Geoffrey Wells’ Weekly letter.
Writing about (in no particular order)
Privacy, Music, Elephants & Cybersecurity
When people think about privacy on the Internet, they come to question the concept of TRUST. Although the number-crunchers and propeller-heads want to think that commerce is “just business”, in fact it only succeeds because there is an element of trust. Well, Ed Snowden changed that. Trust began to erode, and that made b-to-c commerce much more challenging.
If you have the time, and care about this, then listen to this (above) one-hour panel on the subject of trust, from Bloomberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, featuring:
Marissa Mayer, chief executive officer for Yahoo! Inc.
Marc Benioff, chief executive officer for Salesforce.com
Mike Fries, chief executive officer for Liberty Global Plc
Tim Berners-Lee, computer scientist at MIT
and EU’s digital economy chief Guenther Oettinger
They talk about the outlook for cloud computing, securing personal data on the Internet and steps web-based businesses must take to gain user trust.
If you don’t have the time, then here are my quick notes on the panel discussion:
privacy + “beneficent” applications + transparency = TRUST
For jazz after 11pm in NYC, I recommend the late night session at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
What a blast — every Tuesday-Saturday at 11:30PM, the Late Night Session features some of jazz’s most talented up-and-comers.
Late Night Session curator and vocalist Michael Mwenso hosts special sets on Thursday and Saturday nights showcasing select invited guests.
No reservations necessary. Just swing by!
$5 cover Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Hint: I use this as a key device in THE FACES IN THE RAIN.
Ivory smuggling tied to cybercrime?
The assumption that I make in THE FACES IN THE RAIN about the African ivory trade being a supply chain facilitated by cyber criminals, is not so far fetched.
This week Reuters reports that, Kenya weighs Chinese request for extradition of 76 held for cyber crime.
Couple this story from the Huffington Post that Chinese officials are using their embassy to smuggle ivory,
And this report, that some staff members of the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania were major buyers of illegal ivory.
Kingpin arrested in Mombasa:
…and the conclusion is that where there is gold there’ll be crooks.
But, because of the transparency that Internet scrutiny brings, and because Kenya and Tanzania have no intention of being colonized again (this time by China), they will prosecute those who trade in ivory. And I wish them every success! Good news.
Cybersecurity news continues to slam us across the networks. Here’s a sampling of clips:
“the digital tools that are reshaping our economy make more sense to young digital natives than to members of older generations”
I have a growing selection of video on my YouTube channel.
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Safety tip of the week:
When you register at any Internet service, try to NOT use your email address.
If they allow it, use a different user name. It makes hacking a lot harder.
Author of two novels, I write fiction and blog about elephants, bio diversity, authenticity, and internet anarchy; i.e. our response-ability for a sustainable world.