David Weinberger

It currently has 750 people working on products and services for Drupal. Drupal was (and is) Open Source, a concept that most people didn’t understand. “How can we save the open Web?,” What do we mean by the open or closed Web? The open web is characterized by: Creative freedom — you could create any site you wanted and style it anyway you pleased. Decentralized — open standards connected the pieces.

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Global Science Excellence in Canada

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

An innovative private sector is critical to translate Canada’s high-quality knowledge production into marketable products that bring productivity gains and deliver commercial solutions to various industries." And the Forest Products Association of Canada argues "greater federal support in research and development would help maximize engagement in the forest sector’s innovation agenda." Consider openness, for example. In other words, the data should be Open."

Institutions and Openness

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It’s because I respect the work that all of us do in the open — faculty, students, staff — and want to see that work plugged as deeply into the university as the textbook industry used to be. To be open, it has to be supported by more than just an institution. Sometimes they exert a productive influence, such as voter turnout through registration, clean cities through the fixing of broken windows, and the like.

What’s wrong with bots is they’re not ours

Doc Searls

The time was April 2016, and the place was Facebook’s F8 conference. In Market intelligence that flows both ways , I describe one such approach, based on open source code, that doesn’t require locating your soul inside a giant personal data extraction business.

Blockchain Killer-Apps

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A killer app is an IT application whose value is simple to explain, its use is fairly intuitive, and the application turns out to be so useful that it helps propel the success of a product or service.

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On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that

Doc Searls

It was released as open-source software in 2009. “An open-source, public, blockchain-based distributed computing platform featuring smart contract (scripting) functionality, which facilitates online contractual agreements.

GDPR will pop the adtech bubble

Doc Searls

The latest winners they’ve posted are the Best in Show for 2016. According to a source, one research study on this type of opt-out mechanism led to opt-out rates of more than 70%. One big upside for IAB Europe is that its Framework contains open source code and an SDK.

Blockchain Killer-Apps

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A killer app is an IT application whose value is simple to explain, its use is fairly intuitive, and the application turns out to be so useful that it helps propel the success of a product or service. In August of 2016, the WEF published a very good report on how blockchain can help reshape the financial services industry. The more data sources a trusted ecosystem has access to, the higher the probability of detecting fraud and identity theft.

Risks to Gartner’s smartphone forecasts: will Microsoft beat Apple, Nokia execute, and Samsung fail?

Ross Dawson

Apple COO Tim Cook recently said that Apple products should not be “just for the rich&# and they are “not ceding any market&#. We are at the point in technology and supply chain development at which an iPhone-style product can be delivered at a low price point.

Open Learning, Open Networks

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Open online learning entered the mainstream with the growth and popularity of MOOCs, but while interest in open online courses has never been greater MOOCs represent only the first step in a broader open learning infrastructure. Preliminaries: Openness Downtown Syracuse.

eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

link] December 3-14, 2012 Open Content Licensing for Educators (#OCL4Ed), organized by the OER Foundation, offered online. link] December 4-6, 2012 International Symposium on Open, Distance, and e-Learning (ISODEL), Bali, Indonesia. Clayton R.