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?
online privacy and security
APRIL 1, 2017
As the internet becomes an essential part of lives — enabling us to access government services, connect with friends, and earn a living — there are frustratingly few ways to maintain privacy or security online. Technology
Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World
AUGUST 29, 2016
In a world that’s increasingly governed by digital transactions and data, our existing methods for managing security and privacy are no longer adequate. Data breaches, identity theft and large-scale fraud are becoming more common.
Owning our data
JULY 8, 2014
With the internet of everything (IoE), once everything is connected, where will our data reside? If things do not work, will we know what has happened to our data? Individual control over data may be a more robust way to to ensure some level of privacy. Do you own your data?
The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016
AUGUST 16, 2016
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 technologies on the list are not new.
Education Technology Strategies - Day One
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
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. three stages: observation, manipulation, data What''s available (in NANSLO) - 7 major pieces of apparatus (titration, photosynthesis, gas chromatograph, helholtz coil, airtrack, absorbance spectrometer, microscope) - 30 lab activities - Guided-inquiry based procedures Q: any linkages to eg.
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.
In Defense of Data Centrism
DECEMBER 23, 2010
Home About Complexity Reading List Knowledge Management Reading List In Defense of Data Centrism John 0 comments Education System Dec 23 In the never ending search to know “what works,” we have a few choices. We can look to theories, i.e., this ‘should’ work; or we can look to data.
Noam Chomsky, security, and equivocal information
NOVEMBER 17, 2013
Noam Chomsky and Barton Gellman were interviewed at the Engaging Big Data conference put on by MIT’s Senseable City Lab on Nov. He reiterated his earlier call for us to understand the NSA surveillance scandal within an historical context that shows that governments always use technology for their own worst purposes. Chomskey said: Governments have been doing this for a century, using the best technology they had. Thus, the security claim isn’t made on its own.
[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
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. Todd Park, White House Technology Advisory.
The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity
MAY 23, 2016
The Commission is composed of twelve individuals from the world of business, technology and academia. Former national security advisor Tom Donilon and former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano serve as chair and vice-chair respectively.
Digital Twin: Bringing the Physical and Digital Worlds Closer Together
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
The huge amounts of data now collected by IoT sensors on physical objects, personal devices and smart systems make it possible to represent their near real-time status in their Digital Twin alter-ego. Many are calling it the emergence of the data economy.”.
The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things
OCTOBER 15, 2014
These devices generate massive amounts of data, a lot of which requires real-time actions. It’s impractical to move all that data to a central cloud for analysis and actions. Many of the previously distributed servers were consolidated in data centers. .
Rethinking Personal Data
JUNE 27, 2012
In 2010, the World Economic Forum (WEF), launched a project on Rethinking Personal Data. The project brought together experts from business, government, academia and end user privacy and rights groups to examine the challenges and opportunities involved in properly managing the explosive growth of personal data in the digital world. In January of 2011 they published their first report, - Personal Data: the Emergence of a New Asset Class. .
AI and Public Policy
JANUARY 23, 2017
Throughout history, humans have both shaped and adapted to new technologies. 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.
Education Technology Strategies - Day Two
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 4, 2015
So the Achieving Excellents has four major objectives: - achieving excellence - ensuring equity - promoting well-being - competence We''ve also been partnering with the Council of Directors of Educations (CODE - ''superintendants'') - this boosts what we know about technology and enabling innovations. We also find these technologies are giving students with special needs a new voice, and to connect with their teachers and classmates. So, we see this huge growth in technology.
Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry
MARCH 22, 2016
Which hot technology innovations, - e.g., artificial intelligence, the blockchain, cloud computing, - will end up having a big impact and which are destined to fizzle? Data Centers → Cloud. The point is that they are much more than devices in a box or in a data centre.
Reality mining, pervasive data capture, and how Big Data can create value
AUGUST 3, 2011
CIO magazine did a nice article titled IIIS: Big Data driving new trends which reviews my keynote and the one immediately after from Steve Duplessie , one of the world’s top analysts on data and storage. If you look at an office environment there is an extraordinary amount of data to look at. You can literally get terabytes of data out of just a few hours of this. This requires all that data within the organisation to be captured and used effectively.”.
The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things
JULY 14, 2015
Like many technological advances, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been long in coming. Home - Energy management, security, safety, and automation of home chores. Offices - Organizational and personal productivity, training, energy monitoring, building security.
How Luxembourg is playing to become a technology hub
MAY 31, 2012
As such the government and business sectors are seeking to build Luxembourg into a technology hub, with ICT named by the government as the third of five pillars for national development. In particular, there is an opportunity to parlay Luxembourg’s traditional strength as a financial haven into the data space, becoming a secure, confidential data haven protected by a stable government.
Is the Blockchain Now Reaching a Tipping Point?
AUGUST 2, 2016
A few weeks ago, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published its annual list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016. The technologies on the list have been worked on for years. Emerging technology solutions.
The Future of Financial Services
JUNE 23, 2015
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.
Is There a STEM Crisis or a STEM Surplus?
AUGUST 9, 2016
And in 2012, a report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology wrote: “Economic projections point to a need for approximately 1 million more STEM professionals than the U.S. Is the US facing a critical shortage of STEM skills?
The New Era of Smart, Connected Products
NOVEMBER 26, 2014
The article introduces a whole new class of smart connected products - “complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity in myriad ways.”. Massive amounts of new product-usage data enable many of those improvements.”
Blockchains: the Promise of More Frictionless, Trusted Economies
OCTOBER 11, 2016
Large-scale fraud, data breaches, and identity thefts are becoming more common, and companies are finding that cyber-attacks are costly to prevent and recover from. . Why wasn’t stronger security designed into the original Internet infrastructure? Foremost among them is security.
From Mass Production to Mass Individualism
JULY 16, 2014
Technology and globalizations have significantly reduced the employment opportunities and earning of middle-skill, middle-wage jobs. Beyond the enabling technologies, major social and economic forces are behind what Brooks calls a new trust calculus.
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.
A Kind of Digital “Perfect Storm”
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
Every day brings new stories about the impact of digital technologies on every aspect of the world around us, including their transformative impact on companies in just about every industry. Chief technology officers loved its emphasis on security.
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 Firm as a Large, Complex, Extended Family
SEPTEMBER 18, 2013
We depend on colleagues to do well in our jobs, and to achieve whatever professional recognition and financial security we are after. Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture
The Digital Evolution Index
AUGUST 25, 2015
Measurements include available bandwidth, access to digital content, security of transactions, business use of IT, consumer financial services, and quality of roads.
An Old Friend, - the IBM Mainframe, - Turns 50
APRIL 15, 2014
What enables it to keep reinventing itself while embracing the latest technologies , including the Mobile Internet, Cloud Computing and Big Data? These platform innovations have enabled mainframes to incorporate major advances in technology and keep evolving over the years.
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.
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.
Cloud Computing and the Changing Role of the CIO
JUNE 5, 2013
Big data and cloud were the most prominent transformative technologies discussed at the Symposium. My remarks last week were focused on big data. But, as with all major transformative technologies, along with the promising potential come serious challenges.
Leveraging the Passions of Fans
DECEMBER 10, 2014
AIL was founded in 2010 as part of USC’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism to study the transformational impact of technology and cultural changes on the media industry. The Lab conducts research projects in a number of areas at the intersection of media and technology.
The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World
MARCH 13, 2017
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.
Network Era Fluency
JULY 8, 2013
Big data is also networked data. Data is the new oil, according to Gerd Leonhard. While my personal data may not be that important in the great scheme of things, networked data drive advertising, brands, and security systems.
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.