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The Misalignment Between The Economic Success of Local Government and Their Residents

As you can see from some of the other posts here, at the request of the US Conference of Mayors, I’ve been focusing on an economic development strategy that will work in the future.  As a result of that work, I’ve been presenting my ideas in many places and before many audiences, generally including mayors or other senior officials of local government.

Without going into the whole line of reasoning, I discuss the combined effects of (1) a future with ubiquitous high quality communications and (2) the shift of the labor force to providing ideas and other intangible services.  One implication of these trends is the disaggregation of the monolithic big company that would concentrate jobs in a city and, as an alternative, the empowerment of fluid teams of individuals.

To drive the point home, I argue that the true measure of the economic success of a city is the sum (or the median?) of the income and wealth of its residents — and not the total sales of companies that might have a local postal address there. Read More »

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Back to School

As summer rolls into fall, my kids are heading back to school.  It’s always an interesting transition but this year even more so with my daughter going away to college for the first time.   This has brought back a flood of memories from my own college education experiences. 

I have always had a passion for education and have a strong belief in continous learning. 

Today, so much is available on the web, through social media websites, and online video

In the world of technology and government, there is so much more to learn every day.  New technologies: cloud,  cybersecurity and virtualization, new delivery methods: virtual classrooms, online video, and collaboration, and new government requirements and certifications.

I recently came  across some useful learning resources including the Cisco CCNP Security Certification courseware and VMware/Cisco  network considerations for desktop virtualization.    

See below.   

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Are smart cards heading the way of video recorders?

I read an article recently discussing the advantages and disadvantages of smartcards. I know that there have been quite a few distributed, but it seems to me that the adoption rate and the length of time they have been available are a bit out of sync. I would have thought that we would have many more smartcards, used in more places, being as they werer actually invented in 1968, and were widely used in French pay phones starting in 1983.

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Security Today – Magic or just a throwback to a 1960′s episode of Star Trek?

Stealing a quote from Arthur C. Clarke: “Any technology, sufficiently developed, is indistinguishable from magic”. Some people would certainly consider security these days as magic. Okay, so much for that reference, but what does Star Trek have to do with government and security, my typical topics. Star Trek, although mostly about exploration sure seemed to have a bit of a “Space Military” characteristic to it. Isn’t that what the Star Fleet was all about? (no offense intended, Capt. Kirk.)

Lately, I’ve been doing some research for a paper on the integration of physical and logical security (I did an initial paper that you can see here: Click on “The Necessity of Security”) and it dawned on me how very similar the technology of today is to the science fiction of the 1960’s, or in Mr. Clarke’s case, magic. So here is a synopsis of some of my observations. I’m sure there are more; please feel free to reply with what I’ve missed or your own favorites.

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Cloud: Changing the Way We Live, Work, Play and Learn

Cloud is not a passing trend; recent investments into cloud research centers and infrastructure have demonstrated that industries from higher education to governments are taking a serious look at cloud based technology and embracing it as an enabler of networking of the future.

Here are just a few examples of how cloud technology is being used today:

German service provider builds a secure, multitenant cloud for churches and public sector organizations to deliver business applications to millions of end users; enabling customers to dynamically scale resources on demand and accelerated time to market for new services.

Seattle University deploys unified computing and virtual desktop  by converting 20 campus computer labs and over 1500 desktop computers into virtual desktops and as a result decreased operating expenses, prolonged desktop lifecycle, and synced all labs on a uniform software program to ensure faster response times to students, teachers and faculty to help meet educational and administrative needs. Read More »

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