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In this two-part blog, I am going to talk about the Intel Cloud Data protection solution that helps our customers utilize their data, in both a context and content-aware manner. This is a newer set of technologies that has hit the market in the last few years. In the past, we used to think just encrypting the transport layer (such as TLS/SSL) was good enough. Given the complex nature of services and API composition, we quickly realized that it was not enough. Then we moved to protect the messages (most of the time,  the entire message), or at a field level to protect the specific sensitive fields. The problem with any of these scenarios was that it was somewhat static in nature; somewhere there was a definition of what “sensitive data” is, and details related to strict protection of that data. However, when there is a real need to send sensitive data out and a need... (more)

Citizen Journalism Studied Around the World

Citizen Journalism Studied Around the World Citizen journalism, once the butt of jokes by professional journalists, is now studied by over 51 major universities around the world. The website www.academia.edu (who’s researching what?) recently posted a list of major universities where citizen journalism is being taught, studied or researched on some level. Here’s the link to their list: http://www.academia.edu/People/Citizen_Journalism. As Catalyst-in-Chief of the National Association of Citizen Journalists, I’m pleased to see that some J-schools now recognize the role that John and Jane Doe journalists have in the future of the media. In our attempt to expand the professionalism of citizen journalists, my partner, Susan Carson Cormier, and I have recently published “Handbook for Citizen Journalists.” Aspiring and active citizen journalists will find a wealth of infor... (more)

A Look into Moldova’s ICT Community with Ana Chirita

We first met Ana Chirita while surveying ICT companies in Moldova for a national cloud computing project.  As Executive Director of the Moldovan Association of Private ICT Companies, Ana provided introductions to local companies, industry background, and aggressive follow-on support to our project.  As an advocate and evangelist for her community, Ana plays an important role in developing Moldova’s ICT industry.  You can listen to the entire interview on audio here. John Savageau: This morning we have Ms. Ana Chirita who is the Executive Director of the Moldovan Association of Private ICT (information and communications technology) Companies. Good morning Ana! What I’d like to do is just have you start out and describe the purpose and the role of the Moldovan Association of Private ICT Companies. What is it? Ana Chirita: It is an association formed of 29 companies, a... (more)

Telligent Elevates Customer Experience with Social Customer Service that Lowers Costs and Drives Revenue

Telligent Community 7.0 empowers companies to evolve customer service from a cost center into a revenue driver DALLAS, TX - September 19, 2012 - Telligent, one of the pioneers in social software for the enterprise, today introduced Telligent Community 7.0, its newest version of online community software designed to elevate customer experience through social customer service. Telligent Community 7.0 gives companies the most comprehensive solution for social customer service that engages business decision makers before, during, and after the sale. The newest product release addresses the needs of customer care while creating opportunities for product development, sales and marketing, creating a 360-degree view into the customer experience. "Online communities have long been championed as channels to reduce costs through online self-service and peer-to-peer support," s... (more)

Houston, We Have Cloud

The data centers of the future may look more like NASA ground control – governance inside, resources out One theme has remained consistent throughout the evolution of cloud thus far - enterprise IT wants to retain control of both its data and access to to it. This is not an unreasonable demand. After all, it is enterprise IT - and its leadership - that will pay the price should customer data leak or regulations not complied with. Despite the growing view that cloud security is a joint, shared responsibility between customer and provider, it is enterprise IT that must put into place the mechanisms for both controlling and proving control over data and access, not cloud providers or integrators. The provider can offer services designed to provide that control, but it is not the one that must implement the polices or report on their effectiveness. Amazon throws down the... (more)

[wef] Web Tourism

I’m at the first Web Economy Forum, in Cesena, Italy. It is, unfortunately, terribly under-attended, which is a shame since the first session I’ve gone to was quite good. But it’s being webcast, so we can hope that there are people listening who are not in the room. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people. Note that because of the translation, these notes are especially rough and choppy. The first speaker is Prof Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt from the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute in Germany. Chinese travel is increasing: 1 out of ten world travelers are from China. The Net and online media are highly significant to travelers figuring ou... (more)

Two New Limited Edition Flavours For Christmas From Divine Chocolate

Tuesday 22 July, 2014 Divine Chocolate is delighted to announce two brand new limited edition additions to their range of 100g bars especially for Christmas. The Divine Dark Chocolate with Pear & Ginger and the Milk Chocolate with Spiced Toffee Apple have been created especially for the festive period and will be available from Ethical Superstore, Oxfam and independent retailers. RRP £2:49 Made with the ‘best of the best’ Fairtrade cocoa from Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana, the co-operative that owns 45% of Divine, Divine has brought together its rich velvety dark chocolate with juicy pieces of pear plus a kick of natural ginger oil while festive spiced apple and crunchy toffee pieces make a perfect Christmassy addition to Divine’s seriously smooth milk chocolate. The bars come wrapped in jewel colours of dark purple and pink, decorated with gold adinkras, making them a very ... (more)

Frost & Sullivan Applauds Musoni for Extending Microfinancing to Kenya's Previously Unbanked Population Using Mobile Money Technology

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the microfinance industry (MFI), Frost & Sullivan recognises Musoni with the 2014 Kenyan Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership. The company is the first 100 percent mobile microfinance institution in the world. By using a mobile platform as a channel to deliver its products and services to customers, Musoni has positioned itself to bring the benefits of microfinance to parts of the Kenyan population left behind by traditional microfinance institutions. Musoni has consistently delivered its products to clients within 72 hours, which is significantly faster than the usual turnaround time of 7 to 14 days for loans in the microfinance sector in Kenya. Continuous investment in research and development (R&D) has enabled the company to maintain its high standard of product and... (more)

Global e-Learning Industry

LONDON, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Global e-Learning Industry https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/315760/Global-e-Learning-Industry.html This report analyzes the worldwide markets for e-Learning in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Academic eLearning, and Corporate eLearning. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2013 through 2020. Also, a seven-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs. The report profiles 384 companies including many key and niche players such as - Adobe Systems Inc. Apollo ... (more)

Technology for a Cashless Society | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #Sensors

I happened to be in India last November when prime minister Modi announced the demonetization program, where 86% of the currency in the form of two paper bills (Rs. 500 and 1000 denomination) were made defunct. People were given time to deposit their existing currencies in the bank. Those who had unusually high volume of such currencies were supposed to declare the legal source or face stiff penalties such as 60-75% tax. The goal was to catch the money hoarders and black marketers who avoid paying taxes on such undeclared money. Four months later, I happened to visit India last February. Everyone suggested I download an app called Paytm. I could transfer money from a bank account instantly. What was convenient with Paytm was that I could use it at gas stations, small stores, and even at roadside vendor shops. Everyone seems to have installed the Paytm station where... (more)

4iX Istanbul Innovation Xchange Draws Global Investors from 12 Different Countries; Will Showcase Turkey’s Exciting Start-Ups

The 4iX, the 4th Istanbul International Innovation Investors Xchange, www.istanbulinnovation.com, taking place 15-16 November 2011, will be the innovation showcase of the year – featuring the hottest Turkish start-ups in a variety of sectors. A star-studded lineup of international investors and keynote speakers will both evaluate the companies and discuss investing opportunities. The format will be in the unique interactive format developed by BootCamp Ventures. The two day event will feature leading global investors from more than a dozen countries including the U.S., Dubai, U.K., Germany, Greece, Russia, Jordan as well as leading Turkish executives. Highlights: 20 exciting tech companies will be featured in digital media, mobile, ITC and seed Mike Cassidy of Google & “Start-Up King of Silicon Valley’s” keynote will be: “Speed is the Ultimate Startup Weapon?” Ali S... (more)