A national population census might not sound like riveting stuff-until you talk to Preston Jay Waite. The deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau, he was part of the team that counted America in 2000 and will be overseeing the count again in 2010. As he reels off some of the facts around the project, you start to realize that this is a really serious undertaking. It is the nation’s largest peacetime mobilization, with more than 500,000 temporary workers and a budget in excess of USD$11 billion. The aim of the exercise is to count everyone once, and in the right place. That is a task in itself, and as he points out, not everyone wants to be counted, which makes it all a lot more difficult. This time, though, the Census is counting on technology to make a big difference, cutting costs and improving efficiency across the board. As a plenary speaker at this year’s Cisco Public Services Summit, he shared his thoughts and plans with us in this video.
David Weinberger, U.S. technologist and writer, is a formidable speaker. The co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto captivated an audience at the Cisco Public Services Summit with his thoughts on the how the Internet is changing the way we manage information and build trust with institutions.He also braved jetlag to spend a few minutes on camera talking to us about his views on IT in the public sector and how the Internet has changed the rules of engagement for politicians.
This morning at Cisco’s annual industry analyst conference, C-Scape, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers facilitated a dialogue between three industry thought leaders on collaborative technologies-via TelePresence, of course.Joining us from Cincinnati, OH (home of my Cincinnati Reds) was Filippo Passerini, Chief Information Officer and President of Global Business Services, Procter & Gamble; from London was Erik Huggers, Group Controller, Future Media, BBC; and from Boston was Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, MIT Center for Digital Business and Professor of Information Technology and Strategy, MIT. I taped a couple of segments with them talking about the power of collaborative technology. The BBC, in particular, under Huggers’ leadership is doing some amazing things with IP video and is in the middle of an overall transformation of their technology approach to delivering content-this is where I captured the most video. Professor Brynjolfsson talks about the economic impact of collaborative technologies, a field where he has done much academic and field research.I hope you enjoy the video. Click here for more information on C-Scape.
A question that seems to crop up a lot at the Cisco Public Services Summit is how civic leaders can improve the competitiveness of communities. Stockholm is not a bad place to look for clues, as it frequently occupies the higher echelons of European and global league tables and earlier this year was named as one of Europe’s top 15 international knowledge hubs. To find out how IT can help improve the competitiveness of communities, and find out more about Stockholm’s success in particular, we spoke to Kristina Alvendal, vice mayor of the city, and Geoff Mulgan, a director of the U.K.’s Young Foundation and expert on public sector transformation.
At C-Scape today, Dan Scheinman talks about the connection between Web 2.0 and video. Dan heads up our Cisco Media Solutions Group and in this video he talks about the network’s role in delivering the next-generation entertainment experience, Cisco Eos (TM) and our first “alpha customers” in this space.He answers the following questions:1. Why is Social Networking relevant to Cisco? Are we hoping to evolve into another Myspace or Facebook?2. What is your view of the current state of Social Networking? And where is it going?3. What kind of traction are you seeing with your customers?