The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

by Yule Heibel on December 19, 2010

  • Bruce Schneier continues to deliver the goods when it comes to smart analysis. His end-of-2010 predictions for 2020 are no exception. Example:

    We’re not Google’s customers; we’re Google’s product that they sell to their customers. It’s a three-way relation­ship: us, the IT service provider, and the advertiser or data buyer. And as these noncustomer IT relationships proliferate, we’ll see more IT companies treating us as products. If I buy a Dell computer, then I’m obviously a Dell customer; but if I get a Dell computer for free in exchange for access to my life, it’s much less obvious whom I’m entering a business relationship with. Facebook’s continual ratcheting down of user privacy in order to satisfy its actual customers­—the advertisers—and enhance its revenue is just a hint of what’s to come.
    One old trend: deperimeterization. Two current trends: consumerization and decentralization. Three future trends: deconcentration, decustomerization, and depersonization. That’s IT in 2020—­it’s not under your control, it’s doing things without your knowledge and consent, and it’s not necessarily acting in your best interests. And this is how things will be when they’re working as they’re intended to work; I haven’t even started talking about the bad guys yet.

    That’s because IT security in 2020 will be less about protecting you from traditional bad guys, and more about protecting corporate business models from you.

    Such a brave new world…

    tags: bruce_schneier trends security 2020 customers customer_relations

  • One of the best, most thought-provoking articles on education I’ve read in a long time, by Maria H. Andersen. Brilliant, brilliant insights and suggestions…

    Mass education is adequate, as long as students are highly motivated to learn and get ahead of their peers. In developing countries, a student who is successful in education will be able to climb the ladder of personal economic prosperity faster than those who are not successful. But in industrialized countries, where prosperity is the norm, an education does not necessarily translate into a significantly higher standard of living. In these countries, there is no longer a large economic incentive to learn, so the motivation to learn must become intrinsic. As we redesign en masse education, we must address learners’ intrinsic motivations, which means that education must circle back to being personal again.

    tags: maria_h_andersen education trends futurismo innovation disruption socialtheory

  • Wonderfully clear, concise summation of gov2.0, by David Cameron (British PM).

    tags: david_cameron britain gov2.0 ted_conference

  • “Cisco Whitepapers” : ~16 papers on urban innovation, sustainability, mobility, transportation, work centers, urban energy, infrastructure, digital swarming, gov2.0, social networks, real estate.

    tags: reference urban_development cisco whitepapers urbanism

  • Five excellent articles on *placemaking*.

    tags: placemaking project_for_public_spaces urbanism reference

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