The news started hitting California early Saturday morning with an SMS alarm
on my mobile phone – a major earthquake struck Chile, and there was a
potential of tsunami activity in California and Hawaii (as well as the rest
of the Pacific). First stop – CNN. The news source was right on the story,
with real time information flowing into the newsroom from, not on-scene
journalists, but through Twitter and Facebook updates.
Another SMS message hits the phone letting me know there was a Twitter list
at #hitsunami, and the discussion would include all the most current news
related to tsunami preparations in Hawaii. Also gave a link to a web page
that was broadcasting a live feed from KHON in Honolulu until the station
integrated their feed on the KHON home page.
Back to CNN, cell phone videos began pouring in from Santiago and Concepcion.
CNN began broadcasting directly ... (more)
The Huffington Post recently posted a blog by Thomas Crampton highlighting
some of the differences between social media use in Asian countries vs. the
United States. Much of it driven by broadband deployment in technically
advanced countries like South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong (yes, I know…),
much of it a burning desire by young people in developing countries who want
to expand their social and intellectual evolution.
Indonesia is now the second largest user of Facebook in the world. Poor
broadband access (generally), low disposable income to buy personal
computers, and moral... (more)
Over the past two years I’ve interviewed dozens of government ICT managers
in countries throughout Asia, the Caribbean, and Europe. One of the
surprising items collected during the interviews is the large number of
government employees – some at the highest levels, using public mail
systems for their professional communications.
While this might appear as a non-issue with some, others might find it both a
security issue (by using a foreign commercial company to process and store
government correspondence), as well as an identity issue (by using an
[email protected] or [email protected].. (more)
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 P... (more)
Nobody can foresee events such as natural disasters. They happen, are often
tragic, and history records the event as a snapshot in time. Sometimes that
history is based on well-documented photos, videos, and personal
observations, and sometimes it is recorded as reality determined by persons
or governments with an agenda different than presenting empirical truth.
The government in Egypt recently tried disrupting communications by
temporarily stopping Internet and phone access, as well as attempting (in
some cases violently) to restrict or limit access to demonstrations by
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 specifi... (more)