Tag archives: ICT

If you have a right to privacy, do you have an equal right to obscurity?

*+-For many years, there has been an enormous amount of information available online about all of us, but the cost of discovery made its existence irrelevant. That is changing with the ability to “discover” large amounts of data with scale and immediacy. But this data was never private – so what’s the problem?

Empowering societies with mobile health

*+-Various telecom operators around the world have begun to offer mobile health services in partnership with healthcare providers for remote patient monitoring. This is truly required for patients with chronic illnesses and mobility issues – in these cases mobile health drastically improves their quality of life. But what if people cannot afford to own their own health monitoring equipment?

Santa Cloud is coming to town …

*+-The cloud could be a big help for Santa Claus during his one huge workday , not to mention the rest of the year when he has to prepare himself and his team of managers, the elves, for a lighting-fast global logistics operation. Here are a few ways that Santa could seamlessly manage his people, himself, resources, customers, and suppliers in the cloud:

The top ten consumer trends for 2015 and beyond

*+-From a personal perspective, trying out a couple of new apps and ultimately keeping one or two of them for daily use doesn’t seem like a lot of change – but it has a huge impact on society as a whole. Do you remember as a child how irritating it was to meet grandparents or relatives at big events and having to suffer the “Oh, you have grown so much” commentary? When you are the one changing, you don’t see it, even if it was so striking to others.

Putting airlines and banks on notice in the Networked Society

*+-ll I can think about is: Why aren’t the bags connected? It seems that the Internet of Things has managed to skip over the airline baggage industry. When you send a package via the US Postal Service or UPS, you get a tracking number and you can watch your package as it moves from warehouse to airplane to another warehouse to a truck coming to your door. Fantastic.

What are policy makers doing to make the Networked Society a reality?

*+-In particular, we see that countries in the earlier stages of ICT development have a greater focus on supply side initiatives, building network infrastructures and encouraging widespread internet usage. Countries in later stages of ICT development focus more on demand side measures and embedding ICT into the national society and economy.

Why Grandma needs to get connected

*+-As reported in a ConsumerLab report, 31 percent of 65 to75-year-olds own a smartphone or a tablet, devices that have proven so much more accessible than computers and email systems of the past.

Why is it so important to not leave the older generation behind digitally? Well, in 2000, for the first time in history, there were more people in the world aged 60 or over than there were children below the age of 5. Since that turning point, in less than 15 years, the average global life expectancy has increased by another six years.

Smart citizens make smart cities

*+-As we look towards this increasingly urbanized society, there is a lot of talk about smart cities being the answer. But how do we build these smart cities? Do we need to form government committees, public private partnerships, and fund PR campaigns? Maybe, but it turns out that the biggest driver of the smart city is a lot closer to home: it’s you, the smart citizen.

A bionic bar makes for better blends – a quantum-leap forward in mixology

*+-Bartending and mixology made a quantum leap forward when the world’s first bionic bar was launched on a cruise ship earlier this month. Are you ready to start ordering your drinks from your phone and have them delivered by a robot, or are you an old-fashioned fan?

Connected animals can help us protect endangered species

*+-The journeys of the endangered Atlantic loggerhead turtles are among the longest in the animal kingdom, and they have largely remained a mystery until now. An international team of scientists led by Brendan Godley of the University of Exeter has uncovered the migratory secrets of the loggerhead turtles in West Africa, and the results could have huge implications for developing strategies to protect them.