“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. Or, do we also need social policies to promote job creation and assist workers who’ve lost their jobs?

AI and Public Policy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report is organized into three main sections: Section I described the key research trends influencing AI’s future; Section II examined the key economic sectors that are most likely to be impacted by AI; and Section III looked into issues surrounding AI and public policy.

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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. Technological advancement is outpacing security and will continue to do so unless we change how we approach and implement cybersecurity strategies and practices.

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. Off-Grid Devices Draw Drinking Water from Dry Air - “Sunlight-powered moisture-absorbing technologies are becoming economical”.

Hillary Clinton’s Internet policy speech

David Weinberger

We need to synchronize our technological progress with our principles. We need our networks to be secure, especially from evil organizations. “Information freedom&# is not just good policy, but it’s a universal value and good for business. First, my overall reaction to Hillary Clinton’s speech: It’s thrilling that a Secretary of State would claim “freedom to connect&# as a basic human right. That’s a very bit stake in the ground.

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.

About face

Doc Searls

” It’s opt-in: “ The technology relies on a method of “self-exclusion,” whereby compulsive gamblers volunteer in advance to have their photos banked in the system’s database, in case they ever get the urge to try their luck at a casino again.

[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.

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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.

Education Technology Strategies - Day Two

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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.

Security Issues and and Business Opportunities - Panel

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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. there is - 40 percent of medicaid companes have experienced a security breach in the last year - we don't know that level in Canada. They need help on security, compliance, risk management,etc.

Privacy, Security and Trust: Challenges for the Intangible Economy

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

How do I as a paranoid security person deal with all the baggage I bring to the discussion? I see identity management as the real issue that is going to link security and privacy. I cannot engage most security professionals in discussions about privacy. And vice versa. -- Part One Personal baggage - I have a defence and security background. The real advancement in the discussion is going to come from the privacy advocates, not the security advocates.

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. “The next wave of digital innovation is coming.

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International Organizations and Social Media: News, Engagement, and Social Data for Policy Change

Beth Kanter

Not every student in my class is focused on the same policy issue. They will be placed with organizations working on policies in these areas, many part of large international networks, nonprofits, and government. Citizen Digital Engagement in Policy Discussions and Action.

The MIT Work of the Future Report

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With this in mind, the work of the future can be shaped beneficially by new policies, renewed support for labor, and reformed institutions, not just new technologies. Automation anxieties continued to resurface in the 20th century, right along with advances in technology.

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The Challenges of Automation in a Fast Changing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report is divided into two sections: The Case for Action , which explores how automation impacts the economic security and opportunity of American workers, and Policies for Shared Prosperity , which outlines a policy agenda for addressing automation’s challenges and opportunities.

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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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International Women’s Day: Using Technology to Empower Women and Girls

Beth Kanter

We need more better policies to address gender parity and more programs that build the capacity of nonprofits and the tech skills of women and girls in the development world. Here’s two programs that use technology to support women and girls and are an inspiration.

The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. Public Policy.

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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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Is Blockchain Now Transitioning to a More Mundane and Useful Era?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone agrees that it’s a truly brilliant architecture, built on decades-old fundamental research in cryptography, distributed data, distributed computing, game theory and other advanced technologies.

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The Impact of Automation on Everyday Life

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This past October, the Pew Research Center released Automation in Everyday Life , a report on what Americans think about advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics, and the impact they expect them to have on their everyday lives.

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The World Bank’s Human Capital Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

All around the world, the demand for workers who are good at complex problem-solving, interactions with clients and colleagues, and able to adapt to new tools and technologies is rising, while the demand for less advanced skills that can be replaced by technology is declining.

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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?

Blockchain and the Promise of an Open, Decentralized Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

His article aims to explain what blockchain, cryptocurrencies and related technologies are all about as well as their potential impact on the economy and society. In their early years, it’s hard for most people to appreciate the potential of a transformative technology.

Education, Work and US Leadership in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Leadership in the Twenty-First Century , a report by a CFR-sponsored Task Force to assess the future of work and its implications for the US economy and national security. competitive success in a global economy that will continue to be reshaped by technology and trade.” .

The Promise and Current State of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I welcomed the opportunity to learn how these real-world executives feel about blockchain, as well as how to best communicate the promise and current state of this emerging and potentially transformative technology. True, but not surprising for a potentially transformative technology.

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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Do you really need all this personal information, @RollingStone?

Doc Searls

Here’s the popover that greets visitors on arrival at Rolling Stone ‘s website: Our Privacy Policy has been revised as of January 1, 2020. This policy outlines how we use your information. By using our site and products, you are agreeing to the policy.

The Jobs Outlook for 2022

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Third, - starting in the 1960s, - saw the advent of digital technologies, computers, the IT industry, and the automation of process in just about all industries. Jobs that are based on and enhanced by the use of technology are set to experience increasing demand.

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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

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The MIT Intelligence Quest

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

MIT IQ aims “to discover the foundations of human intelligence and drive the development of technological tools that can positively influence virtually every aspect of society.”. How does human intelligence work, in biological as well as in engineering terms?

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over and above the direct productivity boost that companies enjoy from digital technologies, a more profound chain of indirect benefits also takes place, as the impact spills over within a firm, to its competitors, and throughout its supply chain.

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The Canadian Government and Cryptocurrency

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is a policy-neutal document; that is, I don't advocate one way or another for any of the items described below. For those wanting more on blockchain in general, I've been compiling a detailed resource base on associated technologies. Cryptocashback c/o Kapsus Technologies Ltd.

The Rise of the Digital Capital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the past few decades, advances in technology, and the Internet in particular, have helped create an increasingly global marketplace for labor and capital. Late in the 20th century, the digital technology revolution began to radically change the business environment.

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The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

People have long worried about the impact of technology on society, be it railroads, electricity, and cars in the Industrial Age, or the Internet , mobile devices and smart connected products now permeating just about all aspect of our lives.

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The Continuing Evolution of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In addition, cloud offered business users the agility they increasingly demanded to keep up with the pace of technological and market changes. Skeptics are still not convinced that cloud can provide the necessary security, reliability, privacy and governance.

Jobs, Skills and Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

And 55% of Americans with college or more felt that technology will improve overall employment compared to 45% of those with high school or less. Most Americans are happy and secure in their jobs.

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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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The Promise and Current State of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I welcomed the opportunity to learn how these real-world executives feel about blockchain, as well as how to best communicate the promise and current state of this emerging and potentially transformative technology. 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.

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?