Category: Technology


Sorry if this post is a little disjointed.   This issue has been building but I haven’t taken my usual time to write and review a post which can take days.  I’m just going to post it and may update it over time.

I’m trying to keep up with all the new network connections being built for the #edcmooc class but it’s getting increasingly difficult. And class doesn’t even start until Jan 28. One of my original objectives for taking this class was to see if I could learn to juggle multiple collaborative tools inside my workplace. I had hoped  the small group that spontaneously formed in mid November would help give me insights into new technologies or techniques to better deal with time management challenges. But that hasn’t happened yet.  In fact, I feel more overwhelmed by having to look at so many additional tools and groups.

I suspect there are multiple factors but at least two that I see include my own schedule (holidays, work, illness) that kept me from fully asking questions and the fact that a foundational network needed to be built with supporting tools/techniques (including experimenting with some). While the experience of sharing insights about elearning has been very inspiring, I feel no closer to meeting my personal objective of learning to juggle all these collaborative networks/technologies to which I am connected. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

In terms of the digital divide, I am starting to see this with the many collaborative tools/networks being established for #edcmooc.  There is Facebook (over 2000members), G+ (only 402 members), Twitter, Diigo, Wikispaces, YouTube, Synchtube, and so on (can’t even remember all the networks at this point).   Since not everyone is on all of them, some people will only get some of the information.  That means that some people must act as a bridge and share information between applications or people will have to join everything leading to more conversations and overload.  This is part of the problem that I have at work with internal collaborative tools – as more capabilities are introduced the information flow is fragmented and networks dispersed.  Somehow there needs to be a capability to prevent this from happening.  I just haven’t seen it yet.

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Social media is teaching me that there is no sense in arguing with someone is blinded by their passions – whether it’s love of an individual, love of stuff like guns or love of power. Some writers/researchers say it’s because of anonymity which allows people to write anything they want. I agree to some extent but I also wonder if it isn’t due to the fact that we no longer come face-to-face with those who have contradictory points of view. Instead we read what fits our passions and ignore the other writings as utter rot created by blathering idiots. To the point that we “unfollow” or “unfriend” or “unlike” someone because they dared to contradict our point of view. Sad that even the brightest seem rarely able to think objectively.  I’m not sure yet whether I will do any research into this area but I find it a disturbing phenomenon at global scale vice small groups arguing face-to-face in coffee shops.

While I couldn’t attend the first day of the Open Government and Innovations (OGI) conference, I was disappointed in Day 2. I won’t dwell on my overall feelings; I thought that Jaime Maynard did an excellent job in detailing the problems in her blog. However, I would like to talk about the panel on Securing Web2.0 and Social Media. This is an extremely important topic that has not been addressed in many forums to date. I was looking forward to learning about government initiatives and possible solutions for some pretty big challenges. Unfortunately, the panel did not seem prepared to discuss much of anything leaving it to the audience to discuss. I walked away frustrated by what seemed to be continuing government inertia and in several cases industry arrogance toward audience questions. So I think it is important to provide some thoughts on what I would have liked to see in a panel on “Securing web 2.0 and social media”. I would have liked to see the ODNI rep give a good threat briefing. Some folks are not aware of the implications of social media. Mr. Mark Morrison did mention one fact but that was late into the discussions. If a good threat briefing was needed, DIA recently gave one at the DoDIIS Worldwide conference that has been written up several times (see ciozone.com review or GCN article ). It would need to be expanded to include some stats on things like ddos,phishing attacks and other internet security problems in addition to social media. But that would have been easy to do. And this type of briefing would have set the stage for the next set of discussions hopefully led by NIST on challenges and government actions (e.g. setting standards, the subcommittee under the Federal CIO’s Council chaired by DHS), current government initiatives (e.g.case studies from govt agencies) followed by the industry response with both how industry can support/is supporting and how they are handling their own internal security issues. Then it could have been opened up to the audience to add challenges and their own initiatives, ask questions and suggest ideas. If handled well, the audience could have come away with some lessons learned and perhaps started to develop a roadmap.  Ideally one of the government initiatives would have been to start the equivalent of “security.gov” (similar in nature to data.gov or recovery.gov) as a starting point where both the American public and government could go to share lessons learned, report problems, and look for solutions.

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