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.

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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[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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Bread, Freedom, Social Justice: A report from Egypt

David Weinberger

Right after, SCAF dictatorially issued a constitutional declaration with 63 articles including the amendments with some editorial changes. If true (which it is not), such claim would illustrate the utter failure of SCAF to maintain security on the street. A third group is simply worried about the lack of security at the voting stations. Here is an email Nagla Rizk sent to the Berkman mailing list. I’m posting it with her permission.

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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.

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.

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 remaining 21% predict there will not be much change in people’s well-being compared to now. Changing norms about speedy response and engagement.

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. The lead article set the stage when it said, "Rapid and disruptive change is now happening across new and old businesses.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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. Business or Pleasure? -

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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

The report outlines some of the world’s most-pressing environmental challenges and highlights eight blockchain-based game changers that could lead to transformative solutions to these pressing problems. The WEF report includes a short blockchain tutorial.

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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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. A recent task force on Innovation and National Security noted that “Washington has failed to maintain adequate levels of public support and funding for basic science.

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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.

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? Sensemaker crowdsourcers are designed to extend over time, in order to observe how various events or interventions or actions change people’s mental landscapes over time.

Education, Work and US Leadership in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Leadership in the Twenty-First Century , a report by a CFR-sponsored Task Force to assess the future of work and its implications for the US economy and national security. The report organized its detailed Findings into seven major areas.

Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains - How Are They Doing After 10 Years?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Bitcoin aimed to become a decentralized cryptocurrency and digital payment system that would enable the secure exchange of digital money without the need for central government authorities or financial intermediaries.

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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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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 Economic Value of Artificial Intelligence

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

PwC recently released a report on the potential economic value of AI to different regions and industry sectors around the world. The report’s overriding finding is that AI is the biggest commercial opportunity for companies, industries and nations over the next few decades.

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The Jobs Outlook for 2022

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released The Future of Jobs Report 2018. T he report takes an in-depth look at the world of work in what the WEF calls the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Drivers of Change.

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Leveraging AI to Transform Government

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“AI has the potential to help address many of our country’s pervasive problems and advance our safety, health and well-being,” said The Future Has Begun , a report on the impact of AI on government by the Partnership for Public Service and the IBM Center for the Business of Government. “ That promise has great potential to transform government.”. “The most challenging problems AI may help us solve - from fighting terrorists to serving vulnerable populations - will involve government.

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Blockchain Killer-Apps

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In my opinion, there will likely be two major kinds of blockchain killer-apps: those primarily aimed at reducing the friction and overheads in complex transaction involving multiple institutions; and those primarily aimed at strengthening the security and privacy of the Internet through identity management and data sharing. In a digital world, the way we regulate and maintain administrative control has to change.”.

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.

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.

Blockchain Beyond the Hype

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A recent issue of The Economist included a special report on cryptocurrencies and blockchains. Even The Economist has been guilty of overselling when it featured blockchain in the cover of its October 31, 2015 issue with the tag line “The Trust Machine: How the technology behind Bitcoin could change the world.” . 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.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The WEF report compared the blockchain to the Internet, noting that “Like the Internet, the blockchain is an open, global infrastructure upon which other technologies and applications can be built. Blockchain Revolution reminds us that the Internet “has enabled many positive changes - for those with access to it - but it has serious limitations for business and economic activity… Doing business on the Internet requires a leap of faith.”. Security .