Developed nations naturally place great store on the impact of IT but it is probably in emerging markets where technology can have the greatest effect. At this year’s Cisco Public Services Summit, Nomhle Canca, chief executive of the South African development body Blue IQ, talked about moves to introduce networked services into communities that cannot even afford PCs. We talked to her on camera talking about why IT is so important in Africa and what impact it could have on her country and the region in general.
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.
The last two days have seen more than 300 of the world’s top public sector IT decision makers gathered for Cisco’s 2007 Public Services Summit. The invite-only annual event, co-hosted by the City of Stockholm and now in its sixth year, is seen as a major networking opportunity because it brings together senior government, education and healthcare officials from around the globe in a forum which encourages open dialogue. In this video, Yvon Le Roux, Cisco vice president for the Public Sector in Europe, and Simon Willis, vice president of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, provide an overview of the summit.
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.