There are 1/4 million 911 calls placed in the United States every day and most of them get through. So the System Works pretty well. However, it can be stressful and even frightening when someone calls 911 and no one picks up on the other end. Such problems have happened in both Denver and Dallas.
The Internet has changed the pattern of communication worldwide. It is a cultural shift as profound as any in history. We are experiencing the dawn of an era that has the potential to be either the most liberating or the most tyrannical the human race has ever experienced.
The recent Australian elections, which used paper ballots, got us thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of digital voting. Electronic voting advocates point out a number of very useful improvements to the process of voting. E-voting offers greater simplicity in terms of time and effort. It has the potential to improve the number of people voting in remote areas. It can speed up the voting process and also has the capacity to enable citizens who are disabled or who are out of the country, to vote more easily.
There are two golden rules. There's that do unto others one, but we're interested in the second golden rule which is, “Those with the gold make the rules.” Fortunately, this rule isn't always true. It's a bad idea for a special interest of any kind, rich or not, to always make the rules. And there are certainly vested interests when it comes to the Internet. There appears to be three major players These are, in no particular order, government, those with the gold, and the rest of us.
Leading up to an election, people’s opinions are ripe and I’ve been noticing of late too much negative messaging towards the Australian Government, selling the government short on the support they have provided startups. Much of this has been coming from various groups who have been forthcoming in claiming the parties are not doing enough and the policies put forward fall well short on other countries.
Change is in the air. Disruption is the order of the day and not just the kind caused by advances in technology. The recent disruption of the financial markets caused by Britain's decision to leave the EU is a case in point. It is an important illustration of just how much finance and business in general relies on politics. But, not only is there hope in uncertain times, there is a business solution that has nothing to do with politics.
Managing by results has other names. Aside from Managing for Results (MFR), it is sometimes referred to as Results Oriented Management (ROM) and Management by Objectives (MBO). Regardless of the name, it is a management system that is as old as the geologic strata.
IT, like any other human invention, is a two edged sword. It can be used to help or harm. Digital technology will have a major influence on the future and will determine the shape of our society in the days to come. The principal enablers of digital technology are government, business, education and the public. IT spreads as these different sectors of society foster each other. However, these enablers can also move IT in dangerous and destructive directions, as well.
Digital infrastructure has increasingly developed over the last few decades as innovation has piled on innovation. This infrastructure has redesigned existing technology and developed new technology as well. It reaches into all elements of modern society and has arrived at a point where a large portion of the human race takes it for granted.
Making markets is an important area of social development that relates to the ways in which business and government deal with new and often disruptive business models. Digital technology is the modern driver of disruptive models.