In the past I used this analogy of data being the new oil in several presentations in the context of showing people that there was an awful lot of it to manage. But that was before I thought about it. Continue reading Is data really new oil?
The new industrial revolution is a cyber-physical systems revolution. The Internet of Things (IoT) forms a foundation for this cyber-physical systems revolution and it is driving the biggest shift in business and technology since World War II. Introduction “Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are physical and engineered systems whose operations are monitored, coordinated, controlled and integrated by a computing and communication core. Just as the internet transformed how humans interact … Continue reading Internet of Things and beyond: cyber-physical systems
The debate about the internet of things often centres on privacy, but here is why privacy on the internet of things doesn’t scare me as much as digital rights management. I tend to suspect that issues relating to privacy on the internet of things will be sorted out as a result of consumer and government expectations enshrined in privacy regulations. A key capability that is enabled … Continue reading Why privacy on the internet of things doesn’t scare me
I’ve been attending the 36th International Conference of Privacy and Data Commissioners in Mauritius, presenting on the Internet of Things (IoT) privacy and security to the attendees. It has made me very conscious of the tension between privacy/security and the drive to bring products to market quickly. Further, it seems that the challenges of data protection have not been fully considered for many Internet of … Continue reading Internet of things, data security and privacy
Truth is said to be a double edged sword. Yet truth is only a problem if one is trying to hide something. The Wikileaks saga shows how difficult is has become to keep secrets in our hyperconnected world. In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. – George Orwell Amusingly I noted a newspaper article announcing that governments around Australia … Continue reading Truth, transparency and consequences
One question that I am often asked when speaking to groups about the digital revolution is “what about privacy?” This is usually in relation to social media and social networking. Privacy comes from the Latin word privatus: In Roman law, the Latin adjective privatus makes a legal distinction between that which is “private” and that which is publicus, “public” in the sense of pertaining to the Roman people (populus … Continue reading Privacy! Who the hell ever had privacy?