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. The US has successfully responded to technological competition in the past.

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?


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How Can Blockchain Become a Truly Transformative Technology?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I first became interested in blockchain technologies when in 2016 the World Economic Forum (WEF) named The Blockchain in its annual list of Top Ten Emerging Technologies citing its potential to fundamentally change the way markets and governments work.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few years ago I participated in an MIT roundtable that explored where future jobs will likely come from, given our increasingly powerful, inexpensive and smart technologies. Perhaps, as has been the case in the past, we lack the imagination to properly perceive the future, and once more our technologies will give rise to new industries and jobs that we can barely anticipate today. Entrepreneurship and flexible security.

Educational Research in Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Kerr in this recent post , about how research in educational technology could be improved, but I have disagreements around the edges, enough that I think more discussion is warranted. Here are just a few: - access - it is demonstrably true that educational technology has increased access.

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.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past several years, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has published an annual list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies that would likely have the greatest impact on the world in the years to come. The list is compiled by the WEF Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies , a panel of global experts led by Dr. Bernard Meyerson , - IBM Fellow and Chief Innovation Officer. The technologies on the list are not new.

“Complicated” vs. “Complex”

Martijn Linssen

The background: A gentleman who makes a living “reducing complexity” for IT systems keeps running into some of us on Twitter who study complexity. The ask: There is a group of complexity aficionados that criticize my use of the word “complexity.” ” In general, these are folks who are influenced by the Cynefin framework that considers complexity and complicated to be different attributes of a system. The Emergence of Complexity.

The Firm as a Large, Complex, Extended Family

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A firms is best viewed as a kind-of rather large and highly complex family. We also form companies and other such organizations to get things done in our work, especially more complex objectives that require the collective skills of multiple people. We depend on colleagues to do well in our jobs, and to achieve whatever professional recognition and financial security we are after.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. And, at the bleeding-edges of complexity are data-driven AI systems , which are generally based on statistical analysis and machine learning methods. . What is it that makes these systems so intrinsically complex? What purpose does this complexity serve?

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Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It appears that once again, the technological genie has been unleashed from its bottle,” write the authors in their opening paragraph. “Summoned by an unknown person or persons with unclear motives, at an uncertain time in history, the genie is now at our service for another kick of the can - to transform the economic power grid and the old order of human affairs for the better. Why wasn’t stronger security designed into the original Internet protocols?

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.

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. The Forum holds several meetings a year, each centered on a specific topic, mostly related to information technologies and their impact on society. A significant goal of CACD is a shared understanding of complex problems.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, Scientific American , in collaboration with the World Economic Forum , published a special report on The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017. These technologies, - selected by a global panel of experts , - “are expected to become increasingly commonplace in the next few years,” and are “attracting increased funding or showing other signs of being ready to move to the next level.”. The full report includes a one-page description of each of these technologies.

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At present, there’s a lot of uncertainty and skepticism around the cloud, particularly among technology professionals who have deep expertise with, or attachment to, on-premise computing,” McAfee adds. For a number of years I’ve been convinced that cloud computing truly represents a major transformation in the way all institutions, from the smallest to the largest, will leverage information technologies. In June of 2008 I participated in a conference on cloud computing.

Better Education Through Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

There is no person needed to take our money, and nobody needed to watch over the car while we're gone (if security is required it is centralized using surveillance cameras). me) on seeing a sight like this is to suggest that everybody would be better off with a little more investment in technology. But they could instead higher fewer people, pay them more, and use technology to make up the difference. Technology won't make things happen where they weren't happening before.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are enabling us to develop systems with huge numbers of interconnected components and sophisticated software that infuses them with seemingly unlimited capabilities. We are increasingly able to pull all these capabilities together and develop sociotechnical systems, which combine the powerful, inexpensive and ubiquitous digital technologies with the people and organizations they are transforming. Sussman calls this evaluative complexity.

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Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

lessons scripted around 1:1 laptop); IT issues - we were a Windows network, with everything on our own domain - we needed to open eg printing etc O - consumer technology far more accessible in 2012 esp. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? - Most classrooms still dominated by teachers teaching answers and students remembering them We can change the technology but if we haven''t changed the goal we really haven''t accomplished anything.

The Current State of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the lead article , technology editor Ludwig Siegele started out his definition of cloud computing by first giving a very succinct history of computing: “In the beginning computers were human. Security of in-house data centers is superior to the security on cloud.

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The Increasing Influence of Recommendation Systems in Our Everyday Lives

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Goldfarb explained that the best way to assess the impact of a new radical technology is to look at how the technology reduces the cost of a widely used function. A few years ago, I attended a seminar by University of Toronto professor Avi Goldfarb on the economic value of AI.

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The Intriguing Nature of Non-Fungible Tokens

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, like the Internet, electricity and other transformative technologies, blockchain soon transcended its original objectives. Over the years, blockchain technologies have evolved along two major lines.

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Jobs, work and technology

Harold Jarche

For example, CAD systems have enabled engineers to develop far more complex products than they could have done otherwise. And, systems like Watson will be extensively used to help experts deal with highly complex problems in areas like medicine, finance and national security. Social technology is creating the effect of “social heads in the sand” by believing popular and influential ” are more important than the meaningful and significant.

Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Yet, it argues that with better policies in place, more people could enjoy good careers even as new technologies transform the very nature of work. Technological change is simultaneously replacing existing work and creating new work.

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Ten IT Predictions for the Post-Pandemic New Normal

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The acceleration of digital transformations triggered by COVID-19 is causing companies to reevaluate their relationships with technology and service providers given the major transitions taking place in the overall IT ecosystem.

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.

The Real Business of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It combined a number of existing technologies and methods into a truly innovative architecture. Blockchain encrypts all the data stored in the ledger as well as the data flowing over the network using public and private keys technologies.

Building a More Resilient, Data-Driven Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“With each major crisis, be it war, pandemic, or major new technology, there has been a need to reinvent the relationships between individuals, businesses, and government,” wrote MIT professor Alex “Sandy Pentland in the first chapter of Building the New Economy.

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More Reflections on SharePoint and Picking Technology | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Jan 05 2010 More Reflections on SharePoint and Picking Technology Published by Nancy White at 8:03 am under Digital Habitats , international development , online interaction , technology stewardship , tools Yesterday I woke up and checked my email. The inherent linearity and security of SP may have specific value in the context you noted.

Could AI Reshape the Global Balance of Power?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, - also like the Internet, - AI is a general purpose technology that can be used for a wide variety of applications, many of them beneficial, but others potentially threatening. AI has the potential to significantly advance national security. Technology Advantages.

An Increasingly Digital “New Normal”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

About a dozen years ago, I attended a conference where I was interviewed on stage by then WSJ technology columnist Walter Mossberg. Adoption of new technologies and working models.

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The Long-Term Future of Work and Education: Three Potential Scenarios

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Every past technological transformation ultimately led to more jobs, higher living standards and economic growth. Supporters of this scenario expect that as in the past, new positions and professions will emerge and create new jobs to replace any eliminated by new technology.

Blockchain and Public Health Solutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) is a global think tank dedicated to the strategic implications of blockchain technologies to business, government and society. However, safeguarding the data used to validate identities creates security and privacy issues of its own.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I mentioned three such key forces: the structural changes and employment challenges our economy is going through; the changing demographics and emergence of a kind of new establishment in US society; and the technology-amplified, free-for-all conversations taking place through our multitude of information and communication channels. If large global companies have had to embrace a more distributed management style, why not large, complex governments?

The Transformative Power of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is not unusual for potentially transformative technologies in their early stages, as was the case with the Internet in the early-mid 1990s. The key question is whether blockchain has the potential to become a truly transformative technology over time. Security. “Enterprise blockchains are fault-tolerant. The intermediation between third parties is handled by distributed ledger and transparency, and transactions integrity with security and cryptography.”.

The Internet of Things is Changing the World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Like many technological advances, IoT has been long in coming. As the world’s digital and physical infrastructures converge, digital technologies are being designed right into all kinds of consumer and industrial products.

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The Blockchain Value Framework

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In July, 2019, the World Economic Forum and Accenture released Building Value with Blockchain Technology , a white paper aimed at helping organizations evaluate blockchain’s benefits and build an effective business case. As is often the case, fear that the train is leaving the station is another powerful motivator for investing in a new, fast growing technology. Finally, the white paper offers several recommendations: Take time to understand the technology.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Many of the companies and technologies that were part of every day conversations in 2011, - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, smartphones, cloud computing, big data, broadband wireless Internet, - weren’t mentioned in his book because they had not yet been born or were still in their infancy.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In addition, a panel of global experts convened by the WEF selected blockchain as one of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016 because of its potential to fundamentally change the way markets and governments work, - further evidence that blockchain is reaching a tipping point of market acceptance. While it’s quite bullish about the potential benefits of blockchain technologies, it also acknowledges the serious challenges involved in transforming the global financial infrastructure.

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. These include social security ID, passport number, driver’s license number, e-mail address, telephone numbers, and login IDs and passwords. The optimal technology for such an inherently safe data ecosystem is currently being built and tested [in] MIT’s Enigma project.”.

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Blockchain - the Networked Ecosystem is the Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is not unusual for potentially transformative technologies in their early stages, as was the case with the Internet, and is still the case with AI. The key question is whether blockchain has the potential to become a truly transformative technology over time. Another major challenge is the sheer complexity of organizing major industry-wide initiatives.

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.

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. But, like other innovations, digital ID technologies can be used both to benefits society and for undesirable purposes.

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Blockchains: the Promise of More Frictionless, Trusted Economies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. Blockchains have the potential to eradicate the cost of complexity and ultimately redefine the traditional boundaries of an organization.”. Why wasn’t stronger security designed into the original Internet infrastructure? Foremost among them is security.

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