Developing a policy toolkit for the Networked Society

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In a famous quote Victor Hugo once said, “nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” This is possibly the best statement for appropriately capturing the current state of mind of the ICT sector. The industry is not only converging in its thinking towards one singular concept – digital- or ICT-enabled transformation – but, even more so, it is also taking the concept to its logical conclusion – what does the concept mean for the rest. Continue reading

The Stockholm telephone tower – when telecom was in a prototype phase

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Editor’s note: This is the second of two posts we’re running on Telefontornet, the old “phone tower” in Stockholm. Pictures of the tower always fascinate people, and they inspired two different takes from our bloggers.

Sir, I have problem with my phone line. Can you fix it please? Continue reading

When the telephone lines darkened the sun in Stockholm

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Editor’s note: This is the first of two posts we’re running on Telefontornet, the old “phone tower” in Stockholm. Pictures of the tower always fascinate people, and they inspired two different takes from our bloggers.

In the late 1800s, Sweden was the most telephone-dense country in the world, and Stockholm had more telephones than any of the major cities in the world, with 4,832 subscribers. Because of this huge demand, the decision was made in 1887 to build Telefontornet. Continue reading

Building a more open and inclusive way to pay in Peru

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Everything I used to know about Peru I learned from Paddington Bear. And that character from my childhood bookshelf summed it up most briefly: “I came from deepest, darkest Peru.” Continue reading

We are not driving the Networked Society; it is driving us

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We’ve been talking about the Networked Society at Ericsson for just over four years now. So what’s happened in those four years?

Well, as connectivity continues to expand across the globe, we’ve seen our vision come to life. We’ve seen more and more people gain the opportunity to collaborate and innovate together. And we wanted to capture their stories. Continue reading

Lessons from life logging – my first months with photographic memory

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According to design consultancy Fjord, there are 27 different types of wearables you can be wearing right now. One type of these wearables – a life-log – equips you with a photographic memory – one separate from your smartphone and that works without pushing a button. Continue reading

I’m proud to be changing the world

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Our industry is one that’s changing the world for the better. It feels great to be a part of that and to work for a company with such a strong vision. I get to be part of making tools for changing every person’s life on earth. Continue reading

Society needs security, data needs integrity

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This the second excerpt from a new paper that I co-wrote with Jason Hoffman, our VP and Head of Cloud Product Line at Ericsson, titled: The Game Has Changed: Time to Press the GO Button. The paper is the third in a series (also check out part one and part two) on the massive business changes we are currently experiencing in the telecoms, IT, and cloud industries: Continue reading

The game has changed: the Internet of Things for the Networked Society

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In 2012, Jason Hoffman, then CTO of Joyent, and I wrote two papers together. The first paper, Changing the Game, attempted to place the massive business changes we are currently experiencing in the telecoms, IT, and cloud industries into a simple and understandable context. The second paper, Winning the Game, explained what conclusions could be drawn and what actions taken if these conclusions are to be believed.

Two years on, the pace of change has, if anything, accelerated. Jason is now VP and Head of Cloud Product Line at Ericsson, and we wanted to draw back the veil a little further with this post – and one to follow shortly – taken from our third paper: “The Game Has Changed: Time to Press the GO Button.”

So fasten your seatbelts – we’re in for a ride! Continue reading

Arisan and the rise of m-commerce in Indonesia

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Following the recent release of our Mobile Commerce in Emerging Asia study, my fellow Networked Society evangelist and Jakarta-based Ericsson Indonesia Head of Marketing Hardyana Syintawati reflects on what may have put her country at the forefront of m-commerce activities. Here’s her story: Continue reading