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. The interconnectedness and openness made possible by the Internet and broader digital ecosystem create unparalleled value for society,” notes the report in its Executive Summary. “But these same qualities make securing today’s cyber landscape difficult. Why wasn’t stronger security designed into the original Internet infrastructure?

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. Ultimately, Tomasello’s research on human nature arrives at a paradox: our minds are the product of competitive intelligence and cooperative wisdom, our behavior a blend of brotherly love and hostility toward out-groups. The proper way to conduct ourselves in the complex domain is through experiments.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article makes a strong case for flexicurity - shorthand for flexible security, - a social model from the Nordic countries which aims to achieve both flexibility in labor markets and security for workers. Like me, many workers enjoyed relatively secure, stable jobs and a number of company benefits, including health care insurance, vacations and retirement pensions. Entrepreneurship and flexible security.

The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

An equally optimistic view was expressed in another excellent article, - How Smart Connected Products are Transforming Competition , - published in the November issue of the Harvard Business Review by Michael Porter and James Heppelmann. . We generally think of products as physical entities, - e.g., clothes, light bulbs, appliances, cars, - some quite simple and some much more complex, built using sophisticated mechanical and/or electrical components.

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. But, it’s a highly complex and interesting subject. the primer starts out by asking. “In an increasingly borderless and digital world, privacy and security cannot be ensured through the construction of walls around sensitive information.

From Mass Production to Mass Individualism

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

All kinds of new products and services, like Airbnb, are now coming to market. It would not be possible without the social networks that enable peer-to-peer transactions matching supply with demand; the mobile devices and platforms that enable individuals to conduct such transactions any time and place; and the digital payment systems that reliably and securely broker the transactions between buyers and sellers.

the complexity of capitalism

Harold Jarche

“I suspect that the clean, uncomplicated notions put forward in the book [Organizing for Complexity, by Frédéric Laloux] will be undone by context, the actual details of implementation and to a large extent power-dynamics (for example, autocratic ‘Teal’ leaders making ‘non-Teal’ people do things they don’t want to do). And like all instruments it appeals to a certain instrumental logic, one that craves a simpler world and shies away from complexity.

How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Software-intensive systems are generally quite flexible, - able to evolve and adapt to changing product and market requirements. Things are even tougher with people-centric sociotechnical systems, which not only have to deal with potential software problems, but with the even more complex issues involved in human behaviors and interactions. What is it that makes these systems so intrinsically complex? What purpose does this complexity serve?

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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 Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, after discussing a number of its benefits to business, - individual productivity, group collaboration, information insights and application development, - McAfee points out that the shift to cloud computing has been slow. 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. In June of 2008 I participated in a conference on cloud computing.

Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They generally exhibit a level of complexity that is often beyond our ability to understand and control. Not only do they have to deal with the complexities associated with large scale hardware and software infrastructures, but with the even more complex issues involved in human and organizational behaviors. . A few weeks ago, MIT professor Joseph Sussman addressed these issues in a lecture - Complex Sociotechnical Systems: The Case for a New Field of Study.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The experts in the organization are those people closest to their products and services, their clients and their markets. 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? Your social security number is good anywhere.”.

The Current State of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Many company leaders have encountered major roadblocks along their path toward cloud or have gotten cold feet once they questioned its impact on costs, security, latency, and more. Security of in-house data centers is superior to the security on cloud.

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Business or Pleasure? - why not both: The product-to-service.

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Saturday, 21 August 2010 The product-to-service financial ratio Yesterday I saw a tweet by Frank Scavo : Chatting with a vendor about implementation cost to software license cost ratios. Back to the topic : there is a clear, direct and fairly linear relation between the initial cost of a product, and the additional cost(s) involved servicing it. In big IT companies, there isnt much enthusiasm to be found for selling Open Source products.

The Increasing Influence of Recommendation Systems in Our Everyday Lives

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

That’s what network effects are all about: t he more products or services a platform offers, the more users it will attract, helping it then attract more offerings, which in turn brings in more users, generates more data, and makes the platform even more valuable.

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Complex Chemistry between Brands and Customers - Some Personal Experiences

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Home Archives Subscribe « Welcome to Adam Smiths World | Main | Social networks and Organizational Governance » October 08, 2007 The Complex Chemistry between Brands and Customers - Some Personal Experiences People have very complex relationships with companies and the products and services they offer. " The relationship between a brand and its customers is a complex one indeed, full of emotional connections and chemistry.

Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Rising labor productivity has not translated into broad increases in incomes because labor market institutions and policies have fallen into disrepair. Between 1978 and 2016, productivity rose by 66%, an annual growth rate of 1.3%, while median compensation increased by only 9%.

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Ten IT Predictions for the Post-Pandemic New Normal

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Hence applications that enable real-time collaboration across all environments are critical to its effectiveness and success… The result will be a more collaborative, informed, and productive workforce.”.

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.

leave standard methods to the machines

Harold Jarche

Complex, new problems need tacit and implicit knowledge to solve them. So if you are in a complex situation, like a pandemic, you need to have exceptions front-of-mind. Giving standard procedures and rules is not just ineffective but counter-productive. Complexity

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.

An Increasingly Digital “New Normal”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Physical products and services have evolved and been perfected over many, many years. 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.

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Building a More Resilient, Data-Driven Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These companies use the vast amounts of data gathered from their customers to analyze their behavior across the digital and physical worlds and offer them products and services customized to their individual preferences.

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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 Internet of Things is Changing the World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

IoT promises to bring many benefits, including a whole new generation of innovative products. IoT has been ushering a whole new class of smart connected products. Boosting the productivity of industrial agriculture and cattle-farming is another highly promising IoT area.

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The Blockchain Value Framework

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Across all industries, the top three priorities were “full traceability of information on the blockchain”; “ability to ensure data has not been tampered with”; and “increased security”. “New business products or services” ranked last among the options for investing in blockchain, suggesting that at this early stage, improving existing products and services is a higher priority than considering new business opportunities. Improved productivity and quality.

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Blockchain - the Networked Ecosystem is the Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Based on the analysis of over 25 blockchain networks in various stages of production across multiple industries and geographies, the report recommends that a company’s blockchain journey should evolve along three distinct stages: in search of value, - establishing a minimum value ecosystem; getting to scale - creating value for an overall industry; and designing for new markets, - creating entirely new markets and business models.

How Will the Pandemic Reshape Labor Markets?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But the crisis has pulled them forward in time, hastening both the accompanying productivity gains and the inevitable labor market adjustments.”. “We

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Those local subsidiaries tended to have control over sales, manufacturing and other business functions, while the parent company continued to perform such tasks as R&D, finance and product management.

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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. It applied a bottom-up modeling methodology to estimate the potential economic value of these various applications, including productivity improvements, time savings, better asset utilization and reduced accidents. .

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Blockchains: the Promise of More Frictionless, Trusted Economies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Professor Coase explained that, in principle, a firm should be able to find the cheapest, most productive, highest quality goods and services by contracting them out in an efficient, open marketplace. 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. Foremost among them is security. Why do firms exist?

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Leveraging AI to Transform Government

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Since the LA Airport police doesn’t have enough officers to staff checkpoints at all times on the eight roads leading to the airport, the USC team developed an AI system to make security schedules unpredictable. After analyzing potential targets, the system recommended randomized police patrol routes and schedules so that terrorists could not anticipate where and when they would run into security checkpoints. Conquering the Complexities of Federal Purchases.

Platforms, Blockchains, and the Evolution of Trust

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

All kinds of on-demand products and services are now coming to market. The more products or services a platform offers, the more users it will attract, helping it then attract more offerings, which in turn brings in more users. Blockchain technology is ultimately a means for individuals to coordinate common activities, to interact directly with one another, and to govern themselves in a more secure and decentralized manner.”.

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. But, to keep InternetOne as simple and flexible as possible, just about everything else, - especially identity and security management, - became the responsibility of the applications in InternetTwo.

Blockchain and Business Process Transformation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One can look at the transformational impact of IT on companies and industries through a variety of lenses, - e.g., products and services, revenue and profit, sales and support, market strategy. It started in the 1960s and 1970s with the automation of standardized, repetitive back-office processes in manufacturing, production and data processing operations like inventory management, financial transactions and airlines reservations. US labor productivity grew at only 1.5%

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’s Potential for Environmental Applications

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain technologies promise to significantly improve the efficiency and security of business transactions and data sharing among participants in a global ecosystem, such as supply chains, financial services, and similar complex applications involving multiple institutions. Water security : “The world’s demand for water has grown by around 1% per year. The majority of these use-cases are still in the concept or pilot phase, with only a handful in production.

The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the years I’ve learned that when trying to explain a complex new concept or product, it’s important to engage in a kind-of conversation with your intended audience, where you talk about what's in your mind, your questions, your doubts, what you know and what you don't know. In short, you’re telling a story about the concept, product or brand you’re trying to explain. Storytelling is widely used in the development of brands for products as well as companies.

Free-Market, Free-Trade Capitalism at a Crossroads

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They’re all generally based on the private ownership of the means of production, their operation for profit, and the accumulation of capital. Complex Systems Diversity Economic Issues Future of Work Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and StrategyThe global economy has undergone considerable change over the past few decades. Results have been mixed.

Blockchain Killer-Apps

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A killer app is an IT application whose value is simple to explain, its use is fairly intuitive, and the application turns out to be so useful that it helps propel the success of a product or service. 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.

The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Former national security advisor Tom Donilon and former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano serve as chair and vice-chair respectively. Transforming this highly complex ecosystem has proved to be very difficult. Not surprisingly, change comes slowly to such a complex ecosystem. The evolution of our complex, global financial infrastructures will be a tough and lengthy undertaking, no matter how innovative and exciting the new technologies might be.

More Reflections on SharePoint and Picking Technology | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

There is also a distinction for all products that is important to consider. It is my understanding from my daughter’s ITS officer that SP is the ITS’s dream, especially if security is a factor. The inherent linearity and security of SP may have specific value in the context you noted.