Truth not trust – the importance of data integrity in the Networked Society

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For the first time, we are hearing Tom Wheeler, head of the Federal Communications Commission in the US, start to discuss changes to regulation if cybersecurity is not adequately addressed by network providers. This is just a beginning. There is both need and opportunity to re-think what it takes to be safe in the Networked Society. Continue reading

Seventy seven society sketches & statistics

2014 trends

I’d like to introduce you to a collection of 77 short stories that outline the trends I believe will shape the Networked Society during the remainder of 2014. This collection is designed as a library of short stories, allowing you the flexibility to combine them into a variety of presentation formats. The world is becoming inter-dependent across a variety of areas and storytelling needs to span multiple trend domains in order for us to see the big picture. Continue reading

Take a fresh look at your city

City Index tool

Dear readers, this may be a bit too much Ericsson marketing for your taste, but for the last couple of weeks, well months actually, I’ve been working pretty hard to launch an interactive tool visualizing our Networked Society City Index. It‘s a really interesting opportunity to see your city from a new perspective and I’m pretty excited about it. So I just had to let you know. Continue reading

Do consumers want to talk to machines?

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Earlier this spring I was invited to be a keynote speaker at a conference about machine-to-machine communication, or M2M, that Ericsson was arranging in Finland. When people heard that I was going to participate, a few stared blankly at me and said, “You’re a consumer research guy and this is about machine communication. This isn’t anything you should be concerned with!” Continue reading

What can policy makers do to maximize impact from ICT?

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In my previous blog I wrote about the catalytic forces driving transformation in the Networked Society. I hope that I provided you with a good foundation and understanding of what transformative, ICT-enabled change is all about. I promised however to come back and write what policy makers can do to maximize the impact of ICT and shape the transformative change in socio-economically desired directions. Continue reading

Fathers find French and final exams fundamentally flipped

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I want to invite my colleague and telecom industry veteran, Don McCullogh, to share his thoughts on the flipped classroom and what many students might expect when they go back to school next fall. Don has first-hand experience of innovation at the Californian public school system and in this post he talks about how that is changing the roles of teachers, students and parents. Continue reading

Capillary is an essential bridge in a connected world

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Short-range radios today play an essential role in connecting smaller devices to our mobile phones. We can expect a lot of new applications leveraging the Bluetooth Low Energy and Low-Rate Wireless Personal Area Network standard (IEEE 802.15.4) with connectivity through a smartphone or wireless access point – also known as a capillary network. This concept is emerging to address the unique network needs that many new applications will have. Continue reading

Debunking the false construct of piracy and high-speed internet adoption

Piracy and internet

Only 14 percent of EU’s internet users say they would pay less and downgrade their current internet service if there was no pirated content available on the internet (source: Ericsson ConsumerLab Analytical Platform 2014). Continue reading

Big data needs a human touch

Big data and the human component

Turning data into insight calls for a balance of analytics and a human touch. In business, the full potential of big data can only be unlocked when bridged with intuition. Continue reading

Are operators playing games with me?

The future of gaming

Recently Ericsson ConsumerLab, which interviews more than 100,000 people in 40 countries worldwide, released some fascinating findings in our report on the future of gaming. My colleague and Senior Advisor at ConsumerLab, Anders Erlandsson, is one of the authors of the report and has some insights on how mobile operators could apply the concept of gamification to their business. Here what Anders says: Continue reading