Adventure & security

Dave Snowden

In the presentation I used a quote from T S Eliot which I found the other day and which is apposite to the current state of affairs in complexity theory. Nothing pleases people more than to go on thinking what they have always thought, and at the same time imagine that they are thinking something new and daring: it combines the advantage of security and the delight of adventure. We see a lot of work here on complexity modelling and the like.

Innovation and National Security in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Task Force noted that leadership in innovation, research and technology since World War II has made the US the most secure and economically prosperous nation on earth. economic competitiveness and national security.”.

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On the Complex Evolution toward Mobile Digital Payments

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On September 9, Apple announced Apple Pay , an easy, secure way to make mobile payments using their latest devices , - the iPhone 6’s and Apple Watch. Apple Pay is embracing a number of industry standards , including NFC (near-field communications) for contact-less payments; Secure Element , a dedicated device chip; and network-based tokenization to protect sensitive financial data.

The Current State of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s the current state of cloud computing? “The need for superior speed and agility continues to push companies toward cloud adoption,” said a recent McKinsey article, Debunking seven common myths about cloud. Security of in-house data centers is superior to the security on cloud.

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Would a Distributed Model of Government be More Suitable for a Complex, Diverse 21st Century Democracy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While business and government have clearly different objectives, many of the challenges involved in managing a complex, fast changing organization are similar. If large global companies have had to embrace a more distributed management style, why not large, complex governments? He believes that a number of key responsibilities must remain with the federal government, including Social Security and Medicare benefits. “. Your social security number is good anywhere.”.

Ten IT Predictions for the Post-Pandemic New Normal

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Remediate and adapt : “Identify shortcomings in existing IT environments such as decision support systems, remote work, and business/IT resiliency as well as addressing shortcomings in areas such as connectivity/security introduced during initial emergency responses.”.

Could AI Reshape the Global Balance of Power?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

serious mistakes and unintended consequences if public and private sector institutions adopt powerful AI technologies before they’re ready. AI has the potential to significantly advance national security. Apply AI to National Security Missions.

How Can Blockchain Become a Truly Transformative Technology?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As firms increasingly rely on supply chain partners for many of the functions once done in-house, managing their increasingly complex operations across a network of interconnected institutions has become major challenge.

An Increasingly Digital “New Normal”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Good design aims to make our interactions with complex products and institutions, - e.g., a business, a healthcare provider, a classroom, a government function, - as appealing and intuitive as possible. Adoption of new technologies and working models.

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The Urgent Need to Strengthen the Nation’s Resilience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These included a significant expansion of government support for scientific research in universities and R&D labs, leading to product innovations from the private sector and better weapons from the defense industry, - and making the US the most prosperous and secure nation in the world.

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The Real Business of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchains support the secure exchange of value in the form of tokens. “Tokens might function as digital representations of physical assets, as a reward mechanism to incentivize network participants, or to enable the creation and exchange of new forms of value.”.

The Transformative Power of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It succinctly defines blockchain as “a shared, decentralized, cryptographically secured, and immutable digital ledger,” and then adds a few key attributes that are particularly important to enterprise blockchains: Accountability. Security. “Enterprise blockchains are fault-tolerant. But, to keep InternetOne as simple and flexible as possible, just about everything else, - including identity and security management, - became the responsibility of the applications in InternetTwo.

Blockchain - the Networked Ecosystem is the Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The essence of blockchain, notes the report , is that the unit of competition is the networked ecosystem , no longer a single enterprise. “As blockchain adoption continues to gather momentum, organizations must approach their blockchain strategies with the same rigor and commitment as any other new and transformative strategies. For example, e-mail and the Web played a crucial role in the mainstream adoption of the Internet in the early-to-mid 1990s.

Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, IBM conducted the largest study to date on the state of adoption of blockchain. These survey results are not surprising for a technology as new and complex as blockchain. With such technologies, you typically have a relatively small number of early adopters. A larger number of followers are waiting to learn from the early adopters’ experiences, while the laggards are not yet sure what the technology is about or if it applies to them.

Post-Pandemic, Is the World Likely to Become Significantly Less Flat?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

M ost everyone expects that the pandemic will accelerate the rate and pace of digitization, AI adoption and automation. Moreover, a fractured world will make solving global problems harder, including finding a vaccine and securing an economic recovery.”.

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The Economic Value of Digital Identity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a world that’s increasingly governed by digital transactions and data, our existing methods for managing security and privacy are proving inadequate. Protects user privacy and ensures control over personal data: includes strong privacy and security safeguards, while giving users access to, and control over who can access their data. Identity plays a major role in our everyday life.

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The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the breadth and complex nature of IoT-based solutions, quantifying their potential value is very difficult indeed, especially since such smart solutions , - e.g., smart cities , smart homes , smart healthcare , - are still in the very early stages of development. Home - Energy management, security, safety, and automation of home chores. Offices - Organizational and personal productivity, training, energy monitoring, building security.

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Platforms, Blockchains, and the Evolution of Trust

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The on-demand economy wouldn’t be possible without the mobile devices and platforms that enable peer-to-peer transactions among individuals any time and place; the digital payment systems that reliably and securely broker the transactions between buyers and sellers; and the social reputation systems , where people rank buyers and sellers, - a critical requirement for the smooth functioning of collaborative markets like Airbnb.

Towards a Trusted Framework for Identity and Data Sharing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As the economy and society move toward a world where interactions are primarily governed by digital data and transactions, our existing methods of managing identity and data security are proving inadequate. These include social security ID, passport number, driver’s license number, e-mail address, telephone numbers, and login IDs and passwords. Since users in Enigma are owners of their data, we use the blockchain as a decentralized secure database that is not owned by any party.

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Blockchain and the Promise of an Open, Decentralized Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These are not only complex but esoteric subjects, as nicely illustrated in this funny video. There’s generally a considerable time-lag between the time we start reading articles about their exciting potential and their adoption by companies and industries across the marketplace. This is evident by looking at the standards and governance the Internet had already adopted, as well as by the rapidly growing number of applications.

The Identity Challenge: On the Internet, Nobody Knows You're a Dog

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Better Identity in America , a report by the Better Identity Coalition , an organization launched earlier this year to focus on promoting the development and adoption of solutions for identity verification and authentication. The report outlines a policy agenda for improving the privacy and security of digital systems and help combat identity fraud. Change the way America uses the Social Security Number.

Blockchain Beyond the Hype

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain is still in its early phases of experimentation and adoption. Every piece of information in the ledger is secure because it’s encrypted using public-key cryptography , which can only be decrypted with the appropriate private key. Blockchain enables the members of an ecosystem to securely share data even if all the members are not fully trusted. But there are significant drawbacks, including performance and complexity.

Is Blockchain the Major Next Step in the Evolution of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The adoption process of foundational technologies like the Internet and blockchain is gradual, incremental and steady, because they must overcome many different kinds of barriers, - technological, organizational, governance, political. To take its major next step, the Internet must overcome three such serious limitations: security, complexity, and trust. Security . Security standards are necessary, but not sufficient. Complexity.

Impact of AI on Government - Opportunities and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

More than 80 different federal occupations, employing over 130,000 workers, are likely be significantly transformed, including 30,000 in the Treasury Department, 16,000 in Defense, and 5,000 in Transportation, as well as a variety of occupations in independent agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Government Publishing Office. Top AI challenges include bias, security, transparency, employee knowledge, and federal budget and procurement processes.

Blockchain Killer-Apps

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Spreadsheets and word processing were major factors in the 1980s adoption of personal computers, for example. And, given that blockchain is all about the creation, exchange and management of valuable assets, its applications are significantly more complex to understand and explain than Internet applications. Complex Transactions Among Institutions. However, transforming the highly complex global financial ecosystem will take considerable investment and time.

Mobile Payments - a Long, Relentless War of Attrition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It was positioned as a relatively easy, secure way to pay for purchases in physical stores as well as online using a variety of supported Apple devices including iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watch. Apple Pay embraced a number of industry standards, including NFC (near-field communications) for contact-less payments; secure element , a dedicated device chip; and network-based tokenization to protect sensitive financial data. It’s not concerns over security or ease-of-use.

The Promise and Current State of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I said that I look at the value of blockchain through two complementary lenses: enhancing the security of the Internet, and reducing the inefficiencies and overheads in applications, like supply chains, involving multiple institutions. In particular, t he design decisions that shaped the Internet back in the mid-late 1980s didn’t optimize for secure, trustworthy operations.

The Emergence of a Blockchain-Based Token Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Internet was designed to move information, but it’s lacked the necessary trust, security and privacy safeguards to move assets of value. The book lists several different types of cryptoassets: cryptocurrencies, platforms, security tokens, natural asset tokens, stablecoins, utility tokens, crypto collectives, and crypto fiat currencies Let me say a few words about the first five. Security tokens.

Shaping the Future of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

That year saw the adoption of TCP/IP , - the communications protocol that defines the Internet to this day. As is the case with any complex system, the Internet’s design has been the result of many different choices. For example, u ntil the adoption of IPv6 in the late 1990s, there was a serious concern that we would soon run out of IP addresses. As a result, there’s no one overall owner responsible for security , - arguably the biggest challenge facing the Internet.

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On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

e-mail in the mid-late 1980s and the Web a few years later played a crucial role in the widespread commercial adoption of the Internet. However, since blockchain is all about the creation, exchange and management of valuable assets, its applications are like to be considerably more complex to develop than Internet applications. payments, smart contracts, securities clearance, insurance, etc.).

Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, IBM conducted the largest study to date on the state of adoption of blockchain. These survey results are not surprising for a technology as new and complex as blockchain. With such technologies, you typically have a relatively small number of early adopters. A larger number of followers are waiting to learn from the early adopters’ experiences, while the laggards are not yet sure what the technology is about or if it applies to them.

Blockchain Killer-Apps

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Spreadsheets and word processing were major factors in the 1980s adoption of personal computers, for example. And, given that blockchain is all about the creation, exchange and management of valuable assets, its applications are significantly more complex to understand and explain than Internet applications. Complex Transactions Among Institutions. However, transforming the highly complex global financial ecosystem will take considerable investment and time.

Blockchain and Business Process Transformation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Productivity studies at both the firm level and the establishment (or plant) level during the period 1995-2008 reveal that the firms that saw high returns on their technology investments were the same firms that adopted certain productivity-enhancing business practices.”. Blockchain and Identity Complex Systems Digital Money and Payments Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and Strategy

How Will AI Likely Impact How We Work, Live and Play?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Public safety and security. “One of the more successful uses of AI analytics is in detecting white collar crime, such as credit card fraud. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and StrategyA few weeks ago I discussed whether AI is finally reaching a tipping point, mostly based on a recently published report, - Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030.

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The Slow, Steady March Towards Digital Money

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As in previous years, the Symposium convened a group of leaders in their field to explore the state of adoption of digital money and its economic and societal impacts around the world. . Last year’s symposium introduced the Digital Money Readiness Index , a set of global metrics to help quantify digital money adoption based on various measures of socio-economic development. Digital money adoption is a slow changing, long haul commitment. .

Blockchain and the Promise of an Open, Decentralized Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These are not only complex but esoteric subjects, as nicely illustrated in this funny video. There’s generally a considerable time-lag between the time we start reading articles about their exciting potential and their adoption by companies and industries across the marketplace. This is evident by looking at the standards and governance the Internet had already adopted, as well as by the rapidly growing number of applications.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These factors eventually led to significantly increased management complexities and costs. Supporting 100s of billions of IoT devices at radically lower costs requires a decentralized peer-to-peer architecture, capable of near unlimited scalability, privacy, security and the ability to handle trustless transactions. “In Cloud Computing Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Services Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strateg

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The Promise and Current State of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I said that I look at the value of blockchain through two complementary lenses: enhancing the security of the Internet, and reducing the inefficiencies and overheads in applications, like supply chains, involving multiple institutions. In particular, t he design decisions that shaped the Internet back in the mid-late 1980s didn’t optimize for secure, trustworthy operations.

The Emergence of a Blockchain-Based Token Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Internet was designed to move information, but it’s lacked the necessary trust, security and privacy safeguards to move assets of value. The book lists several different types of cryptoassets: cryptocurrencies, platforms, security tokens, natural asset tokens, stablecoins, utility tokens, crypto collectives, and crypto fiat currencies Let me say a few words about the first five. Security tokens.

Should Your Company Get on the Blockchain Learning Curve Now or Wait?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In particular, I asked whether blockchain is ready to cross the chasm from its early adopters, - who are already involved with blockchain in one way or another, - to the considerably larger set of mainstream users who may be considering blockchain but are waiting for results and assurances before jumping in. It’s still in its early adopters stage, - perhaps akin to the Internet in the late1980s. A few weeks ago I wrote about the current state of blockchain.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But the many benefits of self-driving cars and trucks are so compelling that their widespread adoption is a question of when, not if.”. Instead, every user can access the entire blockchain, and every transfer of funds from one account to another is recorded in a secure and verifiable form by using mathematical techniques borrowed from cryptography… The technology doesn’t make theft impossible, just harder.

The Continuing Evolution of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Early adopters viewed cloud as computing-on-demand. Skeptics are still not convinced that cloud can provide the necessary security, reliability, privacy and governance. So now when we ask about cloud, most companies say that their cloud environment is as secure, if not more secure, than their traditional infrastructure.” . I’ve been closely following cloud computing for a number of years, having posted my first cloud blog in March of 2008.

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The main responsibility of the institutions involved is to oversee the trustworthiness, security and efficiency of the distributed ledger system, ensuring that the cryptographic technologies and protocols have been properly implemented. For example, it allows securities to be settled in minutes instead of days. This development can enable the adoption of blockchain technology at a pace and depth not achievable by any one company or industry.