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Interesting case study of audit leading transformation
rsa  audit  compliance  transformation 
23 days ago
A Sociology of the Smartphone
"It’s dizzying to contemplate everything involved in that achievement. It fuses globally dispersed infrastructures of vertiginous scale and expense—the original constellation of American NAVSTAR Global Positioning System satellites, and its Russian, European and Chinese equivalents; fleets of camera- and Lidarequipped cars, sent to chart every navigable path on the planet; map servers racked in their thousands, in data centers on three continents; and the wired and wireless network that yokes them all together—to a scatter of minuscule sensors on the handset itself, and all of this is mobilized every time the familiar blue dot appears on the screen."

and

"The arrangements through which we allocate resources, transact value, seek to exert form on the material world, share our stories with one another, and organize ourselves into communities and polities will from now on draw upon a fundamentally new set of concepts and practices, and this is a horizon of possibilities that first opened up to us in equipping ourselves with the smartphone."
culture  mobile  sociology  supplychain 
6 weeks ago
The rise of robots in the German labour market | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal
"This implies that roughly 275,000 full-time manufacturing jobs have been destroyed by robots in the period 1994-2014. But, those sizable losses are fully offset by job gains outside manufacturing. In other words, robots have strongly changed the composition of employment by driving the decline of manufacturing jobs illustrated in Figure 1. Robots were responsible for almost 23% of this decline. But they have not been major killers so far when it comes to the total number of jobs in the German economy."
and
"Overall, we conclude that robots have not been major job killers in Germany so far, somewhat in contrast to the buzz in some of the contemporary public debate. But they do induce notable distributional shifts."
economics  automation  robots 
6 weeks ago
How to Implement Hypothesis-Driven Development | ThoughtWorks
We believe <this capability>
Will result in <this outcome>
We will know we have succeeded when <we see a measurable signal>
bdd  development  agile  hypotheses 
6 weeks ago
Idoneous Security: The Security Poverty Line, and junk food.
"I coined the term "security poverty line" to describe those organizations that, for one reason or another (usually a lack of IT funds), can't afford to reach an effective level of security, much less compliance with security regulations."
security  smallbusiness 
6 weeks ago
Your country needs funds: The extraordinary story of Britain’s early efforts to finance the First World War | Bank Underground
Sadly this doesn't give any more information on the statement - "tax revenue did quadruple over the same period"
economics  finance  history  wwI 
6 weeks ago
We Trained A Computer To Search For Hidden Spy Planes. This Is What It Found.
This sort of thing is going to be more and more of a challenge to open data efforts!
analysis  datascience  opendata  flights 
6 weeks ago
why DevOps transformations succeed where ITSM so often doesn't | The IT Skeptic
"These are the two fundamental differences that makes DevOps transformations more successful than Service Management transformations have been in the past:
starting from people and culture;
and starting from systems and flow."
devops  transformation  people 
6 weeks ago
Are Industrial Robot Costs Hitting an Inflection Point?
"While BCG4 anticipates that the historical price trajectory of robots will diminish and stall in response to underlying material costs, it fails to anticipate and incorporate innovations evolving in manufacturing. 3D printing, for example, should reduce the use and weight of materials dramatically, up to 75%, without diminishing performance."
robots  industry  manufacturing 
6 weeks ago
The Illusion of Measuring What Customers Want – Jobs to be Done
"If someone claims they have a method that promises to measure (quantify) what customers want, they’re trying to scam you"
metrics 
6 weeks ago
Human-Centered Machine Learning – Google Design – Medium
you still need to do all that hard work you’ve always done to find human needs
design  google  machinelearning 
6 weeks ago
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"Right of access to information and accountability of public services: The 10th International Conference of Information Commissioners"
publicservices  open 
6 weeks ago
“Let’s Have a Conversation” About Technology: Policy Punting or Crypto-Luddite Deflection? - Niskanen Center
Half agree with this. It probably depends what the conversation is about - is it working out how to genuinely explore challenges, experiments that will help shape understanding, users to do research with, etc?
7 weeks ago
Vanguard: Building Cloud Microservices with an On-Premises Mainframe System of Record - YouTube
Using a CDC tool to connect an on-premise DB2 database to AWS. Unclear what happens if you want to update data in the new systems...
cloud  migration  financialservices 
9 weeks ago
Twitter Bots Use Likes, RTs for Intimidation — Krebs on Security
Let that sink in for a moment: A huge collection of botted accounts — the vast majority of which should be easily detectable as such — may be able to abuse Twitter’s anti-abuse tools to temporarily shutter the accounts of real people suspected of being bots!
twitter  security  bots 
10 weeks ago
Observability: What's in a Name? | Honeycomb.io
An observable system is one you can fully interrogate. Given a pile of millions of needles, one or two of which have problems, can you slice and dice and sort finely enough to quickly locate literally any given needle?
observability 
10 weeks ago
Threat Intelligence Collaboration on the Rise - Infosecurity Magazine
"The largest group of respondents (43%) cited ransomware as their biggest security concern; the biggest fear for most participants (38%) was not being able to prevent future infection."

"“The harsh reality is that no number of security systems can stop an attack; they can only reduce the risk,” Malik said. “The severity of an attack is therefore determined by how quickly a company can respond to threats as they occur. When security teams can identify potential threats before they strike, it can save a company millions in costly damages to both revenue and reputation. Free tools are often the fastest to spot and identify new threats because they rely on the shared experiences of huge numbers of security teams around the world.” "
resilience  security  threat  intelligence 
10 weeks ago
Monitoring and Observability – Cindy Sridharan – Medium
"The crucial thing to understand here is that monitoring doesn’t guarantee that failure can be completely avoided. Monitoring provides a good approximation of the health of a system, but monitoring doesn’t prevent failure entirely."

and

"Boring old MySQL which was chosen a few years ago with eyes wide open for its boringness and its maturity and our prior experience with it. Boring old MySQL which was extensively “monitored”. Boring old MySQL which was the right choice when it was introduced into the stack, which isn’t the right choice anymore given our evolving needs. Like monitoring, boring technology, in and of itself, isn’t a panacea."
monitoring  observability  resilience 
10 weeks ago
Julian Assange, a Man Without a Country
Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He has not left the Embassy since he sought asylum there, in June, 2012. Photograph by Nadav Kander for The New…
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august 2017
Nicole Orchard
An Intro to Compilers How to Speak to Computers, Pre-Siri August 13, 2017 A compiler is just a program that translates other programs. Traditional compilers…
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august 2017
Things you may find hard to believe (or not) – Code for America Blog – Medium
In the video this kind soul sent us, the eligibility worker is exhorting his colleagues and peers in other counties to realize something important and apparently non-obvious: you can stay on the phone with the client while the documents come in. You can check the documentation and approve the client ON THE SAME PHONE CALL. You don’t have to call the person back, probably missing him or her and starting a painful game of phone tag. His enthusiasm for this feature seems out of proportion to its level of innovation (which, to be fair, is basically zero). His enthusiasm might also seen unnecessary (why isn’t it obvious that you can just stay on the phone with the client?) until you realize something about people who work with government IT systems routinely: they’ve been trained to expect and accept that IT systems don’t work well, and that they don’t change.
government  transformation  from instapaper
august 2017
What Meditation Can Do for Us, and What It Can’t
An author owns a snappy title, and then the snappy title owns the author. Robert Wright, having titled his new book “Why Buddhism Is True,” has to offer a…
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august 2017
Meet the new face of federal IT contractors -- FCW
By Steve Kelman Blog archive Meet the new face of federal IT contractors A few weeks ago I wrote about the Department of Homeland Security's Flexible Agile…
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august 2017
Part 7: The Value of Digital-focused Curriculum at a Policy School
Learning Digital at the Harvard Kennedy School This post is still part of the Teaching Digital at HKS: A Roadmap series, but is specifically designed to…
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august 2017
Cloud Data Auditing Techniques with a Focus on Privacy and Security
Key Takeaways This research focuses on cryptographic algorithms for cloud data auditing and the integrity and privacy issues that these algorithms face. It’s…
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july 2017
Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility | Scientific Reports
in a dataset where the location of an individual is specified hourly, and with a spatial resolution equal to that given by the carrier's antennas, four spatio-temporal points are enough to uniquely identify 95% of the individuals
privacy  security  anonymity 
july 2017
The Next Generation of SaaS Won't Optimize for User Engagement - PlainFlow Blog | About SaaS marketing, product analytics, and startups
Anti-active usage products slash the switching costs between products and tools in our workday and centralize the metrics of their output in a single dashboard. These products allow you and your team to concentrate more on a strategic and on a tactic level.
saas 
july 2017
Upsideclown
, he said. He cut a slightly awkward figure as he strode down the High Street, swinging his battered Gladstone bag in such a wide arc that he seemed to risk…
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july 2017
Sexual harassment in tech: Women tell their stories
Sexual harassment in tech: Women tell their stories by Sara O’Brien, with reporting from Laurie Segall by Sara O’Brien, with reporting from Laurie Segall It was…
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july 2017
The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data
"Old ways of thinking about competition, devised in the era of oil, look outdated in what has come to be called the “data economy” (see Briefing). A new approach is needed."

and

"Rebooting antitrust for the information age will not be easy. It will entail new risks: more data sharing, for instance, could threaten privacy. But if governments don’t want a data economy dominated by a few giants, they will need to act soon."
data  facebook  google  regulation  antitrust  economics 
july 2017
Timothy Perrett · Envoy with Nomad and Consul
13 May 2017 Envoy with Nomad and Consul The past couple of years of my professional life have been spent working in, on and around datacenter and platform…
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july 2017
Content isn't king — Benedict Evans
"whenever I talk to music people or book people, very quickly the conversation becomes a music industry conversation or a book industry conversation. What matters for music are artists and touring and labels and so on, and what matters for books are writers and publishers and rights and Amazon’s bargaining power in books and so on. These aren’t tech conversations. The big tech platform companies rolled into these industries and changed everything, but then moved on to bigger things. Sometimes they left a business unit behind, but books and recorded music aren’t part of their strategic thinking anymore: Amazon has a big ebooks business, but Prime and perhaps Alexa are the strategic levers. Tech needed content to make their devices viable, but having got the content (by any means necessary), and with it of course completely resetting the dynamics of the industry, tech outgrew music and books and moved on to bigger opportunities. "
media  content  transformation  digital  amazon 
july 2017
how to do nothing – Jenny Odell – Medium
This is a version of a keynote I gave at EYEO 2017 in Minneapolis. I’d like to start off by saying that this talk is grounded in a particular location, and that…
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july 2017
It’s a testing time for BA passengers who lost out in IT chaos | Money | The Guardian
the Consumer Rights Act may give you – and others – a route to compensation. Since October 2016 transport operators have come under the auspices of the act, which appears to give passengers the right to seek consequential losses if the service received fell way below the standard expected. The problem, say experts, is that it’s so far untested in court.
travel  compensation  rights 
july 2017
Introductory bullshit detection for non-technical managers
You are a non-technical manager for a team of programmers or other highly skilled domain experts. You sometimes have some difficulties “speaking the same…
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july 2017
The Man Who Coined ‘Global Warming’ on the Worst-Case Scenario for Earth
Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images This week, to accompany our cover story on worst-case climate scenarios, we’re publishing a series of extended interviews with…
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july 2017
The Golden Age of Restaurants in America - The Atlantic
For restaurants in America, it is the best of times, and it is the worst of times. Last century’s dystopians imagined that mediocre fast-food chains would take…
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july 2017
Words about the Web of Words – @jukesie – Medium
thinking out loud about an event about thinking out loud 62 people have responded to my survey to see if there is any interest in my idea of a conference about…
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july 2017
Resurrecting the Forgotten Bike Highways of 1930s Britain
Cycleway near Dorking, Surrey. Courtesy of Carlton Reid In the 1930s, Britain’s Ministry of Transport built an extensive network of bike highways around the…
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july 2017
LRB · William Davies · Reasons for Corbyn
When the internet first became part of everyday life in the late 1990s, it was celebrated as a wondrous new publishing machine, an amalgam of printing press and…
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july 2017
Exactly-once Support in Apache Kafka – Jay Kreps – Medium
On Thursday we released a new version of Apache Kafka that dramatically strengthens the semantic guarantees it provides. This release came at the tail end of…
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july 2017
Second Machine Age or Fifth Technological Revolution? (Part 4) – Beyond the Technological Revolution
Second Machine Age or Fifth Technological Revolution? Different interpretations lead to different recommendations – reflections on Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew…
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july 2017
Google VP Eric Brewer on open source, innovation and the economics of cloud
Google VP Eric Brewer on open source, innovation and the economics of cloud Eric Brewer. Source: Google Many people know Eric Brewer not just as Google’s vice…
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june 2017
Best of 2016: “Diversity Is the Engine of Invention” | CFA Institute Enterprising Investor
“Diversity isn’t just sound social policy. Diversity is the engine of invention. It generates creativity that enriches the world.” — Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada
diversity  Trudeau  canada 
june 2017
Some Businesses Bleed Black | Tim O'Reilly | Pulse | LinkedIn
"Have a vision (ours is "changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators") and pivot within that vision"
vision  business 
may 2017
Which Productivity Puzzle? – William H. Janeway – Medium
"So it is now, just 50 years from the invention of the microprocessor, that the complex of digital technologies have matured to the point that — from the point of view of the user — ICT has begun to disappear, as electricity did for our grandparents."
economics  technology 
may 2017
User-guided caching in Docker for Mac - Docker Blog
Recent Docker releases (17.04 CE Edge onwards) bring significant performance improvements to bind-mounted directories on macOS. (Docker users on the stable…
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may 2017
Considering chance in quality and safety performance measures: an analysis of performance reports by boards in English NHS trusts | BMJ Quality & Safety
We hope that our study will provoke investigation of how charts are presented to decision makers (and whether or not the role of chance is depicted). Our focus on English hospitals may seem solipsist at first glance, since it is focused on but one issue in but one country. However, the results speak to broader issues of public engagement in science and statistics. The hospital board is one of many places where citizens and managers need to be numerate in order to take a view on issues that affect them.
research  reporting  boards  error  chance 
may 2017
How to Change a Culture: Lessons From NUMMI
"Toyota’s objectives at NUMMI were defined by learning rather than by the kinds of tangible business objectives that typically define a joint venture". Oft-referenced, finally saved on pinboard
culture  management  agile  nummi  shook 
may 2017
Five Lessons from Scaling Pinterest – Greylock Perspectives
"Your job is not to build the features your users ask for, it’s to ask the right questions that help you find the scalable solution — the solution that the majority of users will do. In this case, instead of helping users re-arrange pins, we built a feature we called “personal search”. Now, a pinner can search across all their pins to find the pin they’re looking for. A lot more people will do a search than constantly re-arrange their pins."
business  design  questions 
april 2017
Neuralink and the Brain's Magical Future - Wait But Why
Last month, I got a phone call. Okay maybe that’s not exactly how it happened, and maybe those weren’t his exact words. But after learning about the new company…
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april 2017
Dream On, Peter Case (Interview by Middle Mojo Magazine)
Peter Case left home when he was 16, taught himself to play country blues on the streets of San Francisco, and was in a couple of signal L.A. rock bands: The…
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april 2017
How to change social norms? | From Poverty to Power
"A ‘power within’ analysis would look at the moments in people’s lives when norms are formed or reformed, and the crucibles that forge them. I suspect that that would lead us to give priority to 3 arenas in particular: the family, faith organizations, and early years education"
change  power  newopensociety 
april 2017
Cloud Ubiquity – it’s coming, but not yet! | McAfee Blogs
"Our survey indicated 74% of organizations are storing sensitive data in the public cloud and personal customer information is the most popular form of this sensitive data."
cloud  adoption  security 
april 2017
Fault Domains and the Vegas Rule – Subbu’s Blog
Nice simple explanation of this approach to separation and resiliency
resilience  separation  cloud  architecture 
april 2017
Innovation Can Fix Government, Sure. Either That or Break It
Jared Kushner, the Trump administration's new top innoventer. Michael Kappeler/AP You don’t need to be in government to know how slowly it moves. In business,…
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march 2017
It’s Not Just Semantics: Managing Outcomes Vs. Outputs
"Outcomes are the benefit your customers receive from your stuff. This starts with truly understanding your customers’ needs—their challenges, issues, constraints, priorities—by walking in their shoes and in their neighborhoods, businesses, and cultures. See what’s inconvenient, taking a lot of time, money, and/or effort. Your customers are too busy to plan, shop for, and cook healthy meals. What if you made a healthy, reasonably priced, fast-cooking meal so a family could eat better? Create a solution that your customers can sustain, and you enable life-changing outcomes, big and small."
outcomes 
march 2017
Defining outcomes
"An outcome is a change in a target audience’s skills, attitudes, knowledge, behaviors, status, or life condition brought about by experiencing a program." - with examples for librarians
outcomes 
march 2017
Cisco UK & Ireland Blog » The Internet is OK… so what is the future of PSN
Interesting to see Cisco writing a post following my PSN announcement in January
psn  internet  networking 
march 2017
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