Archive for November, 2010

Michael Geist considers new “rules of the road” as lawful access legislation potentially reshapes Canada’s Internet

Monday, November 15th, 2010

The lnternet legislation that has been tabled federally, and described so well by Michael Geist in the November 14th, 2010 edition of the Toronto Star, provides important new “rules of the road” that will be hotly debated. Michael provides an important service by clearly presenting excellent summaries of important issues in the online world and his recent column is no exception.

Toronto Star
Lawful access legislation would reshape Canada’s Internet
By Michael Geist
Internet Law Columnist

The Toronto Star
Sunday, November 14, 2010

As Board Chair of the Kids’ Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA), I can certainly support the legislation, subject to a good debate, as it moves through committee discussions. Among other goals, most of the legislation’s provisions strike at the heart of being able to quickly identify and track those who destroy the lives of our children by luring and/or exploiting them online while displaying their sick abuse in action. Many companies with vested interests, and some of the general public, will decry the legislation while using “invasion of privacy” as their screen. But a civilized society needs new “rules of the road” to combat the downside of new technologies. We have had these new “rules of the road” debates many times before, ever since the development of the printing press and probably before then. I am sure we all remember the cries of “invasion of privacy” when seat belt rules were introduced … a simple example, but one of many. We test and license our drivers so we know who they are and where they live, another “invasion of privacy”.

Like all legislation, this legislation needs effective debate and study, but let’s remember the need to “minimize the downside” as we also celebrate the upside of the Internet and its future evolution. One “downside” is the rapid growth of today’s estimated one million crime scene images circulating on the Web of children as they are actually being sexually abused. It’s a horrible image to even mention but not as terrible as the inerasable experience being lived by our children. The images will circulate for years on the Internet while the abuse will forever change the lives of the abused.

Review of Macrowikinomics, by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Macrowikinomics, by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. WilliamsI have just finished reading Macrowikinomics, Rebooting Business and the World, by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams. The book is an absolute must read for anyone interested in the opportunities and challenges of the digital revolution as viewed from today’s lens. In Macrowikinomics, Don and Anthony describe a wide range of interesting and inspirational initiatives using today’s collaborative technologies and processes to create new models and systems across business and society. They describe how the new “Age of Networked Intelligence” is rendering old models “insufficient”, but they also describe many exciting new models. Tapscott and Williams have really nailed it with a perfect TEN!

Don has an uncanny ability to view history and the evolution of technology and create future visions with economic and societal dimensions. In 1993, he and Art Caston wrote Paradigm Shift, an international bestseller in which they wrote, “A fundamental change is taking place in the nature and application of technology in business”. Today, ten books later, Don and Anthony offer a very sophisticated, interesting and well-researched look at the impact of technology’s inexorable advance; who had ever heard about petabytes and exabytes back in ‘93? If you want the real scoop on opportunities and challenges in banking, healthcare, learning, science, transportation, the entrepreneurial world and the public sector, you must read Macrowikinomics.

Revitalizing city cores, reinventing Canadian society

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

The following recent article in Backbone Magazine is recommended reading … if I do say so myself!

Revitalizing city cores, reinventing Canadian society
One of North America’s largest urban revitalization projects asks if high-end technology leads to the good life
By Trevor Marshall

October 13, 2010

Backbone MagazineImagine a brand new community designed around ubiquitous ultra-high-speed Internet access. Would the ideal online environment change the way its citizens live, work, innovate and interact? Canadians will start discovering the answer to that question in a couple of years when the first commercial and residential smart buildings open their doors at Waterfront Toronto, one of North America’s largest urban revitalization projects. It will start with George Brown College’s new Waterfront Campus, to be completed in 2012, and “people will start moving into the first condos in 2012 as well,” said Bill Hutchison, chair of Waterfront Toronto’s i-Waterfront Advisory Council and executive director of Waterfront Toronto’s Intelligent Communities.

Read the complete article here.