Charlie Giancarlo is Cisco’s Chief Development Officer and President, Linksys. His full bio here. (.pdf document)Today, we announced Cisco’s agreement to acquire WebEx Communications, Inc. We feel strongly that network-based collaboration is a large part of our future and believe that WebEx is an excellent platform to build on. Whether for students using the web to collaborate on research projects or for medical specialists to work together to make the best medical decisions, collaborative technologies are growing in sophistication and use because people want to work or play with other people regardless of physical proximity.Many pundits are trying to define Web 2.0 or even predict Web 3.0. What Web 2.0 means to me is straightforward: Web 2.0 technologies allow users to collaborate directly over the open platform of the Internet -collaborating with video, voice and information 24 hours a day, 24 time zones around the world. Web 2.0 is perhaps most evident in the consumer marketplace with social networking sites, mash-ups and video sharing services. This is the”play” part of Web 2.0. But this collaborative technology will make huge advances in the business effectiveness with online collaborative tools like WebEx’s. WebEx was one of the early leaders in this market and remains a leader 10 years later, making intercompany collaboration accessible and easy for their customers. Read More »
Last year, Cisco teamed up with MTVU -- the broadband and college oriented cable network of MTV - to create the Digital Incubator project -- a national grant program with the aim of discovering and supporting new digital media broadband innovators. We are excited to report that a winning team from the first year of MTVU’s and Cisco’s Digital Incubator project won the student “Web Award” at the SXSW Interactive Festival. The UCLA student web project known as “How Do I Say This” is the winner of the SXSW Interactive student web award!!!! SXSW, of course, is South by Southwest Interactive, Film and Music Festivals and conference that takes place each year in Austin, Texas.Cisco is obvlously proud to be a partner with MTVU and to help give a platform for all of the creativity at the Digital Incubator project, but, clearly, we’re most pleased for the team at UCLA and their “How Do I Say This?” project. Great job, UCLA team. Now, if Arron Afflalo can just get hot in the NCAA tournament and bring home another bit of recognition to UCLA in the form of another NCAA basketball championship!!! (And, with apologies to an un-named Cisco executive who went to Duke, I’d be quite happy with my home-state Tar Heels bringing home some hardware as well.) Read More »
Many of you have likely already seen PC World’s “50 Most Important People on the Web” article that came out this Monday. I just came across it thanks to the Fake Steve Jobs blog, which is back online after a brief hiatus. Lists always leave someone out who think they should be on it. “Am I on the list?” “Did I make the list?” “Who’s on the list?” My comment on the PC World list is this: (And, yes, this is Sour Grapes 101)…Cisco is not on the list that is self-entitled, “Here’s who’s shaping what you read, watch, hear, write, buy, sell, befriend, flame, and otherwise do online.” To be sure, this list is focused on social media and web policy, etc. However, the list says it includes what you “otherwise do online”…i.e. what enables your online experience.IMHO, I would argue that it is Cisco gear that is enabling all of this interaction and social media to take place. (Of course, we are not service providers, but our gear enables service providers (cable, telecom, etc.) to give the world “dial-tone” to the internet.) Fake Steve Jobs blogs sub-head says, “Dude, I invented the frigging iPod. Have you heard of it?” I think the sub-head of this blog should be “We invented the friggin network router. Have you heard of it?” Read More »
Wow, it’s March already. What the heck happened to January and February? And, as the old yarn tell us, March starts like a lion and ends like a lamb. And, if there was any doubt in anybody’s mind that we’re now in a global economy, one need look no further than what happened on Wednesday with the Chinese stock market that then had the ripple effect on the world markets.My out of work focus of late has been on one Mr. Jack Earnhardt. One month old this coming Monday. He’s going to live and grow up in a world very different from the one that we all live in today. With the collaborative tools that are being built and the solutions that are being offered and will be offered (over the network, of course) he’s going to be able to have experiences and opportunities that you and I could never dream of. Read More »
SAN JOSE, CA -- So, I’m at the Tech Policy Summit at the Hayes Mansion and Declan McCullagh of CNET is leading a panel entitled “The Future of the Internet: The End of the Web as We Know It?” On the panel is Andrew McLaughlin, Head of Global Public Policy and Senior Counsel at Google; Lauren Gelman, Associate Director of Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society; and Jim Dempsey, Policy Director for the Center for Democracy and Technology. The topic of the panel has moved to Net Neutrality and I must admit that I’m as confused as ever…nothing new here, but nothing has cleared up for me on “the other side’s position.”Andrew McLaughlin said that he is “a big fan of evidence based policy making” yet Google will “absolutely” support net neutrality legislation this session of Congress even though the “details of the legislation are still being worked on.” Hence, my confusion.Further, Lauren Gelman says that people should have the same access to her blog as they would to a Britney Spears video released by a major corporation. Um…my confusion quotient is getting higher. I’m pretty sure I can access both of these now. I’ve even linked to them to use the “evidence based” way of looking at things. Which brings me back to “I’m a big fan of evidence based policy.” What is the evidence that there is a problem? Sure, there may be one or two anecdotes, but no evidence. Seriously, what’s the problem?One bit of logic (imho) was when McLaughlin echoed the recent sentiments of his CEO, Eric Schmidt, when he said he thinks the net neutrality issue will ultimately be solved by competition. Yep, the marketplace. That I understand.UPDATE: I guess I wasn’t the only one confused. Please read Scott Cleland’s blog entry here which includes reporting from Communications Daily on this panel.