How can we empower the Networked Society if we don’t consider half of it?


I’ve always been a girl drawn to the “techier” side of life. As a kid, I didn’t go to tennis or sleepaway camp—I went to computer camp, and learned how to write basic code, way back in the late 80’s.

I remember computer camp so well—how much fun it was, how it was a group of us, girls and boys, until one year, it wasn’t. One year, it was almost only boys, and that year I told my mom I didn’t want to go back again. When you don’t see anyone else who looks like you, whether they’re of a different gender or a different ethnic background, you can feel like an outsider. When you’re a kid experiencing this, you think you’re weird. Different. And you want to conform.

At Mobile World Congress, I got a chance to sit down (a luxury!) and talk to Robin Hauser Reynolds, the director and producer of the upcoming documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, which explores the glaring lack of American female and minority computer science engineers. Continue reading

Reflections on 100 blog posts about the Networked Society

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This post is my 100th contribution to Ericsson’s Networked Society blog. It has been an exciting journey worth a few reflections.

In the three years since my first post, we have seen a strong acceleration in the development of the Networked Society. Out of the seven areas I initially decided to focus on – society, industries, devices, users, video, networks and business models – I have been most surprised by the society, industry and business model areas. Particularly, the momentum for societal change in urban areas and the role and reach of the ICT industry in creating new city concepts is fascinating. Continue reading

From CERN to Barcelona: the internet a quarter-century on


The inventors of the internet could not have imagined the way their invention is radically transforming lives today.

In the weeks leading up to the Mobile World Congress, I was fortunate to be traveling around Europe during one of the most pleasant times of the year. From the northern lights in Swedish Lapland to Michelangelo’s masterpieces in Italy, the most memorable sight for me by far was CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where the world’s most prominent physicists smash particles in search of answers to mankind’s ultimate quest: how did the universe – and of all us – come into existence? Continue reading

You can take it with you – shifting expectations on video and streaming in the European Union


The European Commission is currently preparing its proposal to review copyright with the aim to make the European Digital Single Market a reality. In Brussels some interests say that the need for EU citizens to access content (which they pay for) from their home EU country while temporarily staying in another EU country is an isolated issue only for members of European Parliament that spend their working days in Brussels and then return for the weekend back to their home countries.

I don’t believe that this narrative reflects the reality of European consumers and, even more, I believe it contradicts the core principles of European unification and the creation of a European Single Market, be it digital or not!

To find out more about what European consumers think about this issue, I have asked my colleague Anders Erlandsson, a senior advisor at Ericsson ConsumerLab, to look into this matter further, and this is what Anders has to say about the expectations of European consumers: Continue reading

Smart is easy, changing perspective is hard!

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Some say that the smarter technology gets, the dumber we become. We will degenerate and become stupid, the argument goes.

Using that same logic, however, we should probably no longer have legs. Humans have been riding horses for at least the last 6,000 years, but we can still walk. Some of us even run faster than any other humans known to history. Continue reading

Going beyond gadgets – industry transformation at Mobile World Congress


Hi there. I’d like to introduce Jo Arne Lindstad, who runs Ericsson’s business for Industry & Society (customers who are not telecom operators) in Region Latin America and Caribbean. Like me, Jo Arne is a transplant. He’s Norwegian, living in Brazil. I think his expat experience makes him open to being on the front lines of a “different kind” of Ericsson. Here are his impressions of Mobile World Congress this year: Continue reading

A dispatch on intelligent transport from Mobile World Congress


We are a couple of days into Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona so I decided to pick up the phone and call a few of my colleagues who are down there. Most of them were too busy witnessing technology history in the making and wouldn’t answer my calls. But one of my calls was answered, and I managed to get my good friend Kok Liang Toh on the phone. I spent the next 15 minutes talking to him about his experience of MWC 2015. Here are a few questions I asked him, along with his responses. Continue reading

A Sunday afternoon experiment – are you ready for the sharing economy?


Here’s a fun exercise to while away a lazy Sunday afternoon: Go through your home and make note of all the possessions that you do not use every week. Don’t forget cupboards, wardrobes and storage rooms. And if you have a basement or garage, don’t forget those either! Continue reading

Did you know that only five apps dominate smartphone traffic?


I have some 120 apps on my phone. Some I use frequently, some seldom and some I have actually no idea what they do.

There must be a zillion smartphone apps out there. Still, two-thirds of mobile smartphone traffic is from only the top 5 apps in a given market. This is the case market by market and also a general global reality. A zillion apps, and only five are heavily used. Continue reading

Ericsson Industry Watch

Today’s apps and aggregators are tomorrow’s media channels


The time is gone when web-native platforms, social sites and chat apps were dismissed as irrelevant or low-quality sources of media content. Now they’re part of the media establishment, and incumbents will have to act fast to evolve to this new reality. Continue reading