“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Or, do we also need social policies to promote job creation and assist workers who’ve lost their jobs? One of the Foreign Affairs articles, - The Next Safety Net: Social Policy for a Digital Age by Nicolas Colin and Bruno Palier , - offers some answers to these questions. “As

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. However, “Chinese theft of intellectual property (IP) and its market-manipulating industrial policies threaten U.S.

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Securing the Foundations of our Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On December 1 the Commission issued its final Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. Technological advancement is outpacing security and will continue to do so unless we change how we approach and implement cybersecurity strategies and practices.

cooperation, measurement, security and more

Harold Jarche

Teachers and many parents understand that children’s development is far too complex to capture with an hour or two taking a standardized test. Politicians believe that testing must be the cornerstone of any education policy.

Fidelity in complex systems consultancy

Dave Snowden

Returning yesterday from my first TedX in Cyprus I was chatting with Sonja Blignaut about some upcoming activities and differences between approaches to sense-making and complexity. In a complex system we: start journeys with a general sense of direction but without precise targets.

the complexity of capitalism

Harold Jarche

And like all instruments it appeals to a certain instrumental logic, one that craves a simpler world and shies away from complexity. Can the idea that we should control how we move through a city be made a matter of public policy? ” Understanding Complexity , via @pourquoi.

Complexity and Design in Warfare

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The workshop explored how design-oriented approaches can help us better understand and deal with the very complex problems we are increasingly encountering in all aspects of business, economies, government, public policy, military operations and society in general. Its mission is to explore new ideas and emerging trends that will help support high-level Department of Defense (DoD) policy and strategy. A significant goal of CACD is a shared understanding of complex problems.

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While the skeptics’ concerns, - security, reliability, privacy, costs and others, - are quite real, the hardest part of implementing cloud strategies has little to do with technology. It has mostly to do with governance, policies, and regulations, as well as with cultural and organizational issues. Cloud computing is a highly complex initiative - at the technical, business and organizational levels. In June of 2008 I participated in a conference on cloud computing.

Security Issues and and Business Opportunities - Panel

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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. They need help on security, compliance, risk management,etc.

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.”.

The Third Wave of the Digital Economy - Promises and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Atkinson is founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a think tank focused on science and technology policy. They need to make the next-wave digital evolution a central policy goal. Support policies where the benefits are largely unequivocal.

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The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

The Times’ Paywall and Newsletter Economics » The Collapse of Complex Business Models. In 1988, Joseph Tainter wrote a chilling book called The Collapse of Complex Societies. Every one of those groups had rich traditions, complex social structures, advanced technology, but despite their sophistication, they collapsed, impoverishing and scattering their citizens and leaving little but future archeological sites as evidence of previous greatness. Clay Shirky.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

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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. Public Policy.

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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.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These survey results are not surprising for a technology as new and complex as blockchain. Traditionally, intermediaries have taken on the role of trust keepers, adding costs, delays and complexity to the processing of transactions.

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. I really liked how Johnson explained the fundamental problem with the Internet that blockchain is helping us address: identity and security.

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.

On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In addition to developing standards and organizing technical, industry and policy activities, these various organization make available open source implementations of their software releases, thus encouraging collaborative, open innovation.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Section II looks into AI’s overall impact on various sectors of the economy, while the third Section, examines AI issues related to public policy. Public safety and security. “One of the more successful uses of AI analytics is in detecting white collar crime, such as credit card fraud.

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The Future of Financial Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Fast changing technologies and rising complexities lead to the emergence of a few major ICT-based ecosystem leaders - e.g., Apple, Amazon, Google, - while traditional financial institutions, unable to compete, gradually fade away. Privacy and security become key competitive advantages.

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The MIT Intelligence Quest

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In addition, the initiative will explore the societal and ethical implications of AI, including the impact of AI on the future of work and on public policy. How does human intelligence work, in biological as well as in engineering terms?

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The Digital Evolution Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Measurements include available bandwidth, access to digital content, security of transactions, business use of IT, consumer financial services, and quality of roads. Institutional Environment : Are government policies and regulations facilitating the creation of digital ecosystems?

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A Novel Approach for Measuring the True Impact of the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While suitable when economies were dominated by the production of physical goods, GDP doesn’t adequately capture the growing share and variety of services and the development of increasingly complex solutions in our 21st century digital economy.

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Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In modern societies, decision systems provide a leader the ability to make informed and timely decisions, supported by a complex enterprise of distributed information and communication systems that provide situational awareness.

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The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report makes the case that over the past half-century, research-based scientific and technological advancements have been the main drivers of economic growth and job creation, and their impact will likely rise in our increasingly complex, knowledge-based society.

The Continuing Evolution of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.” .

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Realizing the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, - e.g., Internet of Things , health analytics , smart cities , autonomous vehicles , - requires considerable support and actions from policy makers.

Talking about the Network Era

Harold Jarche

Aging contentions that turning to “the government” or “the market” is the way to address particular public-policy issues will eventually give way to innovative ideas that “the network” is the optimal solution. Sensemaking should drive policy. Policy drives decisions.

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 Nature of the Firm in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization that aims “to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.” Firms will keep expanding and adding people as long as doing so is less expensive than securing the additional services in the marketplace.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These survey results are not surprising for a technology as new and complex as blockchain. Traditionally, intermediaries have taken on the role of trust keepers, adding costs, delays and complexity to the processing of transactions.

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. Their deployment time-lags are longer because attaining their full benefits requires a number of complementary co-inventions and investments, including additional technologies, applications, processes, business models, and regulatory policies. I really liked how Johnson explained the fundamental problem with the Internet that blockchain is helping us address: identity and security.

The Science of Cities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Urban systems are the quintessential example of complex sociotechnical systems , the emerging field studying systems that combine powerful and ubiquitous digital technologies with the people and organizations they are transforming. Such systems exhibit a level of complexity that, until recently, has often been beyond our ability to understand and control. Complex systems have very large number of components. Moreover, cities are complex systems of systems.

Rethinking Personal Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It is safe and secure, but largely stagnant and underutilized.”. But, personal data lacks the trading rules and policy frameworks that exist for widely traded physical assets. This a complex, emotionally charged debate. . They rarely read the privacy policies of the organizations providing these services, which are usually written in hard-to-comprehend legal language. In the end, the system will be as secure as its weakest link. .

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A Novel Approach for Measuring the True Impact of the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Gross domestic product (GDP) , the basic measure of a country’s overall economic output, is generally used by governments to inform their policies and decisions. “What we measure affects what we do; and if our measurements are flawed, decisions may be distorted,” noted a 2009 Commission convened to look at the adequacy of GDP as an indicator of economic performance, - which was led by Nobel-prize winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen.

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The MIT Intelligence Quest

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In addition, the initiative will explore the societal and ethical implications of AI, including the impact of AI on the future of work and on public policy. It includes the use of machine-learning models for consumer credit risk management and applications of secure multi-party computation to financial regulation. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Future of Work Innovation Smart Systems Technology and Strategy

Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In modern societies, decision systems provide a leader the ability to make informed and timely decisions, supported by a complex enterprise of distributed information and communication systems that provide situational awareness. But, despite the increasingly complex decisions that organizations are called upon to make, decision-making remains human-intensive and anecdotal.

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Leveraging the Passions of Fans

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

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Digital Common Law

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

ID³ ’ s principal focus is to develop architectural frameworks and open source software solutions that embody the necessary policy principles for managing critical personal information so that it can be tested, verified, improved and scaled. . For the past few hundred years, governments around the world have developed laws, policies and practices to help us better get along with each other as we conduct the many transactions and interactions that are part of our everyday lives.

Global Trends 2030 - Living Through a Transformative Period

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Every four years, it develops a Global Trends report with an approximate time horizon of fifteen years in order to provide the White House and the intelligence community with a framework for long-range strategic policy assessment. For the final step, the GT2030 team worked with McKinsey to analyze the many alternative scenarios that can occur based on the complex interactions between the four megatrends and the six game-changers.

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The USAID-Citi Mobile Money Alliance

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

USAID and Citi share a common belief that expanding the adoption of mobile financial solutions is a critical economic development strategy with the potential to drive growth and increase financial access and security for the developing world’s poor population. Promote Open-Architecture Policies and Interoperability Within and Across Ecosystems. Safety and security are critical to the successful adoption of mobile digital money.

Governance and Pragmatism: Moving Beyond “The Culture of No”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Checks and balances is one of the most important principles for making decisions and getting things done in a highly complex organization. While we primarily associate checks and balances with the US system of government, I believe that it equally applies to any other complex organizational system. While business and government clearly have different objectives , many of the challenges involved in managing a complex, fast changing organization are similar.