Securing the Foundations of our Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Commission was charged with “recommending bold, actionable steps that the government, private sector, and the nation as a whole can take to bolster cybersecurity in today’s digital world, and reporting back by the beginning of December.”. On December 1 the Commission issued its final Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. Why wasn’t stronger security designed into the original Internet infrastructure?

[shorenstein][liveblog] Juliette Kayyem on communicating about security

David Weinberger

Juliette Kayyem , a former Boston Globe columnist, a commentator, Homeland Security advisor to Gov. Deval Patrick, and a former candidate for governor of Massachusetts, is giving a Shorenstein Center talk about how to talk with the public about security issues. Juliette oversaw the local Homeland Security response to the Marathon Bombing and had participated in the security planning. She learned that last lesson from her security experience.


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Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a world that’s increasingly governed by digital transactions and data, our existing methods for managing security and privacy are no longer adequate. Last month, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published an excellent report, A Blueprint for Digital Identity. I found the report very helpful in helping me better understand it. FIs could derive substantial benefit from investing in the development of digital identity solutions,” the report further adds.

Change in Education and What Needs to be Done

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Published as Change in Education and What Needs to be Done , 15 pages, 2020, Maysan Center for Future Studies. In recent months we as a global community have experienced a hard lesson about the nature of change. Either way, what we do today will change what happens tomorrow.

The Internet of Things is Changing the World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“How the world will change as computers spread into everyday objects,” is the title of the lead article in a comprehensive review of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a r ecent issue of The Economist.

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Unlock your potential with Towards Maturity’s 2016-17 Learning Benchmark Report

Jane Hart

Today, Towards Maturity released their 2016-17 Learning Benchmark Report: Unlocking Potential: Releasing the potential of the business and its people through learning. I was honoured to be asked to write the Foreword to this year’s, and I am reproducing it here in order to provide a taster of what you will find in the full report and encourage you to get hold of a copy for yourself and unlock your own potential!

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[shorenstein] Farnaz Fassihi on Reporting from the Middle East

David Weinberger

I’m at a Shorenstein lunchtime talk where Farnaz Fassihi is giving a talk titled “Reporting from the Middle East.” She was a reporter for the Newark Star-Ledger on 9/11. “How we approach reporting has significantly changed” since she first went to Afghanistan she says. Now journalists have security guards, and there are zones into which journalists simply don’t go. It can be extremely frustrating as a reporter.

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The Challenges of Automation in a Fast Changing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Technological innovation should be embraced,” notes Automation and a Changing Economy , a recently published report by The Aspen Institute. “Automation has been a largely positive economic and social force, and looking forward, automation will be necessary to feed, house, and raise the living standards of a growing and aging population.” . Let me summarize the key conclusions and recommendations in each of the report’s two sections.

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The True Value of a Good Education: Adaptability to a Changing Environment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In his 1945 seminal report, Science The Endless Frontier , presidential science advisor Vannevar Bush laid out the blueprint for R&D in post-war America: “New knowledge can be obtained only through basic scientific research” conducted in universities and research labs, which is then applied to develop new products by the private sector and new and improved weapons by the defense sector.

Security Issues and and Business Opportunities - Panel

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The challenge is how to minimize the privacy and security risk without compromising health care. As the keynote said, you can paralyze the good stuff by trying to secure everything. In Canada - here is no legislation to inform people about breaches of security - in the U.S. there is - 40 percent of medicaid companes have experienced a security breach in the last year - we don't know that level in Canada. They need help on security, compliance, risk management,etc.

Cloud and “Game Changing” Business Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, IBM’s Institute for Business Value published a very good report - The Power of Cloud: Driving Business Model Innovation. According to the report “cloud empowers six potentially game changing business enablers”: . market adaptability - rapid prototyping and innovation to quickly respond to rapidly changing market conditions; . e-books is another widely used, game changing cloud application that is already transforming the book publishing industry.

New Pew Research Report: The Future of Digital Life and Well-Being

Beth Kanter

The Pew Research Center has released a research report called “ The Future of Digital Life and Well-Being.” The report, The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World , was designed to answer the question: Over the next decade, how will changes in digital life impact people’s overall well-being physically and mentally? The remaining 21% predict there will not be much change in people’s well-being compared to now.

Privacy, Security and Trust: Challenges for the Intangible Economy

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

How do I as a paranoid security person deal with all the baggage I bring to the discussion? I see identity management as the real issue that is going to link security and privacy. I cannot engage most security professionals in discussions about privacy. And vice versa. -- Part One Personal baggage - I have a defence and security background. The real advancement in the discussion is going to come from the privacy advocates, not the security advocates.

Putting It All Together. Privacy, Security, Cybercrime and Safety

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So I forwarded it to the security team saying 'login in and fix what is wrong'. What you say online is not private, it is not secure, it is what you put on the billboard on I-15. So - when you get these emails that say you can get software way below market - they know you're not going to report it to anybody. You may wear several hats, and your perspective may change. Your perspective may change on that. That has to change. You are not secure.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Innovation, Fundamental Research and Universities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Main | A Grand Challenge Crying Out for Leadership » November 26, 2007 Innovation, Fundamental Research and Universities The October 13 issue of The Economist included a special report on innovation. The lead article set the stage when it said, "Rapid and disruptive change is now happening across new and old businesses.

A Call for Change at United: A Statement from Annie and Perry Klebahn

Bob Sutton

  A Google search last night revealed it was reported in at least 160 outlets – including England, France, and Germany with the facts based only on the post written here, Annie and Perry’s complaint letter, and United’s tepid apology.    Note that it does not question any of the facts put forth by Annie and Perry and also note that no attempt was made to reach out to Annie and Perry until United was contacted by NBC reporter Diane Dwyer.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Hybrid Models of Capitalism

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Titled “Going Hybrid” , it is the lead article in a special report on business in Japan. It examines the changes taking place in Japanese companies in the past decade as they are developing a new industrial model that combines elements of the old Japanese way of doing things with some carefully chosen bits of American capitalism.

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About face

Doc Searls

If that person returns in the future and the facial-recognition software detects them, security will be dispatched to ask the gambler to leave.” For example, in Barcelona, CaixaBank is rolling out facial recognition at its ATMs, claiming that 70% of surveyed customers are ready to use it as an alternative to keying in a PIN, and that “66% of respondents highlighted the sense of security that comes with facial recognition.” We can know more than we can tell.

Cloud Computing and the Changing Role of the CIO

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I now want to turn my attention to cloud computing, and its impact as a key driver of the changing role of the CIO. In a just published report by the McKinsey Global Institute , Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy , cloud is listed as one of 12 technologies with significant potential to drive economic impact and disruption by 2025. Who is ultimately responsible for the security of the data in question?

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Egypt: Cairo, tens of thousands of people protesting

Martijn Linssen

Twitter has been reported to be down in Egypt, but protesters are using proxy sites and other means to get tweets, Facebook updates, pictures and videos out of the country and spread immediately. Vodafone Egypt denied blocking any site, saying its a nation-wide issue 30,000 people are reported to protest in Alexandria, 50,000 in Cairo, 6,000 in Mansoura, and more in Aswan, Quina, Arish, Mahala Update 17:08 CET: theres a live cam you can follow offered by

Ushahidi Wins MacArthur Award: Changing the World One Map at a Time

Beth Kanter

The purpose of the tool was to empower Kenyans to document and report on incidents in real-time, giving the media, governments, and relief organizations a true picture of what was happening on the ground. Specifically, the award will stock a cash reserve to alleviate fluctuations in funding, enable the development of technology security measures to protect users of Ushahidi, and allow Ushahidi plan strategically for the next phase of their growth.

The Current State of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months later, The Economist published a special report on cloud computing with several articles on the subject. Computing has constantly changed shape and location - mainly as a result of new technology, but often also because of shifts in demand.

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Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On November 18, the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future released its final report , The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines. An interim report was released in September, 2019. The Task Force comprehensive report covers a lot of ground.

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New Directions for Government in the Digital Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Companies - especially large, global corporations - have leveraged digital innovations to improve their productivity and competitiveness and adapt better to these powerful technology and market changes. Ensure security, privacy, autonomy, and citizen-owned identities.

Ten years after

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

The rules have changed. Tossing around on a sea of turbulent change, companies that can’t respond to new situations rapidly are sunk. These “strategic inflection points,” as Andy Grove calls these transitional moments, arrive when conditions change and existing businesses do not adapt. The coming of the network age is as big a change as any of us are likely to see. Revolutionary change calls for revolutionary action. Seismic change cannot be delegated.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Talent, Innovation and Competitiveness

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. I was a member of the reports Advisory Committee and participated in the Washington forum. I think it is primarily due to the changing nature of innovation in the 21st century. This kind of talent is more important than ever, given the increasingly complex, fast changing, competitive world we live in.

International Organizations and Social Media: News, Engagement, and Social Data for Policy Change

Beth Kanter

It includes international trade and development, security, micro-finance, LBGT rights, renewable energy advocacy, water policy, security, human rights for indigenous people, terrorism financing, refugee protection policies and rights, law enforcement, trafficking, peace in conflict areas, and poverty reduction. I’ve spent some time taking a look at various reports, studies, and International organizations and the use of networks and social media.

The Canadian Government and Cryptocurrency

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

link] "The country that changes their laws the fastest, that changes their regulations the fastest, that helps, for example, accommodate block chain and cryptocurrency technologies the fastest, will have major socio economic benefits" (That's basically all he says about crypto in this short talk). Still, it has taken part in a pilot project, called Project Jasper (see below) and authored a number of reports examining the impact of digital currency.

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 Intriguing Nature of Non-Fungible Tokens

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

First, blockchain technologies can help us enhance the security of Internet transactions and data, by developing a layer with the required standard services and their open source implementations for secure communication, storage and data access.

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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. The report outlines five key recommendations for addressing the identity challenge.

Steven Berlin Johnson « | Main | » Maybe Lost could start its own little book club : Seen briefly on the ABC hit series "Lost," a surreal comic novel by an Irish author who died 40 years ago has been rescued from obscurity,Reuters reported. The Others could be trying to secure franchise rights to the Twilight Zone Dairy Queen. My Books The Ghost Map The latest: the story of a terrifying outbreak of cholera in 1854 London 1854 that ended up changing the world.

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COVID-19 The Future of Society

Dave Snowden

This system is going to open for the next couple of weeks, but a week Friday will see us write the key reports which are aimed at securing both an understanding of possible future states, but also to seek funding to make this a much wider programme. Who will work to constrain change?

Trends That Will Likely Shape a Highly Uncertain Year

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These measures helped make the US the most prosperous and secure nation in the world, as well as the undisputed leader in science, engineering, medicine and other disciplines, and led to the creation or expansion of the NSF, NIH, DARPA, NASA and the DOE labs.

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The Digitalization of the American Workforce

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The digitalization of everything has both increased the potential of individuals and societies while contributing to widespread anxiety about its impact on jobs and economic inequalities. “And yet, for all of the evidence that big changes are underway, surprisingly little data exists to track the spread of digital adoption.”. Low digital occupations have a score below 33, and include security guards - 31; restaurant cooks, - 18; construction laborers - 17; and personal care aides - 14.

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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. Earlier this year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published an excellent report, A Blueprint for Digital Identity. These include social security ID, passport number, driver’s license number, e-mail address, telephone numbers, and login IDs and passwords.

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How Will the Pandemic Reshape Labor Markets?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Autor and Reynolds are cochairs of the ongoing MIT Work of the Future task force, whose interim report was published in the (pre-Covid) Fall of 2019. Such changes in urban life would severely impact the employment prospects of urban non-college-educated service workers.

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Blockchain’s Potential for Environmental Applications

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In mid-September, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released Building Block(chain)s for a Better Planet , a report that examined how blockchain technologies could be harnessed to address serious environmental issues, better manage our shared global environment and help drive sustainable growth and value creation. The WEF report includes a short blockchain tutorial. Water security : “The world’s demand for water has grown by around 1% per year.

Blockchains: the Promise of More Frictionless, Trusted Economies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A recent IBM report, - Fast forward: Rethinking enterprises, ecosystems and economies with blockchains , - harks back to Coase’s paper to analyze the potential value of blockchains. The report notes that while transaction costs are lower within firms, “in recent years as enterprises have scaled, the added complexity of operations has grown exponentially while revenue growth has remained linear. Why wasn’t stronger security designed into the original Internet infrastructure?

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The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Commission is charged with “recommending bold, actionable steps that the government, private sector, and the nation as a whole can take to bolster cybersecurity in today’s digital world, and reporting back by the beginning of December.”. Former national security advisor Tom Donilon and former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano serve as chair and vice-chair respectively. Not surprisingly, change comes slowly to such a complex ecosystem. The Internet changed all that.

Peering into a Confusing, Paradoxical Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Every four years since 1997, the US National Intelligence Council has been publishing a Global Trends report on the key trends that will shape the world over the following twenty years. This unclassified strategic report is intended to provide the incoming administration and other senior leaders with a framework for long-range policy assessment. The latest Global Trends report, Paradox of Progress , was released earlier this year. The nature of conflict is changing.

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Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In early August, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published two excellent reports: A Blueprint for Digital Identity , - which I wrote about a few weeks ago, - and The future of financial infrastructure: An ambitious look at how blockchain can reshape financial services , - which I’d now like to discuss. The future of financial infrastructure report is based on a year long study involving industry leaders, regulators and other subject matter experts.

Competing Against “Digital Invaders”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report organized its findings and recommendations into three main areas: Preparing for digital invaders; Creating a panoramic perspective; and Be first, be best or be nowhere. This competitive shift is caused primarily by rapidly changing technologies and markets. The more nebulous your enemies and the faster the pace of change, the wider - and further - you need to look.