Mar 11, 2015
Not everything I’ve written holds up well. But in re-reading the Digital Economy for 20th Anniversary edition re-write, I’m both struck by how the book has withstood the test of time, and deeply concerned about where we have arrived. The subtitle of the book was...
Nov 5, 2014
Apple has been called “the world’s most secretive company.” But when you look closely at Apple, . . .
Jan 24, 2014
Rapidly crossing geographic, gender and generational boundaries, digital technologies are shifting power from traditional hierarchies to networked heterarchies. If you want to know where society is headed, follow the technology.
Nov 2, 2012
Clay Shirky, a widely published authority on the Internet’s effects on society, and Don Tapscott, an author and adjunct professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto took the time to pose tough, timely questions to each other on how social media, intellectual property laws, and generational divides are affecting politics, business, and culture.
Jul 17, 2012
With radical transparency, all of our identities and behaviours become flattened and observable by others — and we lose control. We need a robust system for preserving our ability to maintain multiple and separate identities in the emerging real and virtual world of ubiquitous surveillance. This is a challenge, but our fundamental freedoms depend on getting the identity question right.
Jun 18, 2012
The tensions between information freedom and personal control are exploding, and not simply because of the benefits of sharing information using new media. Massive commercial and government interests, along with malevolent individuals, have much to gain as each of us reveals highly granular personal information, much of it in the public domain by default.
Jun 4, 2012
A growing number of people argue that the notion of having a private life in which we carefully restrict the information we share with others may not be a good idea.
May 26, 2012
Recently the New York Times reported that “Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight.”
May 25, 2012
The most powerful forces making the case for sharing personal information are not philosophers or media pundits — they are social media companies and other corporations who have a lot to gain from our social norms about privacy changing.