Securing the Foundations of our Digital Economy
JANUARY 2, 2017
On December 1 the Commission issued its final Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. Large-scale fraud, data breaches, and identity thefts are becoming more common. Why wasn’t stronger security designed into the original Internet infrastructure?
Towards a Trusted Framework for Identity and Data Sharing
NOVEMBER 14, 2016
I was a member of a panel on how government, business and research communities can collaborate in developing workable identity solutions. These include social security ID, passport number, driver’s license number, e-mail address, telephone numbers, and login IDs and passwords.
cooperation, measurement, security and more
AUGUST 28, 2015
5) Learning might lead to collaborative works. Constant, short, safe-to-fail experiments that give us empirical data on what works. Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.
Open, Collaborative Trust Frameworks
DECEMBER 15, 2011
ID³ , - the Institute for Institutional Innovation by Data Driven Design, - is a new multidisciplinary non-profit institution formed to develop architectural frameworks, open source software and educational content for the protection, sharing and monetization of sensitive data. Open, collaborative approaches have been successfully applied to the development of some of the most consequential, disruptive initiatives of the past few decades, like the World Wide Web and Linux.
Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data
MARCH 20, 2013
For several years now, big data has been one of the hottest topics in the IT industry. But, what do we mean by big data ? A number of recent articles have been sounding the alarm that big data may be at the peak of inflated expectations in Gartner’s hype cycle.
AI and Public Policy
JANUARY 23, 2017
AI was reborn in the 1990s by embracing our current data-driven paradigm based on analyzing vast amounts of information with powerful computers and sophisticated algorithms. AI applications and data could reflect the biases of their designers, raising issues of fairness.
The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things
JULY 14, 2015
Home - Energy management, security, safety, and automation of home chores. Offices - Organizational and personal productivity, training, energy monitoring, building security. Privacy, Security, Confidentiality and IP. Data is absolutely essential to IoT systems.
Unlocking Data for Philanthropy: Notes from Global Philanthropy Forum Session
APRIL 18, 2013
I went to cover one session, “ Building An Information Infrastructure: Unlocking Data for Philanthropy.” ” For further context on mindset and work practice changes in philanthropy to embrace data, here’s some points from Lucy Bernholz.
Is the Blockchain Now Reaching a Tipping Point?
AUGUST 2, 2016
These various institutions now collaborated on developing the common Internet architecture, - and Internet-based applications like e-mail and the Web, - that they all were starting to deploy. . The urgent need to collaborate.
The Future of Financial Services
JUNE 23, 2015
In 2010, the BBC and the British Museum collaborated in a project called A History of the World , based on one hundred objects from the collection of the British Museum, around which you can tell the history of humanity over the past two million years. Big data is one such disruptor.
International Organizations and Social Media: News, Engagement, and Social Data for Policy Change
JANUARY 14, 2014
I’ve been curating infographics summarizing social media and social network studie s of American and global audiences, but one of the best resources global social media and mobile data is We Are Social. Social Media Data and Public Policy.
From Mass Production to Mass Individualism
JULY 16, 2014
The Collaborative Economy , a 2013 report by Jeremiah Owyang , nicely explains the evolution of this Internet-based economy, and the associated shift of economic power from institutions to individuals. The collaborative economy represents the evolution of the social media era.
How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?
APRIL 7, 2015
And, at the bleeding-edges of complexity are data-driven AI systems , which are generally based on statistical analysis and machine learning methods. . These smart products and systems tend to be software-intensive, people-centric, and data-driven.
The Digital Evolution Index
AUGUST 25, 2015
The report, - based on a research study by the Fletcher School in collaboration with MasterCard * , - explores the economic transformations taking place around the world as countries continue their evolution toward the 21st century digital age.
The Promise and Challenges of Health Analytics
MARCH 17, 2015
The event was sponsored by MIT Connection Science , a recently organized research initiative aimed at leveraging data science to quantify and analyze human behaviors, and to leverage the new insights thus obtained in key societal applications, including healthcare, transportation and finance.
Shaping the Future of the Internet
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Fundamentally, the Internet is a general purpose data network supporting a remarkable variety of applications. A major reason for its adaptability is that it’s stuck to its basic data-transport mission, i.e., just moving bits around. Actionable Data.
Leveraging the Passions of Fans
DECEMBER 10, 2014
From time to time it hosts what it calls Think & Do events that bring together students, faculty members, research staff, industry executives, artists, entrepreneurs and policy makers to collaboratively explore new research ideas.
Reflections from 2011 – A World Without Email – The Documentary
JANUARY 6, 2012
into an incredibly powerful social messaging and notification system of content that’s stored elsewhere, i.e. social networking, collaborative and knowledge sharing tools eventually. Collaboration Communities Enterprise2.0
Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle
AUGUST 22, 2016
His 2006 Wikinomics predicted the rise of mass collaboration in what became known a few years later as the On Demand Economy. Why wasn’t stronger security designed into the original Internet protocols? Privacy - “People should control their own data.
Security Issues and and Business Opportunities - Panel
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JULY 30, 2007
David Townsend New knowledge is best created in collaborative environments. The key question is whether government and industry can collaborate successfully in a complex regulatory environment. 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.
Privacy, Security and Trust: Challenges for the Intangible Economy
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
AUGUST 2, 2007
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.
Tear the walls down: Jericho and the future of enterprise tech
NOVEMBER 16, 2011
As Jericho Forum puts it: The huge explosion in business collaboration and commerce on the Web means that today’s traditional approaches to securing a network boundary are at best flawed, and at worst ineffective. Increasingly, information will flow between business organizations over shared and third-party networks, so that ultimately the only reliable security strategy is to protect the information itself, rather than the network and the IT infrastructure.
Firewalls and Security in Software as a Service
MAY 22, 2006
One of the interesting outcomes of my recent course - Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 The other big hurdle is the question of security. Generally, I think you will find that hosts provide fairly reasonable control, but you will want to check into their security approach. The security issue not new. The advice from an article in CFO Magazine: Data security. Look at security.
Competing Against “Digital Invaders”
OCTOBER 4, 2016
After analyzing the survey data, - including the use of Watson Analytics to extract inferences from open-ended responses, - IBM published its findings in Redefining Boundaries: Insights from the Global C-suite Study.
The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World
MARCH 13, 2017
We once more had to carefully explain our reasons for supporting Linux, including the value of collaborating with an open community that included some of the best programmers and computer scientists around the world.
Launch of the Transformation of Government framework
JULY 19, 2011
Security. Data and storage. Collaborative organizations. The vast majority of my work over the years has been in the business sector, however I am increasingly being pulled into government and the public sector.
DECEMBER 17, 2015
At the work team level, you want people to be able to communicate with one another effectively, and collaborate to find answers. This latter naturally implies good communication and collaboration tools as well, but here the community is not only within the organization, but outside as well.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Product enhancements - Technology advances are giving rise to a large variety of smart connected products and services, combining sensors, software, data, analytics and connectivity in all kinds of ways.
I Know It When I See It
JANUARY 27, 2009
Established vendors of collaboration software are modifying their offerings and repositioning them as social software platforms that have all the features and functions necessary to support the new modes of interacting and getting work done. – are just windowdressing on products that are still essentially geared for Collaboration 1.0. Whose products at present come closest to enabling Web 2.0-style collaboration and interaction in enterprise environments?
The Blockchain and Open Innovation
JANUARY 12, 2016
In addition to developing standards and organizing promotional activities, these various organization make available open source implementations of their software releases, thus encouraging collaborative, open innovation.
Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MARCH 4, 2015
This program builds on the National Research Council''s deep connection to the e-learning industry, including collaboration and commercialization across the sector. NRC''s track record in this sector includes the leadership role it played in the eduSource network of learning object repositories, the Sifter/Filter content recommender later commercialized as Racofi, sentiment analysis in learning, the Synergic3 collaborative workflow system, and more.
Is the cloud hastening the demise of the LMS?
MARCH 30, 2012
This specification provides a way for courses running in IMS-conformant Learning Management systems to securely access remote content, tools and services, and receive back user’s results. Access to learning tools like collaboration spaces, wikis, discussions, and blogs was only available if you created proprietary packages and used the native LMS capabilities. LEARNING REACHES TO THE CLOUD.
What's the Future of Jobs?
SEPTEMBER 5, 2016
Sure, data analysts are in hot demand now, but how long will it be before artificial intelligence automates much of this activity? To harness these job opportunities, we’ll need to be prepared to leave the largely illusory security of working as an employee and instead build our own small business by seeing an untapped opportunity and being willing to take the risk of investing our time and effort in addressing that opportunity.
Can We Truly Be Happy At Work?
MAY 5, 2016
Jan-Emmanuel De Neve of University College London and Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick studied data from over 15,000 young adults and adolescents and they came across a startling finding. ” If you stop and think about it, the various data points actually makes a lot of sense.
Why Blockchains Could Transform How the Economy Works
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
Starting over 50 years ago, institutions have been transforming their paper-based ledgers into highly sophisticated IT applications and data bases. Blockchains enable institutions who don’t know or trust each other to build highly secure and scalable ledgers of all sorts.
Education Technology Strategies - Day One
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
really sensitive ultra-microscope - you can''t be in the same room as it) - lets them engage in authentic instrumental experimentation - allows students to collaborate with classmates (even around the world) - prepares students for the future of science - But: does not prepare them for *all* learning objectives in a lab, eg, the actual working with samples, equipment - How do remote systems work?
The Only Person Who Behaves Sensibly Is My Tailor
NOVEMBER 24, 2014
However extrapolating the context and outcomes to make any sense of this type of data requires a series of further steps that are orders of magnitude along the path to providing meaningful insight. So why is there an obsession to gather this data? Some data may be readily available.
On the Complex Evolution toward Mobile Digital Payments
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
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.
The Science of Cities
OCTOBER 24, 2012
Just about all the critical infrastructures and institutions of society come together in a metropolitan area, including transportation, energy, healthcare, commerce, finance, education, security, entertainment, food, water and on and on and on. Big data , sophisticated analytics , and powerful supercomputers are among the most exciting new research capabilities for understanding, designing and operating complex sociotechnical systems. .
Digital Common Law
JUNE 21, 2012
On May 30 and 31 I attended a meeting in Washington, the Rights and Bytes: Law and Big Data Workshop. The workshop explored progress in developing effective, legally sound, software-based solutions for the management of digital identities and for the protection and sharing of sensitive data. The envisioned system would seek to leverage the powers of Big Data while empowering users to control how their personal information can be used.