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PC World’s 50 Most Important People on the Web

March 7, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

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 »

Thomas Friedman Reconfirmed

March 2, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

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 »

Net Neutrality: What’s the Problem?

February 27, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

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.

DVR Alert: Cisco CEO to Address U.S. Governors

February 23, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

DVR Alert!!!!! Tomorrow, John Chambers will address U.S. Governors at their annual meeting in Washington, DC. His topic will be on innovation and competitiveness and 45 of the 50 governors are expected to be in attendance. He will be introduced by National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Janet Napolitano, Governor of Arizona. His speech will be broadcast nationwide LIVE on C-SPAN on Saturday, February 24th at 1:00PM ET.This year, Governor Napolitano’s issue of focus, the so-called”Chair’s Initiative,” is innovation. The opportunity to address this gathering is an honor and Chambers will attempt to help frame and define the issue of innovation for the assembled Governors. John also addressed the NGA in 2002 in Boise, Idaho.John Chambers NGA Feb 2007.jpg (Cisco Chairman and CEO, John Chambers, addressing U.S. Governors at NGA Conference in Washington, DC -- February 24, 2007 -- NGA Photo) Read More »

Second Life Meets Real Life: The future of conferences?

I’ve seen more and more talk about the unconference -how conferences are moving from just structured schedules to a free-flow of ideas. Now, the Santa Fe Institute -with Cisco’s co-hosting and help -is holding a Real Life / Second Life event on Synthetic Environments and the Enterprise on Tuesday, Feb. 20.What does this mean? Cisco is hosting the event at both Techmart and in Second Life -at two amphitheaters, here and here. This event is a marriage of how the real world is being influenced by online, virtual worlds and how the economies of both are influencing decisions. Read More »