“At the moment of truth—in store, online and elsewhere—consumers are making a choice and a choice that is heavily influenced by brands with a social purpose,” said Amy Fenton, global leader of public development and sustainability, Nielsen. “This behavior is on the rise and we are seeing this manifest into positive impact in our communities as well as share growth for brands.”—It Pays To Be Green: Corporate Social Responsibility Meets the Bottom Line (via gerdfeed)
“It’s like the boiling frog,” Snowden tells me. “You get exposed to a little bit of evil, a little bit of rule-breaking, a little bit of dishonesty, a little bit of deceptiveness, a little bit of disservice to the public interest, and you can brush it off, you can come to justify it. But if you do that, it creates a slippery slope that just increases over time, and by the time you’ve been in 15 years, 20 years, 25 years, you’ve seen it all and it doesn’t shock you”—Edward Snowden: The Untold Story | Threat Level | WIRED (via gerdfeed)
I learned something cool at the CC board meeting Friday. Amazon has a program (“Smile”) that will give a portion of your Amazon purchases to a charity of your choice. Click here and you can select a charity. And you’re totally free then to select Creative Commons.
“In a decade, cognitive enhancement may have gone mainstream. Pills can already help you stay up longer, bring more focus to your work, and who knows what else. But what might sound good on an individual level could create societal disruptions, or so Palo Alto think-tank the Institute for the Future proposes in its latest Ten-Year Forecasts.”—How Human Rights Will Change When Everyone Can Upgrade Their Brains
“We’re very excited to be working with Wearable Intelligence to bring wearable-technology based solutions to the energy services sector. The bulk of our work happens in the field, and I can see a future where wearable technology enables every engineer access to the right information at the right time.”—Wearable Intelligence
“De Maizière: Yes, it worries all of us. The Internet, and this is one of its true strengths, depends on freedom. But the explosive propagation of communication has led to problems of order and choice — a situation that has been exacerbated by the market power of corporations. Because if a net provider and a content provider join forces, then they can steer the Internet and determine its content. So I don’t even need to be talking about state censorship here.”—German Minister: ‘US Operating Without any Kind of Boundaries’ - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
“To more closely mimic communications as they play out in offline contexts. “When you have a conversation in real life, it doesn’t follow you for the rest of your life,” Pluto’s co-creator, David Gobaud, tells the Journal. “Sure, there are some business emails or emails related to a contract you might want to keep but most other emails, you want them to go away.””—'This Email Will Self-Destruct After You Read It'
“According to the Oxford study, “occupations that involve complex perception and manipulation tasks, creative intelligence tasks, and social intelligence tasks are unlikely to be substituted by computer capital over the next decade or two.””—Why You Should Revolt Against the ‘Robot Uprising’ (via futuristgerd)
“In the aftermath of yesterday’s events, it’s clear that forward secrecy is necessary to protect against unforseeable threats to SSL private keys. Whether that threat is an existing or future software bug, an insider who steals the key, a secret government demand to enable surveillance, or a new cryptographic breakthrough, the beauty of forward secrecy is that the privacy of today’s sessions doesn’t depend on keeping information secret tomorrow.”—Why the Web Needs Perfect Forward Secrecy More Than Ever
“China’s competitive edge has long been its vast supply of cheap hands. But as the country grows richer, skills shortages are driving wages rapidly up. Foxconn’s decision to alter its mix of capital and labour is thus logical, and mirrors what many smaller firms are already doing.”—Robots don’t complain
“According to the Oxford study, “occupations that involve complex perception and manipulation tasks, creative intelligence tasks, and social intelligence tasks are unlikely to be substituted by computer capital over the next decade or two.””—Why You Should Revolt Against the ‘Robot Uprising’
“Russia’s invasion of the Crimea could push the country into a sharp recession. Yet Moscow’s war on Internet freedom should spook investors even more. It risks long term damage to Russia’s economy, according to a recent report by Dalberg. President Putin should change course and support a free and open Internet before it’s too late.”—Russia’s War on Internet Freedom Is Bad for Business and the Russian Economy
“As Werner Vogels, Amazon’s chief technology officer, said in last week’s BBC article on retailing: “You can never have too much data. Bigger is definitely better. The more data you can collect the finer-grained the results can be.””—Big Data’s Big Impact Across Industries
“Most encouragingly, most of this progress has taken place in the developing world, which has accounted for 90% of global net additions for mobile cellular and 82% of global net additions of new Internet users since early 2010, when the Commission was set up.”—ITU: Broadband can solve global development gap
Millennials have been ‘sold’ a recipe for success when growing up – work hard, get good grades and cushion your CV with some extra curricular activities and after university you’ll get a good entry level job…or so it went.
There are three reasons why the above recipe has failed to deliver. Millennials are entering the job market during one of the biggest economic shifts of the past 50 years and they are competing against a global workforce – not the local and small pool of competing workers that their parents and grandparents knew. Lastly they are sandwiched between the world that was and the world that will be, a world increasingly characterized by the military term, VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) and a transition to transient advantages (as Rita Gunter McGrath writes here).
To illustrate this dynamic between the old and new world, let’s look at an example. On the one hand, the job market wants Millennials to play by the rules: “Upload your CV, in format X and do not send us anything unsolicited.” On the other hand they want Millennials to demonstrate their creativity and out-of-the-box thinking (there’s a woman who landed a job by sending the CEO a plastic arm and leg with the note ‘I’ll give an arm and a leg for 30 minutes of your time’). True story. Regardless of the approach taken, what is it like when Millennials try to enter the job market?
Facebook may be riding on the coattails of opposition to NSA surveillance, suggested Mukul Krishna, digital media senior global director at Frost & Sullivan.
For Zuckerberg, who once famously said, in effect, that privacy was dead, “this is a really nice way to get onto the bandwagon and say Facebook’s looking out for the interests of subscribers,” Krishna said.
“Such uncertainty about our collective digital future demands careful scrutiny of our governing practices today, and necessitates the development of visionary information policies which comprehensively confront these complex dilemmas.”—Why Our Future Depends on a Neutral Internet