Social networking and privacy

This is a big issue and though I don’t have any deep new observations about this, I want to share some thoughts from using Facebook for a few weeks. This isn’t necessarily Facebook-specific, but that’s a recent example for me. The basic problem is who gets to know what about…

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Video of “Virtual Worlds: Where Business, Society, Technology & Policy Converge”

Video from last Friday’s virtual world’s conference at MIT is now available in RealPlayer format. The links are available in the left-hand column of the agenda. In some cases, multiple sessions are contained in a single video segment.

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Some travel notes from the last week

The flight to Cambridge last week for the standards program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government was easy and unremarkable. The designated hotel for the event was the Doubletree Suites which isn’t really too close to anything other than the Cambridge exit on the Massachusetts Turnpike. That didn’t make too…

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Back to Harvard

I’m spending today and tomorrow in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s program on “Cross-Boundary Governance through Agreements and Standards: Assuring Compliance and Results”. I’ll try to bring many of the things I’ve discussed in this blog to bear throughout the two days, but I’m really looking…

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Identity Mashup Conference

I’ll be speaking at the Identity Mashup Conference being held at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, between June 19 and 21. The list of speakers is here. I be on the panel “Track A Breakout: Interoperability, Open Identity, and Identity Brokers” on Tuesday, June 20, between 9 and…

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Project Higgins

This morning I participated in the Project Higgins announcement held at the Tribeca Grill in lower Manhattan. It was a freezing cold day with biting winds, but inside the screening room we had some realistic and future-looking discussions about user-centric identity. Just the topic, I know you are thinking, that…

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IBM Statement For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate Audit and Oversight Committee

As I have noted here and others have mentioned elsewhere, there is a hearing today in Boston to discuss the decision by the CIO’s office that support for OASIS OpenDocument Format be required for documents that are created, modified, and saved. IBM sent our statement to Senator Pacheco, Chair of…

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The OpenDocument discussion session yesterday at Harvard Law School

Yesterday I took part in a two hour panel-and-townhall type discussion on OpenDocument Format at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. It was too long for me to recount or maybe even remember everything I said, but luckily you can watch the whole thing. It…

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IBM letter to Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts

For the record, we sent this letter to Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts on September 23. Dear Governor Romney:On behalf of IBM, allow me to thank the Commonwealth for its diligence and leadership in publishing its Enterprise Technical Reference Model related to document formats for office applications, specifically the requirement…

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Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe

This is the text of a letter I sent to the Boston Globe last week in response to an article they published about the Massachusetts CIO’s decision to mandate the OASIS OpenDocument standard. They didn’t print the letter, but I thought it would be interesting to make it available here.…

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Your move to SOA should be a move to open

With the increasing use of open standards and open source, often brought about because of the transition to service oriented architecture (SOA), it’s important to stop and think strategically about your IT systems from the “open” perspective. To me, this means trying to temporarily put aside some of the other…

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Breaking news: Roadmap for Open ICT Ecosystems

The “Roadmap for Open ICT Ecosystems”, sponsored by IBM and Oracle, was released this morning. It is a very good read. From the Introduction: Technology transformative power has always been a source of great expectations and challenges. Today, globalization, fueled by information and communication technologies (ICT), is rapidly changing every…

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