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Nancy White

From Eyebeam OpenLab comes and open source idea for making a cover for those glare-y compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) we are all installing to save energy. Hopefully the open source values continue past their participation in Eyebeam work.

holistic technology

Harold Jarche

I first came across the work of Ursula Franklin through her CBC Massey Lecture series on The Real World of Technology. In political terms, prescriptive technologies are designs for compliance.” Prescriptive technologies limit human potential. Technology

[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government

David Weinberger

Part of the importance of this is that students at the Kennedy School are agitating for a much strong technology component to their education on the grounds that these days policy makers need to be deeply cognizant of the possibilities technology offers, and of the culture of our new technology development environment. Tomorrow there is an afternoon of discussions sponsored by the student-led Technology for Change group.

WGBH and public radio’s future

Doc Searls

And we’re a pioneer in educational multimedia and in media access technologies for people with hearing or vision loss. We’re a local public broadcaster serving southern New England, with 11 public television services and three public radio services — and productions (from Greater Boston to Jazz with Eric in the Evening ) that reflect the issues and cultural riches of our region.

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.

How technological and social change are feeding on each other in an accelerating spiral

Ross Dawson

In my recent keynotes I have frequently used variations on my Transformation of Business framework , which looks at how Technology Drivers and Social Drivers lead to a changed Business Landscape , and in turn New Drivers of Success. Yes, the forces of technological change are extraordinary.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Open Laszlo Gets Its Own Track and Big Customers for the open source webtop platform

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Ajax SDK for the iPhone on the way from Backbase | Main | Quote of the Day: Vannevar Bush - "As We May Think" » September 06, 2007 Open Laszlo Gets Its Own Track and Big Customers for the open source webtop platform Way back in July, I posted a brief note about OpenLaszlo. is actually investigating using it and today I see that Open Laszlo has its own track at AjaxWorld West 2007.

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. With such technologies, you typically have a relatively small number of early adopters. Is it a currency, commodity or technology?

On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

However, this extraordinary technology may be stalled, sidetracked, captured or otherwise suboptimized depending on how all the stakeholders behave in stewarding this set of resources - i.e. how it is governed,” they add in a strong note of caution. “How

Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A New Strategy for Higher Education and Training Shirley Alexander Some intro stuff about the buildings being built for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). high cost; or campus access in central lab - open couyrses, MOOCs, highly distributed hardware - LabVIEW crosses these two envirnments Centralized lab: eg., Technology''s role.

Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Just because experts conclude that, - at least for the foreseeable future, - AI does not pose an imminent threat to humanity, doesn’t mean that such a powerful technology isn’t accompanied by serious challenges that require our attention.

I need some help

George Siemens

On February 8, I’ll be delivering a talk at TEDxEdmonton’s event Rethinking Open Source Culture. In 2003 I posted a few articles online on open source movements and learning: Open source p.I , Open Source p.II , and Why we should share learning material. I have benefitted enormously from open learning. Open online courses in particular have been among the most significant learning experiences in my life.

The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Since retiring from IBM in 2007, I’ve continued my involvement with technology-based initiatives, - AI and blockchain most recently, - through my consulting and academic activities as well as the weekly blogs that I’ve now been writing for the past dozen years.

The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Commission is composed of twelve individuals from the world of business, technology and academia. Everyone was using the same standards, including open source implementations of key protocols. Something similar is beginning to happen with blockchain technologies.

The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year the McKinsey Global Institute published The Productivity Puzzle , a report that takes a close look at the sharp decline in US productivity since 2014 despite continuing advances in digital technologies.

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, as with the Internet, the Web and other major technologies, the blockchain has now transcended its original objective. The Internet and World Wide Web introduced a culture of standards to the IT industry.

The Future of Financial Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given its intangible character, it’s not surprising that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) have in turn led to advances in the way we deal with money and payments, as well as with identity, trust and other key attributes of a well-functioning financial system.

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Reflections on Bitcoin

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its impact might well be up there with that of other major technology-based societal transformations, including electricity, radio and TV, and the Internet and World Wide Web. A few weeks ago, technology journalist Glenn Fleishman wrote an article refuting a number of Andreessen’s arguments.

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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. With such technologies, you typically have a relatively small number of early adopters. Is it a currency, commodity or technology?

“IT Doesn’t Matter” Ten Years Later

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

His claims that companies were overspending on IT, because the technology was becoming more commoditized and accessible to everyone “ignited an industry firestorm.” . has entered the post-technology era. It is not that technology itself no longer matters, he explained.

Transmedia Storytelling and Collaborative Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

First of all, we now have a wide variety of digital technologies and channels across which to develop the market strategy for our new offerings, in addition to the classic analog channels. Transmedia reminds us that above all, content trumps technology. No amount of technology can make up for a weak, garbled, or inconsistent set of messages and overall storyline. Communications and related activities have played a major role in my work over the past twenty years.

STEM Literacy is for Everyone

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the column, he succinctly made the case for widespread STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) literacy, and explained why it is as important to our 21st century information economy as basic reading-writing literacy has been to the industrial economy of the past two centuries. opportunities opening up in the newly industrialized societies. In this data-informed, technology intensive 21st Century the entire populace needs to become STEM literate.

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The Emergence of a Digital Money Ecosystem

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Standards The Internet and World Wide Web introduced a culture of standards to the IT industry. Moreover, since all the key technologies of the Web came from the research and academic community, they were available to anyone free of charge, including open source implementations of many of the key software components. Collaboration Given its research and academic roots, the Web had a collaborative culture from its very beginning.

The Continuing Evolution of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Along with Vint Cerf , Bob is recognized as one the key fathers of the Internet , for which they both received the 1977 National Medal of Technology and a number of other top prizes. But, beyond the central role that TCP/IP has played, I believe that the success of the Internet is predicated on a few key architectural principles: open, simple and distributed. These Internet principles, - open, simple, distributed, - have become much more than a technical, architectural approach.

Beyond GDP - Measuring Value in a Service-oriented, Information-based, Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We know less about the sources of value in the economy than we did 25 years ago,” wrote economists Erik Brynjolfsson and Adam Saunders in MIT’s Sloan Review: . “We We need a revolution in measurements to go along with our digital technology and digital economy revolutions.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Large enterprises are typically thought of as hidebound defenders of the status quo, dominating by market power and brute force rather than technological and innovative prowess.Yet reality is far more complicated than this simple small versus big distinction. These ecosystems require management by a core company or companies with the resources and scale to provide leadership and technological direction,” writes Mandel.

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Are Smart Cities Empty Hype?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We each first stated our respective positions in our opening statements , followed a few days later by our rebuttals , and then finally our closing statements. Commenting on the opening statements , Siegele noted : “Despite the motion being Are smart cities empty hype?

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The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I wrote about my recent participation in the 2013 Roundtable on Institutional Innovation , an Aspen Institute event that took a close look at the impact of digital technologies on the evolution of companies and other organizations.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Large Metropolitan Areas

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the last few decades, it has been the leading region in the creation of new high-tech products and companies based on advanced digital technologies. Their university-based, high tech innovation model is particularly oriented toward finding The Next Big Thing , - that is, the next big technology, product or service that will take world markets by storm, transform whole industries, and in the process, create considerable wealth for their creators and investors.

The 20th Anniversary of Linux

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

word of the Linux open source project quickly spread around the globe. He soon made a very important decision that would shape Linux’s future just as much as the technology. At the time, I was co-chair of PITAC , the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. We formed the Linux Technology Center , an IBM team of developers who work closely with the Linux open source development community.

Two-Speed IT Architectures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These older companies have to both leverage the back-end systems, processes and overall capabilities that have served them well over the years, while adopting innovative consumer-facing technologies to enhance their customers’ experiences.

Open, Collaborative Trust Frameworks

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. Regulatory and policy practices cannot possibly keep pace with technological change. Not long ago, such open, community-based initiatives were considered pretty revolutionary.

Memories from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We got as ready as we possibly could before the games opened - and then crossed our fingers hoping that things would go well. IBM had been the official technology sponsor of the Olympics since 1960. Over the years, more sophisticated technologies and applications were added. . The team used the open source Apache Server as the basic web server, and custom built the extensions needed to support its content, applications and other capabilities.

Openness: Why learners should know about, and influence, how decisions are made about their learning

George Siemens

Earlier this week, I delivered a presentation to TEDxEdmonton on why openness and learning analytics are critical for rethinking the future of education. The theme of the event was on open source culture and whether the promises of open source have been oversold.

Rethinking Personal Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is the path being followed by ID³ , a new multidisciplinary non-profit institution with close ties to MIT’s Media Lab which is attempting to develop architectural frameworks, open source software and educational content for the protection, sharing and monetization of sensitive data. . But trust is an ambiguous term open to many interpretations. In 2010, the World Economic Forum (WEF), launched a project on Rethinking Personal Data.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "MIT Researchers Advance Lecture Capture with Search Capabilities" (Campus Technology)

Mark Oehlert

» February 11, 2008 "MIT Researchers Advance Lecture Capture with Search Capabilities" (Campus Technology) ( story link ) Now this is what I call an *LMS (lecture management system).

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Semantic Technology Primer (found via Stephen D)

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « video jug test | Main | "The Book of Learning and Forgetting" » June 14, 2007 Semantic Technology Primer (found via Stephen D) Thanks to Stephen for finding this great rundown on the semantic world. From the site: "Semantic technologies include software standards and methodologies thatare aimed at providing more explicit meaning for the information thatsat our disposal.

Thoughts on privacy

Doc Searls

White opens with this sentence: “On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy.” Clothing, for example, is a privacy technology. Private spaces in public settings are well understood in every healthy and mature culture. There is already an open source code base and a language for “ personal clouds ” and “pclouds” for everything you can name in the Internet of Things.

Open Word—The Podcasting Story

Doc Searls

” Instead, like the Web, email and other graces of open protocols on the open Internet, podcasting is NEA: Nobody owns it, Everybody can use it and Anybody can improve it. Dave was half the guests on Friday evening’s opening panel. Maybe podcasting is the best way we have to start working out our problems with race, gender, politics and bad habits of culture that make us unhappy and thwart progress of all kinds. Nobody is going to own podcasting.

Can New York Remain the World's Media Capital?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its basic premise was: “New York is a global city, a diverse blend of culture, vitality, and extraordinary talent. But the wealth of science and technology talent and innovation is less apparent, at least in the form of a thriving technology economy.” Panel discussions were held in a variety of areas, including finance, media, services, life sciences, arts, and culture. It is simply no longer true that technology companies must be located near technology centers.

Tinkering and Playing with Knowledge

Nancy White

I love the idea of tinkering and find it central to the practice of stewarding technology for ourselves, our communities and networks. Be open to criticism. Brown talks about a networked world as an open source world that facilitates this tinkering. Open source.

The Evolution of Collaborative Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

days, the community concept behind Linux and open source in general was mystifying to many. A number of companies were also concerned about using software developed by an open, distributed community, as opposed to a single vendor, as was typically the case. So, we further explained that the open community developing Linux included some of the top programmers and computer scientists around the world.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "A Technology Flip Test: Introducing Channels in a World of Platforms" (Andrew McAfee)

Mark Oehlert

"So heres the flip test: imagine that current corporate collaboration and communication technologies were exclusively E2.0 platforms -- blogs, wikis, etc. -- and all of a sudden a crop ofnew channel technologies -- email, instant messaging, text messaging-- became available. How, in the flip-test universe,would the new channel technologies be received?"