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TechCityInsider unveils 2013's top 100 @lilycole @jamesparton @techcityinsider @melex @SFlavellFDM

TechCityInsider has revealed the TechCityInsider100 2013 – its list of 100 remarkable people helping make digital London tick. …and I am on this list squeezed between Mel Exon, BBH and Sheila Flavell from FDM Group great to see Lily from Impossible on the list – thank you. The TCi100 is not a ranked list, but an alphabetically presented collection of 100 interviews conducted for over the course of the year. It's a snapshot of the year in tech, listing the people we think are helping to redefine digital business in London and beyond. 2013 is TechCityInsider's second year of discovery and analysis of London's technology business scene. The 2013 list is an entirely new group of 100, adding to 2012′s initial 100 to make TCi alumni that now numbers 200. Our criteria for inclusion include business idea, founder experience, reputation, contribution to the community and

My contribution to a new book project called shift 2020

I am very pleased to announce my contribution to a new book project called  shift 2020  - How Technology Will Impact Our Future. It's a self-published book curated by Rudy De Waele including foresights on how technology will impact our future by some of the world's leading experts. The story The idea of  shift 2020  is based upon  Mobile Trends 2020 , a collaborative project Rudy launched early 2010. It's one of the highest viewed decks on Slideshare (in the Top 50 of All Time in Technology / +320k views). Reviewing the document a couple of weeks ago, he realised the future is catching up on us much faster than many of the predictions that were made. so, he asked the original contributors for an update on their original predictions and new foresights for the year 2020. Additionally, Rudy broadened the scope of this new book project and asked new contributors to give their vision and foresights on the following topics: 3D Printing, AI, Apps, Biotech, Cloud, 

Alessandro Acquisti: Why privacy matters

“Any personal information can become sensitive at some point!” The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research -- including a project that shows how easy it is to match a photograph of a stranger with their sensitive personal information. What motivates you to share your personal information online? Alessandro Acquisti studies the behavioral economics of privacy (and information security) in social networks

if My Digital Footprint is an original work - what automatic copyright am I afforded?

Assumption : My Digital Footprint is an original work Protection : there are framework to protect original work from copy Does my original work, which changing moment by moment, afford any automatic copyright?

I will be speaking at IDentity Next '13 - The Hague 19th November


I am speaking at #mobilerocks @MobilistaRocks

I am speaking at Mobilista Rockstars ( ) which is being organised by Tomi Ahonen.  Mobilista Rockstars is a unique collection of 3, 2-day events that are all going to be taking place in the week of 7 th October in Hong Kong, London and New York.  The focus is on “ defining the commercial opportunities in digital for this decade ” Tomi has been putting this together now for a couple of months and I’m flattered to have been asked to be one of the 32 keynote presenters, especially in such an incredible line-up of industry thought-leaders.   As a speaker, I’m also in a position to offer you a 10% discount if you decide to attend the event.  All the registrations for the event are being taken online at and if you can see the value in coming along please use the discount code 1MRTF and that will qualify you for the reduced attendance price. I hope that you can join me at one of the events, as it would be great to see

I will be speaking at MUNICH MEDIA DAYS on 18th October

I will be speaking at MEDIENTAGE MUNICH 2013   about Location and digital footprints. The overall theme this year is “Mobile Life: A Challenge for Media, Advertising and Society”

Why do you think deleting an account reduces your digital footprint?

Somewhere out there, there is a copy of your data.  Once created and you have shared it  publicly  it will be there - somewhere outside of your control.  Just because you have removed it from your places, it doesn't mean that it has been removed from everywhere….. The only  truly  private place is what happens in your mind and never shared. Everything else is based on trust.

When Your Data Wanders to Places You've Never Been

By   NATASHA SINGER Source: The essence of this is article is that we don't know how or why something's happen in a digital world. Our data can go anywhere and is not in our control – nor is what others imply about us based on our data.  When it adds value we love it, when it does not we find it creepy

What does it mean to be employed when there is nothing called a job?

Tony Fish @My Digital Footprint How would you define work in a networked world?   This is an excellent piece by danah boyd This is a TED talk by Wingham Rowan on “A new kind of job market” exploring the new labour market  And here is Andrew McAfee on “What will future jobs look like?” The point of this is that Employment as a measure is about to be made redundant

#PIPsters (personal information players)

Research carried out among online gamers by  The Future Laboratory  for found that more than half would divulge personal information in return for a little something. 35% of people in the UK have already used a self-quantifying app or service to monitor their fitness levels, mental health, and sleep patterns. To download and read the full report see  here . Dubbed PIPsters (personal information players), this group of tech-savvy consumers are more than aware that their personal information is in great demand, and they are happy for it to be used as long as they get something in return. One person I have backed on Kickstarter is  Zannier who sold his  data on Kickstarter

Your online life, permanent as a tattoo

Not that I agree with this – but always good to have many views.

Growth from more data and more machines

As machines take on more jobs, many find themselves out of work or with raises indefinitely postponed. Is this the end of growth? No, says Erik Brynjolfsson -- it’s simply the growing pains of a radically reorganized economy. A riveting case for why big innovations are ahead of us … if we think of computers as our teammates. Be sure to watch the opposing viewpoint from Robert Gordon.

Questions that I cannot see Personal Lockers addressing

If data is…. My transaction data. Data from any, all and every transaction – spending, investment, bills, gifts, selling and free – Environment Data.  Where you are, what your environment is like, wind speed, temperature, gas usage, petrol consumption – everything. ,  :   Quantified self . Sensor Data from Google Glass , Nike+ sportwatch , Zeo sleep manage , Omron blood pressure monitor , Accu-Check blood glucose meter ,  Fitbit Flex wristband , Sportline heart rate monitor , MoodScope log and 1,000’s of sport apps on your smartphone.  Should the data be in silo or under my control or both? Routes and Routine data.   All your geo data , Content Data.   All data about how you create, use, consume, generate, recommend, share, about you, generate for any and all types of media and content – too many to mention Medical data. You and your

The Secret Life of Data in the Year 2020 or just more dilemmas?

Image : Source of viewpoint: This post at The Futurist is by Brian David Johnson (worst linkedIn profile ever!) who is a futurist for Intel and writes about how geotags, sensor outputs, and big data are changing the future. He argues that we need a better understanding of our relationship with the data we produce in order to build the future we want. Personally I am not sure that anyone will think about sensors and the data that is shared but I do think that there will be debate about who decides.  The classic of this is the fictional scenario of the self drive car, a narrow bridge and a school child. Scenario 1.  You and I are being driven by the auto drive and as you cross the narrow bridge the child jumps out in front of us – the sensors go mad and realise that you cannot stop and you are driven through the wall into the raging river bel

congratulations to Cllr Tony Fish elected The Mayor of Thurrock


Teens, Social Media and Privacy

Pew Internet  have released a new report  on Teens, Social Media and Privacy. Download Summary of Findings Teens share a wide range of information about themselves on social media sites; indeed the sites themselves are designed to encourage the sharing of information and the expansion of networks. However, few teens embrace a fully public approach to social media. Instead, they take an array of steps to restrict and prune their profiles, and their patterns of reputation management on social media vary greatly according to their gender and network size. These are among the key findings from a new report based on a survey of 802 teens that examines teens’ privacy management on social media sites: ·          Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they did in the past. For the five different types of personal information that we measured in both 2006 and 2012, each is significantly more likely to be shared by teen social media use

"To be The Most Trusted Provider of Brilliant Digital Experiences" - which Brand Vision?

Here’s a presentation  from James Morgan , Telefonica UK’s head of information strategy for business intelligence. Telefonica new ‘vision’: “To be The Most Trusted Provider of Brilliant Digital Experiences”   My problem is that this is all about control aka the Apple model and not an open model – implicit is that they know better than you about what you want!

Unlocking the Value of Personal Data

Source: this is a Katie O’Brien post on UnBounded ID and she brings up the “shift from controlling data collection to focusing on data usage.” The reason for this blog is that I am an advocate of users being able to know where there data is.  I cannot subscribe to user controlled data as it is just not practicable and I cannot subscribe to personal lockers as this becomes the weakest point. However, I do subscribe to an idea that a user should know where their data is, be able to correct it if it is wrong and be able to say that some data is a primary source and other places are copies.  Control does not exist and rights may only be granted in some instances. I don’t want to store my data, I just want the link to where the data is. Obviously this becomes more difficult if an agency is intercepting my data on route and storing it off line. #NAS #PRISON The issue being that if I do have some cont

Screenagers: The Repercussions of Growing Up on Screens


How Real Revenue Is Derived from Big Data

Wikibon has  published  its Big Data Vendor Revenue and Market Forecast for 2012 thru 2017, giving insights as to how much revenue big data vendors will derive in the coming years. They have also published an infographic,

Biostamp electronic tattoo

Motorola is looking at alternatives to traditional passwords in a bid to make logging into online sites, or accessing mobile phones, more secure.  Given that it takes 24 hours to break any 8 character password. These bio stamps, developed by Massachusetts-based engineering firm MC10, contain flexible electronic circuits that are attached to the wearer's skin using a rubber stamp. The device could then be used to confirm the owner's identity and log them in to accounts automatically.  This would prevent thieves and other people from being able to access a phone, or individual apps on the device, if it is stolen or lost.  If you are not there…. However – ·          like any tech I assume it can be scanned and copied ·          how do you deal with interference, jamming? ·          how will it cope with a high power transmitter? Therefore does it actually solve a problem or not?  Not sure it does but interesting thinking that the movement of 5 mm from your wall

2013 Internet Trends Mary Meeker

KPCB Internet Trends 2013 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

What Causes Behaviour Change? The Fogg Behavior Model

Different to ideas presented here by Robin Wright (founder of Engine) who was exploring why the human brain demands so much more energy to change its mind - the implication is that loyalty is actually laziness.  Also worth reading is Nir Eyal who blogs at Nir and Far - who writes about behavior and the brain - he has an interesting post on how we deceive ourselves which aligns with Daniel Ariely work. 

Now Google reader gone - how do you get My Digital Footprint again?

So Google's Reader has gone…. I have survived the end of the work and happily my own personal feeds are all still working. I am still using gReader pro now synced to Feedly, but I have lost a number of feeds in the process so I thought I would do an easy up. Options are for feeds to My Digital Footprint are Do nothing If still working, well done The RSS feed email subscription if you click on subscribe you can enter an email – all will work again

Book: Trust is a Choice

Source: Amazon link and   Extract Trust is a universal but culture-bound phenomenon and a critical success factor in corporate life. The author provides a compilation of anthropological theoretical threads on trust. She conducted a long-time ethnography of a company and describes what trust is, how it is established and maintained in this particular organization, and addresses the question whether it can be regained when lost. This elaborated case proves that the anthropological methods can be helpful in researching this abstract topic. An additional chapter outlines and further discusses the used research methods. This book is for students, scholars, and for managers of companies that are interested in trust theory and research as well as business anthropology. Dr. Stephanie A. Krawinkler, is a social and cultural anthropologist, author, and lecturer at the University of Vienna. She has been conducting busin

Personal data filing

Personal has signed a partnership with FileThis to automatically deliver bills and statements from the leading financial, insurance, utility, health and retail companies directly to Personal.

Douglas Rushkoff on Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

The always-on, simultaneous society in which we have found ourselves has altered our relationship to culture, media, news, politics, economics, and power. We are living in a digital temporal landscape, but instead of exploiting its asynchronous biases, we are misguidedly attempting to extend the time-is-money agenda of the Industrial Age into the current era. The result is a disorienting and dehumanizing mess, where the zombie apocalypse is more comforting to imagine than more of the same. It needn't be this way. Is one view of the world and the direction of Digital! FUD sells…

Wearable technology and Digital Footprints they are inter-related


Complexity has just got a more complex

John Hagel has written an inspiring piece on HBR picking up on the thinking of Drucker in relationship to complexity. Source of thought is here: The challenge John lays down is “If we are to successfully adapt to the escalating complexity of our environment, we need to invest more time and energy in exploring institutional innovation ” However, I believe that Innovation is fundamentally a useless word in terms of defining a strategic intent as it has a unique meaning for each person.  "Innovation" words come in many guises, with defined mind sets and siloed understanding.  The corporate (instructional) and early stage businesses use the same words but with very different understandings. Often in corporate life the same word is used to understand or express different outcomes.   Within a corporate mind set I see; Revolution and or revolutionary is typically the person or thing that chang

#FeynLabs = bringing computer science to the next generation

  I am a Fish which if judged by the academic system would believe I am stupid. If I were at school today I would rattle with pills, have my own personal counsellor and shrink, which is why I am a part of FeynLabs . Feynlabs is developing a set of unique techniques to accelerate the learning of programming, computer science and computational thinking among young people. If Girls don’t get excited about computing science by 12 they will probably be lost and we lack the teachers to get them on side.   We have just successfully completed our KickStarter with the Team and now have to start to deliver, all and any help welcome.    

Digital Footprints and Digital Shadows = It is about me irrespective of the source.

Image source :   When writing My Digital Footprint back in 2008 I decided to keep the idea of My Digital Footprint as a single concept and took the time to explain it   I explain that your, our or my "Digital Footprint" is what I say about myself, what others say about me and it is how we react to our content within the community. However, a digital footprint is also about information that electronic devices automatically add to content, location, attention, how I reached something, who sent me the content, who I send it on to etc…   Some are trying to define a digital footprint as what you post and a shadow as what others post about you.   My problem with separating them is that we need a third and fourth one which is about what the algorithm says about the data I post about myself and what the algorithm says about the data I others post about me. To me this becomes too complex so hence I kept the single term. My Digital Footp

The History of Predictive Analytics - background on the development of algorithms that model you and me!

  Source   Predictive analytics is not a method by a diversity of methods brought together to enable businesses/ government/ individuals to make smarter, better informed, decisions.   “We know what you will do before you do” …. as long as we have the data!

The Conversation Prism by @BrianSolis and @JESS3 - social media in one map

Source: and   Developed in 2008 by Brian Solis , The Conversation Prism is a visual map of the social media landscape. It’s an on-going study in digital ethnography that tracks dominant and promising social networks and organizes them by how they’re used in everyday life.

Love this advert using #Snowden - there is still more to uncover!

Dear Edward Snowden there's still more to uncover

Big Data: Small Data at Digital In Kent

Whether we know it or not: every piece of information we share on the internet creates a unique profile that speaks volumes about our personality.  Tony fish, founder of the Innovation Warehouse, shocks audiences by showing them how much data is collected from your online presence: without you being aware of it.  He also highly  recommends  the book "Predictably Irrational" by Dan Ariely which delver more into the subject.

Does Data Understand the meaning of a WINK? Video #ds13

Segmentation model based on data

Source for new thinking: It started with… " You know, I don't think I believe in segmentation anymore." She said it fast and softly, almost in hope that the sounds around us would make it inaudible. But we did hear it, and responded, "Well, we don't either." From observing … " we were finding an increasing disconnect between telling people about segmentation, targeting and positioning on the one hand, and about the increasing shift of control from brands to consumers, on the other " HBR presents a new kind of segmentation based the combinations of jobs that customers need to get done.  Think Ted Levitt's famous comment about selling ¼ inch holes rather than ¼ inch electric drills. They provide this outline…. Step #1: Identify the contexts in which customers are using the company's products. Step #2: Combine information about transactions and cust