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Expanding open data requires social license: information mandarins

At a conference last year, a prominent public sector technologist said he wished “everyone would stop caring about privacy so much” when asked which …

Privacy

Paul Shetler's perspective on UK, US and Australian government digital transformation

“You can’t Kumbaya your way through this,” smiles Paul Shetler as he relaxes in a cafe in Sydney’s fashionable Potts Point while talking about the …

Marie Johnson

I feel compelled to write this — as a public entrepreneur, someone who has worked with great people to deliver big things in government over decades, …

eGovernment

Why we need an open model to design and evaluate public policy

In the months leading up to political elections, public debate intensifies and citizens are exposed to a proliferation of information around policy …

Better real-time transit data is coming to your city (finally)

See your ride approaching in real-time thanks to our new crowdsourced data feature<p>In the four years that we’ve been running Transit, we’ve learnt …

Think cyberattacks only target big corporations? Wrong

Danielle Kriz, Senior Director, Global Policy, Palo Alto Networks<p><i>As billions of people and gadgets become connected via mobile devices, the threat</i> …

The AI Takeover Is Coming. Let’s Embrace It. | Backchannel

<b>On Tuesday,</b> the White House released a chilling report on AI and the economy. It began by positing that “it is to be expected that machines will …

The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world

Big data’s potential just keeps growing. Taking full advantage means companies must incorporate analytics into their strategic vision and use it to …

Transformation with a capital T

Companies must be prepared to tear themselves away from routine thinking and behavior.<p><b>Imagine.</b> You lead a large basic-resources business. For the …

Management

Making data analytics work for you--instead of the other way around

Does your data have a purpose? If not, you’re spinning your wheels. Here’s how to discover one and then translate it into action.<p><b>The data-analytics</b> …

The next acronym you need to know about: RPA (robotic process automation)

RPA is a promising new development in business automation that offers a potential ROI of 30–200 percent—in the first year. Employees may like it</b> …

Economic Conditions Snapshot, December 2016: McKinsey Global Survey results

In the face of political transitions and concerns over trade, executives expect improvements at home and a stable global economy—with some regional …

Economic Development

Encryption is a Digital Right…and Creates Responsibilities

<i>December 21, 2016</i><p><i>Tim Conway, Director Asia-Pacific, Global Digital Foundation</i><p>Privacy and security have been central to communications since …

If Tech Is Above Politics, Why Did Politics Just Flatten Us?

I used to say that I wasn’t political, simply because it’s so hard to find a human representative in politics “worthy” of my respect, time and …

The New Game of Global Tech

As the boundaries blur among hardware, software, services, and telecom, tech sectors become less relevant. Tech companies now distinguish themselves …

Customers

Serendipity in the Cloud

Shifting from physical to virtual data platforms can reduce companies' costs and improve sustainability.

Sustainability

Slow-Motion Automation

Automation -- in the form of machine learning, robotics, autonomous vehicles, white-collar bots, exoskeletons, and so on -- is changing the nature of …

Software-as-a-Catalyst

According to this year's Global Innovation 1000 study -- an examination of the 1,000 public companies that spend the most on researching and …

Digital Transformations Start with Frontline Workers

To boost a hotel's bottom line, ask the bellhop.

Machine Learning Is No Longer Just for Experts

If you’re not using deep learning already, you should be. That was the message from legendary Google engineer Jeff Dean at the end of his keynote earlier this year at a conference on web search and data mining. Dean was referring to the rapid increase in machine learning algorithms’ accuracy, …

IDG Contributor Network: A new Digital CIO must emerge from digital economy disruption

Technology has been changing the world as we know it, and in a quite fast pace. Companies that were born with a digital DNA are now taking over the …

Innovation

Decentralizing IoT networks through blockchain

Ben Dickson Contributor<p>Ben Dickson is a software engineer and the founder of TechTalks.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Unlocking the potential of eye tracking technology<br>• Can you trust crypto-token crowdfunding?<p>Imagine a washer that autonomously contacts suppliers and places orders when it’s low on …

How do we regulate robo-morality?

In April 2016, British Standards Institution (BSI) published the world’s first ethical standard for the design, production, sale, and usage of social …

Ethics

What the entire internet looked like in September 1973

Before it became a ginormous ocean of information carrying over a zettabyte of physical transcontinental connections, the internet used to be a lot simpler. Half a century ago, the entirety of ARPANET, predecessor of the internet, was just 45 computers connected to 40 nodes.<p>The logical map above …

Internet

Respecting Human Rights at the Infrastructure level of the Internet?

<i>Corinne J.N. Cath — Oxford Internet Institute / Alan Turing Institute</i><p>The debate on whether and how the Internet can protect and foster human rights …

Evidence-based policy is like a black rhino

The $2 trillion behemoth meant to deliver better retirement incomes for working Australians: some would argue it’s a field of much policy tinkering, …

Economics

The Future Legitimacy of Big Data will Depend Upon Protecting the Least Advantaged in an Online World

<i>December 1, 2016</i><p><i>Cory Robinson, Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Communication Design<br>Linköping University</i><p>A report in October that AT&T’s …

IMPACT of BREXIT on Indian IT Cos

Use the UK’s tech excellence to power Britain back to growth

The UK tech sector has been the outstanding success of the UK economy over the last decade and will be vital to the UK’s success in a post Brexit …